This is the twelfth book that I’ve read in this series, which pretty much says it all. The characters are witty and colorful. The subtle swipes at the silliness of bureaucracy and politics intertwined with truly entertaining species (like the Tree-form Frunge, the protocol driven Vergallians, and the single-minded Gem clones) are sincerely a hoot. And the author manages to create drama and excitement without the doom and gloom or violence that permeates so many other space operas. If you’re a fan of snarky British dramas, you’ll luv this series. It’s like Yes, Minister in space.