Very simple story, and really just appearing for a short time relative to the entirety of the work. Enough to spawn so many incarnations, but I thought the original work was a little low-key. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t all that exciting too.
Fun and pretty fast-paced stuff. Basically your military action thriller (complete with the feeling that the author has access to people who truly knows the business, and looking at the acknowledgements, Maberry does), against Islamic extremists with jihadist tendencies bent on total annihilation of the western civilization, and a very novel biochemical weapon.
Action-packed, but the characters are a little cardboard-ish. If you’re in the mood for an exciting, rollicking good time, go for it. Better than most movies today.
I’ve never liked Ivan beyond being comedic fodder for Miles, but I do like Bujold’s work. This book is funny, and tightly plotted. This was set before the events of Cryoburn, which surprised me because I had wanted to learn a little more about Miles as Count, but then we’ll have to wait, I suppose.