So I battled on and finished this today. I'll be honest, part 2 was infinitely better than part 1 by a loooooong way. It was kept at a good pace and brought the various plot lines together. Felt a little forced at times and had some lamentable characters.
In an earlier post I mentioned the Garantine as being a really poorly constructed character and, having finished the book, my opinion remains the same. Awful, by-the-numbers, one dimensional, terrible lines and probably fraps to the 30k version of guns and ammo. I had hoped he would eventually become more than a drug filled John Rambo but he didn't.
The other members of the Execution Force were fleshed out more as the book went on. I think if Swallow had spent more time expanding their backgrounds (as he did in essence with Kell and Soalm) I may have cared a bit more about them.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.