Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Del Rey Books (27 Feb 2007)
The fourth and, to date, latest book in the Vatta's war series sees the story being set for the long run. In this volume, with Stella being established as the new Vatta CEO, and Ky having begun building a force to fight back against Gammis's pirate forces, the focus switches to Rafe, who has been getting worried at not hearing from home - home being the headquarters of ISC, the company responsible for the ansible network. So he carefully disguises himself, and returns to Nexus to find out what's going on. What he discovers is another head on the hydra of treachery.
This is a mid-series book. With the current pacing, it certainly doesn't feel like it will end at the end of next volume - I'd guess six or maybe seven books as a total - so the content is mostly consolidation, while slowly peeling back more layers of the plot, showing just how deeply the Organisation has infiltrated civilised society, and how there is now little but a layer of varnish between that civilisation and anarchy. And yes, there is a big set-piece space battle - something that Moon does so well. In this case, it's using the new shipboard ansibles for communication, showing how instantaneous knowledge in battle is an enormous edge.
Although some have found it so so, I found it still enjoyable.