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First book was great, but the switch to human politics exposes the shallowness of Stewart's characters in a way that humans vs. aliens didn't. I found myself rooting for the "bad guys" within 50 pages. It's fine for Bond to be a complete ass, but the way the other characters respond to her just isn't believable at all. Couldn't make it to the end of this one. Stewart should stick to space battles with aliens.