This book is another in the continuing saga of Daniel Leary’s career in the Cinnabar space navy. I compare this series with that of the Horatio Hornblower series and perceive that as a compliment. I love both of the series, one as iron men in wooden ships and the other as the carbon fiber men in the composite beryllium ships. It is the men not the hardware that makes the series so enjoyable.
Men, in this case, not being gender specific. Adele Mundy is most definitely female and may be the most dangerous of the Leary crew. I enjoy the interplay between characters and the pragmatic approach Leary takes in meeting his goals. Note that they are his goals and not always that of his orders or superior officers. These books are a treat to read and I always enjoy them.
Once again the “Sissie” and her crew are put into untenable situations and extradite themselves brilliantly. Again, the loyalty, honor and camaraderie are what makes the books so engrossing and successful.
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