I'm almost done with KMFB's 'Acts of Contrition' and I like it so much that I skipped a much-needed shower before work today in order to finish the chapter I was reading. I did make it work on time, barely, and did not read while driving, so my borderline-obsessive interest in the storyline does have limits. Really great novel, I recommend it to everyone. Development of familiar characters, new and interesting alien races, space battles, new tech, political intrigue - it's got it all. Kirsten Beyer has the formula down and executes it brilliantly.