Chris Roberson's Dragon's Nine Sons gains a glorious five star review at SF Signal.
PROS: Interesting setting; consistently high level of drama; believable action; well-crafted, layered storytelling; absolutely no padding.
CONS: None that I can think of.
BOTTOM LINE: Believable, lean-and-mean, military sf that offers dramatic tension every chance it gets.
The story succeeds in being exactly what it tries to be and does so in a completely entertaining fashion. Roberson's straightforward storytelling style expertly layers well-thought-out world building, dramatic characterizations, and a consistently-paced, no-nonsense plot delivery thankfully devoid of unnecessary padding. In fact, every single chapter contributes to world-building, plot and characterizations - a testament to the author's meticulous craftsmanship.