I made a push to finish this book on National Science Fiction Day, which was yesterday, and managed to do so. The first book I've finished for 2016 was A Call to Arms, the second book in David Weber's series set in the early history of Manticore, the setting of his Honor Harrington series of books. I found in engrossing, though there is a minor problem with the books. In the Harrington novels, you never know what the outcome is going to be, since you don't know the expected future history of the star systems. In this series, you know the long-term history, so you know the overall outcome. The surprises are in the details instead. Minor quibble. This book was solidly good and I enjoyed it.