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Long-winded and overlong for too little story
on 2 August 2012
It starts off with a very interesting concept for a future in which Earth and its many off-world colonies are governed by a ruling body which is, in essence, the US government but with a more elitist structure and only a smidgeon of democratic function. It is backed by a military staffed almost entirely by clones, who grow up in military "orphanages" and led by a human (and mostly Earth-born) officer class. The story is told from the point of view of Wayson Harris, a recent graduate from one of these orphanages and the only orphan who was not a clone. On his first assignment he gets involved in a political plot which will dominate the remainder of the book and will see him earn some fast promotions, reveal unlikely allies but also the inevitable enemies. The big problem is that the story builds up to a big reveal, which happens barely half way through the book and it seems as if the story has spent itself at that point. What follows are long descriptions with only a minimal point to the story itself, a few more momentous events thrown in for good measure and an ending whose only purpose is setting up the sequel. Unfortunately by that time I was so disinterested I only skimmed through the final few chapters.