This book holds a real nostalgic place in my heart, being the first BattleTech novel I ever read, so long ago. What a piece to start with! This is a real page-turner, full of all the political intrigue the BattleTech novels have always delivered. Stackpole (one of the best authors in the BattleTech series) keeps the reader interested through the entire novel just as he always does. Along with the "Blood of Kerensky" series (also by Stackpole), this is one of the best BattleTech novels, and remains one of my favorites.