Kratman really rolls with this continuation of the storyline started in A Desert Called Peace. The pace of the action is quick and builds effectively on the groundwork laid down in the first novel of the series. Most importantly, it's damned enjoyable read. While continuing the "what if" scenarios that gave rise to the series, Carnifex adds new twists while delivering on the hard hitting action we've come to expect From Colonel Kratman.
Additionally, there continues to be a very didactic element to these books that enhances the story. The author conducts a master-level course in the recruitment, training, and equipping of troops as well as the deployment and leadership of them in combat along with a healthy dose of tactics and strategy. I have reviewed War College papers that show less mastery of these subjects and were certainly less entertaining. Any professional officer would profit from reading Carnifex on this basis alone, but Col. Kratman weaves these elements into the book in a way that enhances the story instead of detracting or distracting the reader from it. Well worth your time and money.