As usual, I loved this book as well as the others. I have read about Clay and Jeff Holt beginning with Westward! and I have just finished reading Justice! I am what you would call a history buff, and as I read these books, I found myself being whisked away to join the Holts in their exploits. The imagery and fantasy that comes to me as I read, creates a need to read more and find out as quick as I can what's going to happen next! However, the next series after the Empire Trilogy is the Wagons West Series with "Whip" Holt as the main character. He is nearly thirty in this series, which mean that there is a 20 some-odd year gap of time between the events in Justice! and Independence! I surely hope that there are more adventures for Clay, Jeff, Shining Moon, Proud Wolf, Ned, Melissa, and of Course "Whip" Holt on the Horizon!