What a brilliant start to another great series from this author. It has all the elements required of a good science fiction story, from space battles to alien contact to bad guys doing horrendous things and the good guys finding ways to stop them. This one is a little different to the usual run of sci fi. A melange of all the best ideas in the genre. The characters are very richly portrayed, the world building shows attention to the smallest detail and the battles, in space and dirt side, are realistic. The love interest is just enough without overpowering the rest of the story. Perfection!