I'm a big fan of all of Stross's work, but I was just a bit disappointed with this installment of the the Laundry Files. I was really hoping that he'd start mixing up the formula a little bit. It is nice to see Bob developing as a character (working in a bureaucracy makes it easy to measure his development) and we finally get to see Bob in action a little further off the reservation.
I don't really have anything to say about this that other reviewers haven't said. If you're curious about what the Laundry Archive series is about, start with #1 and work through them in order.
It's a great read, Mr. Stross has fantastic command of his language and is able to keep the pace moving along even in the chapters that don't have any appreciable action. I suppose I was just hoping for more surprises. Conversely, there's a lot to be said for spending some time with some old friends and catching up on their latest exploits.