I think the weakest bit in the book is where Vanguard gets a special module installed to make it Ky's flagship: ansible, repeater screens --- CCC stuff. You just know, as that sucker is described, that Vanguard and whoever is on it and not in the CCC is toast as soon as that puppy is installed. Poor Gannetts. Poor Hugh. Poor Martin -- he deserved better.
Don't try to read this without having read some or all of the previous entries in the series -- I cannot imagine this puppy making much sense on its own. But it does wrap everything up nicely.