One last comment. About 1/2 way through the book a subplot picks up and takes over for a little while. Don't confuse it for the main plot. Everything in this first book is a small part of a much bigger story and it's going to take me at least 9 books to cover it all. Also, when you get to that subplot and start to roll your eyes and think "oh no, it's one of those books" it's not. Once you've read the chapter "Uhler" you'll have a better idea of what direction I'm going in. Even more so at the end of the book.
I know that was terribly vague, but anyone who's read the books knows exactly what I'm talking about and if you give this a chance, so will you. Here's some links to the book. Remember, books 2 and 3 are also out right now.
http://ow.ly/fB5SN - Amazon.com
http://ow.ly/fNvnB - Amazon.co.uk