Just finished Valence. Took me much longer than expected, though. The book started very slowly, there was a lot of build-up, just like on several Clancy novels I've read. When it finally took off, I did the same . I went on vacation with my kids, so my reading time dropped almost to zero. As I approached the end of the book, it was clear that there would be a lot of loose ends, meaning this is not the last in the Confluence series. I'm going to check the author's blog and webpage, see if there's some clue as to when the next book will appear. A hint for those interested in the series: there's a short story called The Grove, available as free download from the author's webpage. It's part of the Confluence series, and IMO it's best read between the second and third novels. All in all, I think it's a very good series. The writing style is very different from what I'm used to. The author leans heavily towards female characters, and this is something seldom seen on my usual authors, but that's an interesting and welcome change. After all, a lot of my favorite movies have strong female leading characters. Now I'll check the novels in the Military SF package I purchased from StoryBundle a while back. I think I'll start with Timothy Zahn's Cobra Rebellion (book 1 in a series, of course ). I think I'll also check Mi An's recommendations by Zahn: Angelmass and The Icarus Hunt. My vacation ends today, and tomorrow I'm going on yet another week-long field trip. I think I'll have enough time to pick up on my reading again. EDIT: Just read the latest post in the author's blog. The fifth book will be out by August! Seems I picked up the series at the right time (Valence was published late last year). The new book is called Vengeance, which seems odd given how the main plot line ended (or didn't quite ), but plays nicely with the other plot line. So, I'm guessing this new book will leave room for a sixth novel. Yay!