I found Ken Lozito through the "First Colony" series. I enjoyed that so I thought to give this earlier work a go. It's good but by no means great. This was an omnibus of the first three books of he series. The first book starts off as a sort of science mystery. The story is interesting but the characters are week and underdeveloped. There is some dimension, Lozito didn't make that mistake, just not much. It seems that a lot of time is spent on a teen level romance which wouldn't be too awful if the characters weren't in their thirties.
The second book in the series is were things came undone for me. There were two alien races introduced but they weren't very alien. They were just more undeveloped characters with green skin (or bark skin). I was so disappointed that I almost didn't read the third book in the omnibus.
The third book gets better. The characters start to develop, finally. The aliens are still not alien, but become more interesting. The story takes some interesting twists and leaves a nice set-up book four. I went from not wanting to read book three, to thinking about picking up the next installment. You can definitely see improvement in Lozito's style as the series progresses.