Is there anyone out there who can make sense of Morley's scheme to get back at Zeck Zack near the end of Sweet Silver Blues? No matter how many times I read it I cannot figure out what he does and why.
Presumably he went around messing with the centaur's properties and henchmen until he pissed his target off so much that he got the guy chasing him down the street. Then he lured him into an ambush by the royal investigators from the ship. Precisely what he'd done to aggravate Zeck so much isn't that important to the story, as it's just a way to wrap up the loose end of a minor villain. The business with the empty coffins was probably a ruse to make Morley's target think Garrett's group was hiding somewhere other than they actually were.
Just how many more metals can Cook come up with, to name these books after? There don't seem to be many metals or alloys left, that wouldn't be blatantly anachronistic: cobalt and electrum maybe, and possibly something like invar if Kip Prose gets into metallurgy and clockwork.
Supposedly, every fit Karentine human male for the past three generations got conscripted to fight in the Cantard at 18, all through the war years. So how did a soft-hearted guy like Playmate, or a couple of wusses like the two Karls dePena, come through their service without such squeamishness either getting knocked out of them or getting them killed?
Admin, support, supply posts, etc. Not everyone in the military is a front-line combat soldier. It's even referenced in one of the books when a teamster wants to get home before riots happen in the streets. Garrett asks him how he got through his time in service with an attitude like that. The guy did the same job he's doing right then - driving wagons around.