And Stackpole just keeps setting things up and rolling along. This book concluded a number of plot threads that have been building in the last two books. The characters are still very well-rounded and developed - and you just get to like them. Even the bad guys are at least real - you understand why they are the way they are. Sometimes I did get a little lost with some of the descriptions of dogfighting but that didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. Now I'm all geared up to start the next one!