That term - epic - gets thrown around a lot but in this case it's a most fitting title. There is enough here for five books: a Crime Thriller, a Space Opera, A Clone Novel, a Conspiracy Mystery, and a Adventure tale. There are too many characters to possibly mention - except who I consider to be the main femme fatale and protagonist: Angela, a person of such single-minded ambition you won't soon forget. The thread weaving through the story reminded me of the 'Fountainhead' a little, where Roark would sacrifice everything and anything so does Angela.
The story is so weeping it's breathtaking, starting with a mundane murder connected to clones and gangs and corporations and other worlds while encompassing aliens and ... Angela the most badass determined female I've ever read. The author dribbles out enticing bits of critical information when you least except them just enough to always keep you guessing. The world building is phenomenal with rich tidbits of things that will certainly come in the next few hundred years. The best part of the book is that every time you think you know where it's going, the story opens a new unforeseen path to go down.
Yes there are a few flaws. Some of the technology seems oddly dated considering the time frame. While we have gateways to the stars and implanted communications mesh, most vehicles still have human drivers despite the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence.
And he length of the book is not one of those flaws though despite some complaints. At 1077 pages I don't think I would have cut a single word. I was so sorry when I got to the end I became slightly depressed. I wanted it to go on....