If you have not read the first 2 books in the Alien Affairs Trilogy....do not panic....Alien Child is stand alone but also explains how we got where awe are in the story...all three books, however, are unputdownable and I am sad that I have finished reading them all.
In my view, these are the best of Scott's books...the story is fresh and exciting, threaded through with Scott's inimitable humour. His characters are varied and multi-layered...some are downright hilarious and albeit this is a sci-fi series, it is also easy to relate to the world we live in today...including as it does, for instance, an American president who thinks it perfectly reasonable to declare a fatwah on the mother of our heroine. You will love some of the characters and you will want to strangle a few of them....but unless you've lost your humour organ, you will not be able to keep a straight face for long....
I highly recommend the series and this book in particular!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)