Long a fan of the writer, I was both awaiting and dreading this. Would form be maintained in a new genre? Fortunately it has. This was exciting Space Opera, with action humour and even some pathos. You can tell the influence of other writers (Ringo, Drake, Stirling, and Hamilton come to mind) but this is a successful blend of the ideas those authors have raised in one series or another. The pace is cracking, characters are sufficiently deep enough to invest in and the action scenes are authentic. If you are a fan of this genre then you will NOT be disappointed.