Okay, one last segment of random notes, and I'm done with this thread. No one's replying anyways. If anyone wants the appendices I can post them on some other thread. * The gang kill a bunch of evil Afrikaaners. They all happen to be named after the characters from Guns of the South- which is a real book in this world because it shows up in Adrienne's library. This scene really pissed me off when I read it the first time because it just seemed like genre fanservice. * Fuck New Virginia, part eleventh: * S.M. Stirling teaches us about Russian culture! * The Commission has about a dozen Mosquito fighter-bombers. About the same amount are kept by some of the Families, "they maintain them for the Commission's use in lieu of taxes." And those couldn't possibly ever be used to topple your government, nosiree John Rolfe. * "a lot of them had Red Army medals jingling on their chests—Russkis were strange that way, wearing decorations on combat fatigues." The last chapter where Adrienne single-handedly destroys the Gate is the dumbest thing I have ever read. * Emblems! The Families have shoulder flashes: the Rolfe a lion, the Pearlmutter the Seal of Solomon, the Von Traupitz an eagle, and the Colletta a tommy gun.