I came across Patty Jansen's Ambassador books when I got the first two, book 1 and book 1A, from Story Bundle. A great way to discover new authors. These two books were enough to lead me to the others in the series.
This book continues where the other finished. Cory Wilson is the ambassador of the title, although he's more of a delegate to an alien organisation. He has a team of aliens around him and it's through his interactions with the alien cultures that we get to know more of this world.
I like the fact that in most cases Cory is way out of his depth and often relies upon his alien team to save him. This isn't some sort of ultimate space marine. He's weaker and slower than his team members, is on a planet that he is definitely not suited to and has stepped into the middle of a culture that he understands enough to get himself into serious trouble. The only thing he does well is talk. :-) But that is not to say the book lacks action. Far from it.
The cultures, worlds and characters are consistent with the previous books. There is character growth visible, a growth that is believable for a human being. There are enough threads to keep the reader guessing what is happening and who is responsible for these situations.
I usually read military SF, so this series is something different for me as it is more of a whodunnit. A good read that kept my interest. I intended to write a review after reading it, but I had to read books 3-6 instead. :-)
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)