Modesitt is a philosopher. His books are entertainment, for sure, but are also philosophic guides for behavior. This book is not in the Imager Portfolio, it is a stand alone that does a fine job on standing alone.
Paulo Verano, the main protagonist, is facing a dismal future dealing with an emotional mistake. His salvation comes through a exceedingly long distance contract that will put his current situation behind him in both time and space.
Modesitt provides a new environment for this book. He suggests good behavior and responsibility should be rewarded and the converse punished. His omnipotent character is elusive and mysterious. The human behavior is typical and profit driven in many cases.
Love is found in the most unlikely situations.
I highly recommend all his books.
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