This book was a novella expanded to novel length by adding in pure fluff and filler. There was only one significant event in this book, and it fits in with the overall theme of the series, but it didn't require everything that took up (wasted) space in this book.
I consider this book a prime example of how not to do things in order to make more money by selling extra books on a contract. Then I find out the new main story novel, Lord of the Mountains, is nearly HALF the length of this filler novel. All events of true significance could have been combined with Lord of the Mountains to make one good novel.
After all these years of reading him I expect far better of S. M. Stirling than this.
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