A very well written story. You don’t often see a hero trying to talk down a villain, or try to understand them psychologically beyond understanding what is necessary to take them down. This hero not only tries to understand the who and the why, but also tries to talk them down rather than beating them down. Very well done, and nicely balanced. There is still action, and there is still drama, and it all blends together quite nicely. I am eager to see more in this series.