The plot follows the manipulations of the evil Manpower group, who have secretly infiltrated several societies and are pulling strings to bring everyone to war while launching their own top-secret attack. Unfortunately, the story is buried beneath hundreds of pages of repetition, with identical banter being exchanged by dozens of officers and bureaucrats and evilness plotted out in huge detail and super space weapons being explained and launched and good heavens! somebody free this poor two hundred page book from its thousand page straight jacket.
It is a very strange brain space to be in when I come out of a Laurell Hamilton story and a David Weber book with much the same reaction. C-