Not movie era. It's cleary stated in the Historians Note that it takes place in 2269. About halfway through. Great read. Definatly David Mack. Seeing that this takes place in the sector of space as Vanguard, and features characters and ships from Vanguard, you'd expect it to have the same vibe. But it's different, and not in a bad way. Sofar, I'm getting this adventure of the week vibe, which is awesome. Although the events sofar can hardly be described as fun, everything feels 'fun'. And again, I mean that in the best possible way. Vanguard had this overhanging sense of dread of doom and despair. Here, it just feels like a big adventure. Yes, there's peril, yes there's danger. But you feel that our plucky heroes will no doubt prevail, you just can't wait to find out how, and what's happening around them. Dammit mr Mack, this is one awesome novel sofar.