The previous books in this series have been stellar, and although this one started and ended well, there was so much lacking thriugh the meat of the story that I was tempted to give up.
This secret new group he works for and their power, authority, and connections to the rest of the world are not explained well, and instead of feeling pleasantly mysterious, it simply produces frustration. His various transitions between government/extra-government/terrorist group/terrorist city/military custody/vigilante feel confusing and rushed, without Fury's typically-excellent contextualization and scene shifting. The extremely bizarre insertion of his "wife" into the storyline is certainly unexpected, but it never delivers on the subliminal promises it suggests, and after multiple chapters of that thread not really getting tied in, every mention of her ends up being disorienting. Motivations remain unclear throughout the book, even when it seems as though they were intended to be obvious.
I am glad I kept reading, for the last moments of the plot are nice, and finally start to make some sense of things, allowing me to avoid giving less than three stars; however, it is still too little too late. Because the previous books were SO good, I intend to purchase the next on faith that this was a fluke, but if the suffering I felt as a reader is repeated, I will have to put down these books for good. I have high hopes; I am confident that this is not Dalton Fury's best, and I am very much looking forward to better.