Straight off - the first book of this series reminded me an awful lot of a revamped version of Blakes 7, a classic british science fiction show. I loved that show, so this review may be a little biased.
Morgan Roche is a strong, competent, highly intelligent 'intelligence' officer for the Commonwealth. She has been ordered to transport a brand spanking new generation of AI to headquarters via a highly circutitious route that should 'throw off anyone chasing'. Needless to say, they catch up anyway. Thrown in with an old, sneaky trader, a young mutilated ESPer, a gentically engineered supwerwarrior from the distant past and a smart talking briefcase, Morgan has to escape from the prison planet she just happened to crashland on, and continue her mission.
That all sounds very pat, and it is the basic framework for the story. But its a lot more interesting thatn that, with a lot of plot twists, and a genuinely interesting universe thats guaranteed to keep your attention. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series, probably a trilogy, and there are some questions raised that will be answered in later books.