This is in Liaden Universe series. I read Alliance of Equals and felt it stood alone quite well. I did not feel this book did as well as a stand alone. I felt there was too large an assumption of the readers' awareness of the back story.
The AI ship Bechimo is featured prominently as is his bonded Captain. The other characters are vaguely familiar.
They crew picks up two of the Troop who have arrived in this universe out of sync with time.
I like the authors' ideas and writing but felt this was too disjointed for me to really like it.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.