Just finished that trilogy a few days ago. Wasn't that bad to be honest.
I've read the first book of the trilogy since this post was made, two of the First Law World books, and his entire Shattered Sea trilogy. Enjoyed all of them quite a lot.
Oh and I also met the man himself:
That's me on the left and him on the right. This was at the signing for Sharp Ends at the Newcastle Waterstones, it was bloody great. He read a chapter from the book and it was absolutely hilarious hearing him read those lines so seriously, ("I would not want to get into a pissing contest with a man. Say what you will about cocks, they do give them better range."), and he promised (jokingly but I hope with maybe some seriousness) that my favourite character Cas Shenkt would be in the next First Law trilogy.