I had some difficulty getting into this book at first. Should have trusted the author more, really. Say what you want, Phil Geusz is a master of suspense, the characters are well-rounded and sympathetic, and the fictional environment comes alive in a spectacular fashion. Sure, the story is just a Lost World scenario in a Standard Sci-Fi Setting (look them up on TVTropes), and the book's political message is controversial at best. But there are many nice touches along the way, and the mystery that builds up steadily has a satisfying resolution. At the very least, Space Man's Burden gave me a lot to think about in addition to being entertaining, so I can't *not* recommend it. Just give it a chance.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)