Good to know people are looking out for Captain Shelby and the crew of Sutherland, despite Grace’s attempts to maintain a communications blackout. Who knew Dr. Murakawa would be the sneaky one? The terrorist bombing scene was flawlessly rendered, as abrupt as it was shocking. And though we had just barely got to know Bivix as a character, I still felt his loss through Iliana’s agony. The Dulcett/Sarkin romance adds another layer of complexity here, as well as gives the reader hope that there could well be a positive, cooperative future for these two societies, both so scarred and broken after their respective catastrophes. Many stories here on many levels, with concentric plots within plots. Thank heavens you’re the master of keeping these kinds of tales airborne with the finesse of a master juggler, or else I’d become lost. Damn fine work.