A fast-paced political sci-fi thriller? Yes, indeed. I was a bit confused in the beginning, and figured that that was the nature of the beast and things would work themselves out. Only later did I realize this is the third, and final, book in a series. I wish I had known before I began. By the time I realized it, I was too far in to just stop and go back. Overall, however, an enjoyable read with a fantastic ending.