The war to free post-apocalyptic Earth from the grasp of its oppressors slips into uncharted territory as the fully restored race of the former ruling barons are reborn to fearsome power. Facing a virulent phase of a dangerous conflict, the Cerberus rebels prepare to battle an unfathomable enemy, as the shifting sands of world domination continue to chart their uncertain destiny....
As their stronghold becomes vulnerable to attack, an exploratory expedition to an alternate Earth puts Kane and his companions in a strange place of charming Victoriana and dark violence. Here, the laws of physics have been transmuted and a global alliance against otherworldly invaders has collapsed. Kane, Brigid, Grant and Domi are separated and tossed into the alienated factions of a deceptively deadly world -- one from which there may be no return.
Refuge is beyond bad. Refuge is awful. Refuge stinks. Refuge is third season Star Trek TOS terrible
Refuge is the "Spock's Brain" of the OL series.
Refuge would be a wretched book in any series, much less as an entry in the classic OL series.
The whole premise is poorly thought out and absurd to the point of being stupid. The main characters do not act like themselves at all, they're just names stuck on to people who are in this book. They could be anybody. My feeling is that this was an unpublished manuscript by Milan that he rewrote over a week to make a deadline.
I won't mention the childish plot since that's already been covered, but there's no chance a book this fundamentally stupid and poorly conceived would have ever been produced by the series creator, Mark Ellis.
The sooner Victor Milan is off OL, the better. It's apparent he not only doesn't care anything about it or even doing a professional job, but he's deliberately trying to wreck the series.