Three solid military scifi/space opera tales with solid pace and lots of action and strong characerization. Based on the WARS card game, partially developed by Michael Stackpole, there's a thru line here I am not familiar with. But the stories held up fairly well on their own. I liked each for different reasons, although I think the middle, by virtue of its focus on Asian cultures, was my favorite, despite having the least action. It also added good variety given the similarities of its bookends.