I was confused most of the book. This is a book where you really have to let go and immerse yourself in the world. It was hard for me to get into, but the last few chapters pulled me in enough that I'll probably read the next book in the series.
I believe my problem in the beginning was two fold--
The genre--it was listed as military scifi (which I like), but this was nothing like the stuff I've read before. I went in expecting one thing and found something else. It was hard to shift gears. There are witches, warlocks, vampires, and other monsters on a planet. Magic, carnage, oh and some heavy weaponry. I don't know what you would call this, which is probably the same problem the author had. Maybe alternate earth military paranormal?
The style--it's hard to get to know Cross or any of the other characters, and in the end I figured out why. The world/setting is really the main character. You have to understand the world before any of the characters can grab your attention.