I agree with the other reviewers. Something about "Severe Clear" states that Woods is not prepared to sit on his laurels and let his characters generate continued income. So many of my favourite authors have succombed to this practice (Patterson, Cussler, WEB Griffin, Cook), and it seemed inevitable Woods would do the same. Indeed, several of the recent books looked to be heading in that direction. Even bringing all the series' characters together every time seemed a nod to the minimalist approach to extending a series that shouldn't be extended. Most die hard fans will continue to read (and more importantly for the publisher/author, buy) each new tome, despite their growing lack of interest in characters that simply aren't growing.
But in "Severe Clear" a spark has been reignited. Many of the series' instigaters actually seem to have a future: Holly is on the fast track at the CIA; Stone's son, though burdened with a horse shoe up his rear, is obviously going to play a major role in coming stories. Herbie needs work (he was more interesting as a semi-criminal than a law-abiding lawyer); and Felicity and Holly really shouldn't get along unless they're contemplating a menage a' trois. Stone is a bit complacent but ever the anchor for everyone else.
Eventually the series will be about Ben and Peter with a spinoff of Holly into another "Orchid" adventure.
But even these thoughts excite as the series clearly is not dwindling but changing. Whether it changes for the better or worse will be revealed in the next one or two editions. As a die hard fan, I'll be around to see what happens.