I honestly do not understand "fans" complaints about this great little story. The short story was clearly not meant to be a huge piece (though I have to admit that it did serve to make me want to read more). This was a sideline, if you will. Cotton fans (Malone's Clones)have been begging for more info and storyline on Cassiopeia Vitt and this was a little taste of what is to come. It makes for a lovely appetizer before the book release next month (a whole month earlier than usual!).
This short story is totally in keeping with Steve Berry's usual 'learn a little while all the action is going on' style. The details are lush and the suspense tense; all you would expect to find a full length novel - certainly more than one usually finds in a short story.
If you, like me, have devoured every single book by Steve Berry, then I highly recommend you spend the buck and a half on the download(I mean really - how much did your coffee cost this morning?). By the time the main course arrives next month, you will be very glad you did!