This may be my favorite of the series that I have read so far (I have read through book 4 at this point). The feel is very different from book 1. I suspect that John wrote the bulk of book one with Nick writing the journo bot chapter and the epilogue, while Nick likely wrote a majority of this book on his own. This book introduces some of the more interesting characters of the series. While book one is mainly hardcore mil-sf this one has more of that rebellious freedom fighter feel. The strict military structure is gone and most of the story revolves around 2 accomplished and competing bounty hunters. Each of the characters play the lovable rogue archetype differently but both are done extremely well based on their back stories. I would highly reccommend this series, and love this installment in particular.