Scalzi is a fantastic writer. In no time at all he can build a believable world filled with likable characters. The disadvantage I had with this story is that it is deep into the Old Man's War series. But even by dropping into the middle of the story The B-Team was a small enough that I could grab on to the plot points of this particular mission and enjoy it thoroughly.
I really enjoyed this one; the dialog was crisp and fun and I particularly liked that these people were not considered the best-of-the-best which made the whole thing sing for me. But there is a lot of information to gather to fully understand what is going on in this little adventure. There are enormous political divisions that gives the whole thing more meaning. Space opera is like that and space opera is good, it's just a bit intimidating knowing there are many books that I missed.
The trick is to whet a reader's appetite to dive into the world that was created. Scalzi did a fantastic job in getting me interested in the story as a whole without taking anything away from the short story I was reading at the time. It did it's job; it entertained me and got me hooked on the back list as well. I will read one more from the Human Division then put it down to read the first books of the Old Man's War series.
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