This is a fun series to read. There is a formula that is repeated, ie impossible task, skippy insults our hero as various scenarios are put forward, unlikely possibility put forward, mission runs into a number of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, success is finally grasped from the jaws of defeat through hero's last second inspiration and Skippy's unmatchable awesomeness. Who cares, it works and it keeps the reader wanting to see what happens. The deeper mysteries of what really happened to the Elders and Skippy's clouded past are being slowly revealed. I get the feeling that we are only being given a fleeting glimpse of the true capacity of Skippy's awesomeness. I await with baited breath.