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This series by Douglas is AWESOME. Yes, my review title sounds like a criticism, and I gave it 4 stars overall. However, in spite of the criticism to follow, this is still one of the best, most addictive hard sci-fi literature series I've ever read.
That said, Douglas tries WAY too hard to allow each book to stand on its own outside of the series. In the attempt, he repeats explanations and back story ad nauseam- not just from one book to the next, but repeatedly within a single novel. I can see the need for some explanation of the most important concepts to the main story arcs in each novel, but not to the level of depth and repetition he takes it.
The criticisms aside, I'm anxious about there only being one more book in the series. I've flown through the first 6 books in under two weeks. I'm going to be in vacuum, searching for my next hard sci-fi fix, after finishing book seven.
I may have to take a stroll down a different literary path for a while after this series, because I have already read most of the best hard sci-fi written in the last 50 years, and not much of the new stuff compares with the quality of this epic series.