I loved this book, I read it at every opportunity and it left me wanting more! As ever the characters grip you and are very believable. The politics and military action is realistic and exciting to read without any techno babble to befuddle the reader. The political intrigue and plotlines make this story a great combination of space opera, thriller and all action. It is well written and plays on your emotions. When the characters have set backs and stuff happens it is easy to emote with them and feel appalled and frustrated when they do. It was a smooth read and really kept me captivated. I look forward to the next instalment.