I am in raptures... oh my God, the manuscript is good... it's really good! I have gone back to the beginning and started prior to the previous opener with a couple of new chapters. I think this has really helped with exposition, as well as given a better flow to the action. Now I just have to revise what's already there. I'm confident everything will go much more smoothly working from a better beginning. This is my second draft... sort of... because I restarted the first draft halfway through and completely re-did the whole concept. I can't believe how much better things are the third time around.
"If at first you don't succeed, revise, revise again!"