I actually debated quitting about halfway through this book, which isn't something I do often. I think it failed to hold my interest because I couldn't relate to or empathize with any of the characters. The combination of violence and humor didn't work for me. Also, the whole alien symbiote thing made me squirm. I gave this book 3 stars (above average) because I can recognize a chef's talent even if I don't particularly enjoy the meal.