This book is another respectable instalment of the saga with new big fights, more culture and/or character clashes between the protagonists and again some surprising turns. The story line may more predictable than in the beginning of the series and the author has found more new (and ever LESS interesting) ways to pepper the action with highly repetitive descriptions of procedural or technical details, but it is still a good read and keeps you on edge and thirsty for the follow up.
Except for some stinging inconsistencies of which I'll hold myself to the example that bothered me the most: Ever since the first Jung "Battle Platform" appeared, I thought that our heroes had finally found the perfect target for their superdestructive "KKV"s aka high speed comm drones. And now, when half the book is about the impending attack of such a behemoth, the author doesn't even bother to find a reason why they can't be used. They get mentioned twice in a distant sort of way like some unwanted soap character whose actor asked for too much money but whose death would be too dramatic. I guess it would just be too undramatic to have an instant off-the-shelf solution for the Jungs' biggest guns.
To me personally, that's a great pity because such brazen inconsistencies take the fun out of reading about a fictional universe. If the author is willing to change the exciting mosaic he built whenever some element runs contrary to the spannungsbogen of the current episode, the whole construct becomes arbitrary. And arbitrariness is for fairy tales, not for good Sci-Fi, imho.