It’s a good thing that I continued reading this series after having read the first book. The first book is quite okay but, surprisingly, it has little the do with the rest of the series. The first book is not the first in the actual time line to start with and has a lot more space opera and politics in the mix than the following ones.
The latter books, including this one, are great books. They are exactly my cup of tea. Very little politics and heavy focus on military strategy in space and, of course, space battles. There is a tiny little bit of politics where the left-wingers are allowed to be their usual incompetent loud mouthed assholes but it is not much. The bad guys are really bad guys. No need to even contemplate negotiations, just shoot to kill or these guys will not kill you but eat you. The end result is the same though.
I wish that David Weber had brought some more of this space action that he is so good at into his latest Honor Harrington books. The battles are detailed and you get to follow the strategic decisions and build ups to battle. Also the strategy is largely left in the hands where they belong this time, that is in the military hands.
My only gripe in the book is some personnel losses that I could have been without but I guess it’s a way of bringing new characters to the front line, literally.
I hope the next one is as good as this one. I have already started to read it and it looks promising.