Without the distractions of a house and home internet connection I'm doing a bit more reading - right now I'm half way through
Dave Crawford's 'The Deadly Serious Republic'
The first chapter didn't really grab me and I nearly returned it to the library, but it's got more intriguing and makes more sense now I understand the book's 'world'.
Not sure how to describe it - sort of satirical magical realism near future FSF that has the protagonists painted onto a dystopian tomorrow extrapolated from the partisanship along political and economic lines that we see today, particularly the ceding of any sort of government control of anything to big business.
It's pretty fast paced and not overly serious about itself, a bit like Raiders of the Lost Ark for political satirists.