I gave it three stars as this was the first time this author let me down. This was a novella about the opening battle of a war. It was not a beginning, middle, and an end book. Yes, it is part of a series. But all the other books tell a story. The non battle part wasn't even concluded when the book ended. Either he was rushed for a deadlift e he did not want, or the author was greedy. Either way, the book was very disappointing. Still great writing, just disappointing book.