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Intelligent personality driven space opera at its best
on 5 September 2011
Omnibus edition of 'Local Custom', 'Scouts Progress' and 'Conflict of Honours'. Other reviewers have summarised the plot. Much more interesting to me as a prospective buyer would be the angle taken by the authors and this is its real value and originality. Make no mistake, this is about people, and (like Bujold's Vorkosigan saga) more and intelligent gripping for it.
I was new to the series with this book. I was plunged (delighted with the depth) into a richly detailed, credible, gripping, complex world of flawed-yet-sympathetic characters, cultural oddities and a wonderful network of people, relationships and values. The Science and technial-operational detail is there as a complement to that, but drips out around the people and leave alot to the imagination but is rational, consitent and interesting.
Our characters talents vary from social to genetic, piloting to linguistic, from cultural to mathematic, from cargo-handling to psychic. The bad are borderline overdrawn sociopaths, the good and the bad get their just deserts and the book is impossible to put down!
Recomended with the same enthusiasm as Moon, Bujold and Weber. On now for the next in the series (Amazon get your series linked up and organised properly PLEASE!): 'Agents Gambit' and 'Korval's Game'. Note all are big tomes (the next 2 books are each 655 and 829 Pages) and I can't wait for kindle to carry them...