I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I agree 100% with the comparison to Tom Clancy. This is just like a Sci-fi version of one of his books!! You have 4 or 5 stories going on simultaneously together which you think would be kind of confusing. It isn't. I had no problem following along and I liked the fact you were able to see things from all of the characters POVs. You weren't left trying to guess at one character was thinking or why they were acting a certain way. The way this book is written, it also gives you an immense amount of detail about the politics going on behind the story. So not only do you get a taste of the character situation, you also get to glimpse whats going on with the masterminds. Its like being able to see the armies fighting, watching the generals position the troops, and the subsequent fall-outs. It was quite fascinating. Charlie was definitely my favorite character. If you like your Sci-fi with an extremely layered plot and a lot going on than this is the book for you! I enjoyed it!!