Larry Correia's latest offers a little more insight into one of his more interesting characters: Franks. That said, the early going also delivers a little political commentary in something of a mirror-image of Stross's "Family Trade" series, though at least without the naming of names (a practice that dates a book rather badly). It doesn't distract that much and readers can make their own minds up if the scene is really necessary.
Amusingly, a common theme between Correia and Stross is the risk posed by inter-office wrangling for power in government agencies and other groups involved in the supernatural. Despite their differences in political philosophy, both men recognize the more-immediate risk to their protagonists created by inappropriately-ambitious peers and bosses. Office politics are a universal source of trouble -- and rather more than the usual amount when eldritch horrors from other dimensions are rung in. Politicians of the Left or Right may indeed be wicked, masterminds and/or spineless but it's that unethical bureaucrat just down the hall who'll get you killed in his effort to get promoted a couple of pay grades.
Correia's gift for "recipe not quite as before" keeps things interesting in the by-now-familiar world of the Monster Hunter books. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
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