The story continues and get better all time. Do read the Omnibus first - it's worth it.
Just one nitpick: The font size changes between book 1 and 2 (LRF) - a bit more care on layout might be nice. I still give 5 stars as the story is just great.
I must say I lost count on how may times one of the hero's left Hyperspace or a Wormhole only to find them self in an ambush. Eventually even the dumbest would eventually learn the value of doing reconnaissance first.
Still an good read, good story, well developed characters, full of potential.
I had been sceptical about a prequel if it could actually work. But I have to say it worked out well. The Story is well done and thrilling. A very enjoyable read — if you are from the US.
If you are an international reader — like me — you will be in for a lot for US centric chauvinism. All the presented Terran armies are descendent of US corps and the president of all Terra (and later all humanity) is from the US as well.
The Kreelan sub-stories are marvellous as always and highly enjoyable.
But like “First Contact” the human part of the story is just to US centric for an international reader to stomach. Especially if you have ever been to one of the countries of the soviet union and know for example just how fashion aware the women living there are. And they had been in the area of the soviet union as well. None of that everyone wearing grey dull uniform clothing.
My suggestion (again): If you are from the US read it and enjoy to have your stereotypes reinforced. If you are from anywhere else skip it.
A very nice series. Characters continue to evolve and change. Nothing can be taken for granted (main characters might not survive). I only think which disappointed me: I really hoped the settlers get there arrogant arse kicked a little more.
But who knows - maybe that is what the author wanted to archive after all.