Seeing how this thread got already derailed I am unsure if it is worth to post regarding the original content, but here goes: 3rd Offensive is a better book than Uprising, mostly due to layout and the colours chosen - green and white is easier on the eyes than orange was. Regarding the impersonalised content describing the military manouvres - it's less boring than Uprising, which had the aura of sketch-book notes, but it is still poor. Not knowing all those people and places it reads like a history book about something we do not really care for. The worst offender for me is the editorial quality of the book. To me, it seems that either the ESP-ENG translator was rushing their work or they simply have a lot to learn. Language-wise the book is rather poor, with repetitions running rampant (the nods to Australains in the Varuna chapter were especially jarring for me - I get it, they're Australians, but no need to repeat it twice in 2 consecutive paragraphs), common grammatical mistakes (sentence structure all jumbled up and no good grasp of the / a, which is unacceptable at this level), typos (Bayarak Army Group called Bajarak Army Group in a subsequent paragraph). That, together with the usual dryness of parts of the fluff that we already take as granted (unit descriptions being a parody where each unit is the most baddas, meanest, toughest MOFO there is) and some new offenders, like 'copy-paste' parts of images (look at the Helot charge comic, where both the Kamau and Helots are simply copied and resized, or at the Zhencha cave, where the Zhencha standing in line are the same graphical element copied side by side) means to me that the current pace of the books is unsustainable to the company. A lot of the material in the book was repetition of what we already know. The world-building, when it happened, was uninteresting - I do not care for how archipelagos are called on Varuna, I'd much rather read about something interesting that happened on one of them and leave the rest just names that can live on in the reader's imagination. I'd rather have less higher quality, like HSN3 or N3, which although not flawless, were at least partially entertaining. All in all, although I bounced off Malifaux, I think they are doing background in the best possible way - there's a lot of nuance and place for imagination and player stories in their approach that uses short pieces of narrative to describe a particular event from a single POV.