Book 2 of the Koban series, and a fitting continuation of the series. I am re-reading the series before reading Book 4, and am thoroughly enjoying a well written book, with an excellent concept and excellent execution. This author knows where he's going, and gives me confidence that the story is going exactly as it should. Some call parts slow or long-winded, but I suspect those are the parts i most enjoy. SPOILER ALERT. The world of Koban and the animals - or should one call at least some of them indigenous sentients - is a stroke of genius on Mr Bennett's part. The Krall and their motivation are explained in Book 1, and here they are commencing their plan of making the galaxy and the unfortunate human worlds fit into the Krall concept. On a first read, those passages kept me turning over pages, (they still do), but I love the passages set on Koban. I did on first read, but even more so on second read - or maybe this is my third reading of Koban: The Mark of Koban. It's one of the few sci-fi series by a modern author that I can re-read as eagerly as E E 'Doc' Smith, Harry Harrison, Asimov, Heinlein, etc. Excellent.
I was expecting more of the same and a long, drawn out development of the plot but this is a roller-coaster ride which I couldn't put down. Totally believable and really well written. Just about to dive into the next episode!