THE SONS OF HEAVEN
The final Company novel -- in which all is finally revealed, in which Mendoza's millennia-long suffering is proven to not be for naught, in which Dr. Zeus finally gets what's coming to him --is a compulsively readable tour de force. Baker manages to pull together the varied plot threads into a cohesive whole in one of the best books of the year.
These disparate forces will all converge on July 9, 2355, on what will be humanity's most memorable and important day -- and will set the stage for a glorious and free future for everyone. (Tor, Jul., 432 pp., $25.95)