I started reading this today, and blitzed through it. This series, thus far, has been absolutely awesome, and I simply cannot wait for volume 6.
That said, I can't help but have one minor little quibble. The Cabal Of Arbitrary Evil - if they already all but rule the world, what purpose do they have in trying to quash humanity's will (which has clearly been their goal since volume 2)?
Wouldn't it be less expensive, in the long run, to more gently shape humanity's will to fit their purposes, then to force it into shape like a Japanese rectangular melon. What purpose does it serve. They're set for cash, and it seems that before they started clenching their fingers too much, their position was secure. However, their counter-attacks against Taylor, and particularly the actions of Pullman, seem to be doing more to screw themselves over, then to save themselves. It's like trying to put out a fire on a burning ship with gunpowder than with water - it probably won't put out the fire, unless you blow a hole in the ship, but then you have a bigger problem.
Well, maybe next volume will answer these questions.