This is the first book in a new series. Stands alone reasonably well, but definitely leads into the next volume.
This is very much a fluff piece. The plot and the characters are pretty unbelievable. But it's nonetheless great fun. A quick read with lots of great action. Loaded with extremely cynical views of the military establishment and the press establishment (unfortunately, all too true of the corporate press of today; not quite so literally applicable to the military, but still some metaphorical truth I fear). As long as you're willing to immerse yourself in a story that won't stand up to careful dissection, you should be able to enjoy it. (Because I know Resnick can do much better on that front, I'm confident that this book is this way because he meant it to be.) 8 out of 10.
I'd rather write a plot summary than go to work, but my boss wouldn't agree with that choice, so I'll add that later.