I'll be frank: I gave this book a one-star review because Amazon inexplicably pulled this overlooked gem of a series from the Kindle store over the summer.
After purchasing it at the UK store by registering my Kindle with a fake UK address, I finally got to read this sought-after story, and it's solid despite failing to live up to the synopsis.
In short, the Han's Middle Eastern campaign was resolved via some throwaway lines, and the American campaign was mostly a plan and (a brilliantly executed) afterthought. That said, we see the completion of the Jake Reed and Tsao Ch'un arcs, and they satisfy in completely different ways. I won't say how without spoilers, but it is interesting to see how the new world passes both men by.
Aside from the former developments, we see the long-awaited introduction of the Shepherd clan; Amos is interesting, but it won't be later until we see and understand his family more deeply... If the follow-ups resemble the original '90s series in any way.
In short, Wingrove builds his world brilliantly meticulously, and fleshes out his characters with similar aplomb, but his failure to make the Han's final conquests of the World Of Which Must Not Be Spoken more detailed costs this otherwise solid story a star.
I can't wait to read the new Middle Kingdom.