I'm still reading but closing in on the ending.
So far, I'm only confused by the fact that Leah Brahms isn't mentioned. Weren't she and Geordie supposed to marry? They don't get any younger and it's time for some children.
Also, it just hit me that Šmrhová is the tactical officer from Countdown
. Thus, the female pilot is likely Joanna Faur. Cool tidbit.