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JAG in Space - A Just Determination (Book 1) [Paperback]

Jack Campbell writing as John G Hemry
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10 Feb 2012 Jag in Space
When the USS Michaelsons captain faces court-martial following the destruction of a civilian research vessel, Paul Sinclair finds himself defending a doomed officer.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (10 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689405
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superior military sf... The last third of the book recalls nothing so much as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial in an sf setting, and it attains the same high level of achievement." (Booklist)"

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Jack Campbell is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He also wrote the Starks War and JAG in Space series under his real name.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old style fun 10 Feb 2012
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Originally published under the name John G Hemry and given a major re-issue and facelift by the publishers.

This is a simple and almost moralistic story but it is very readable.

New Ensign joins his spaceship and is given duties as the ship's legal officer. When the Captain orders the destruction of a perceived attacking ship later proved to be harmless he is subject to a court-marshal. Young Ensign Sinclair takes a career risk by acting as a witness for the defence.....

The author's navy background is very obvious here with the running of a `ship' with much about the art of leadership and decision making. It falls into three distinct sections, the struggle of being a young Ensign, the incident and then the court-marshal. The author avoids getting Sinclair to be too pivotal, I have seen so many books where the young officer becomes a hero when the bridge crew are all killed etc etc but here it is well judged.

It has a simple old fashioned style (e-mail and stereos are mentioned!) but that helps it work
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong character driven story 3 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
Having read and hugely enjoyed Hemry's other military science fiction series `Stark' and `The Lost Fleet' I eagerly got stuck into this one. I was not sure what to expect this time with the courtroom, legal angle in outer space but from the pen of Hemry I knew this would be a strong character driven adventure.

In Paul Sinclair we have a believable, fallible ensign who takes the reader into a world that is hectic and extremely stressful and demanding.

The USS Michaelson is not a shiny, flashy spacious spacecraft from the movies, but rather a cramped, uncomfortable and claustrophobic tub. You can sense the crews discomfort as they patrol the outer reaches of space on a patrol that can last for months with the same people and the same routine their only constants.

Typically of Hemry this focuses on the personalities on the `Merry Mike' as the crew christen it. They are a mixed bunch from the slackers and no-hopers to the high achieving and ambitious. The ones that are quick to smile are not always the ones you can trust as Sinclair is quick to discover.

This is what I enjoy about Hemry's work, he is great at presenting and dissecting different character types, often putting them into a dilemma and letting us see how the drama plays out.

With his own background in the US navy Hemry places his sci fi into the realms of the possible and the plausible. This may be set in the late twenty first century but naval codes of conduct are still followed to the letter and this is steeped in tradition and chain of command. The book is all the better for it as it gives it that much needed ring of authenticity.

It all builds nicely to a gripping finale in the courtroom where the outcome is uncertain and the stakes are high. For my money Hemry has managed again to provide the reader with an absorbing and intelligent science fiction drama in an all too plausible future. I for one will be keeping a look out for his next novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Naval Fiction - with a Difference 25 May 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Your 'usual' type of Naval Sci-Fi tends to concentrate on the technology - the 'force field' the 'blasters' or whatever. I enjoy this type of fiction. However in this novel set in the near future(and in subsequent novels in the series) the emphasis is less on the technology but on the character of the people who operate that technology.
The hero of the tale - Paul Sinclair - is a very junior officer, who is allocated the additional duty of 'ship's legal officer'. Although Paul has no interest in becoming a lawyer (he makes this abundantly clear) he does have a very strong sense of justice so that when he percieves a clear injustice to have been done - he has to act to prevent the consequences - even though this may put his own career on the line, and even though he doesn't really like the person to whom the injustice has been done.
Flashing lasor beams, matter transporters etc, this story does not have, but clear characterisations, believable scenarios and a good plot - it does have. I've enjoyed reading this book - I'll read it again, and the subsequent stories in the set.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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John G. Hemry's A Just Determination is a remarkably impressive work of military science fiction. The critical action upon which the story hinges is actually rather brief, with the second half of the novel basically taking the form of a legalistic presentation of facts, charges, and adjudications. A book of this kind could easily be dry, analytical, and far from engaging, yet Hemry's writing kept me deeply interested in the story at all times. A large part of his success can be traced to his powerful character development skills as a writer. As the futuristic novel opens, Ensign Paul Sinclair, fresh out of the naval academy, embarks on the USS Michaelson for his first real tour of space duty. We see the ship through his eyes, and Sinclair's impressions and observations of ship dimensions, claustrophobic compactness, and cramped living conditions really make the Michaelson come vividly alive in the reader's own mind. Hemry then paints amazingly lifelike portraits of the many important players in this legalistic thriller, men and women whose discrepancies in terms of my expectations of their actions helped me reach a better understanding of these fascinating individuals; if anything, they are too human. Ensign Sinclair, for his part, is a sympathetic and remarkably likable character, making his share of mistakes as he attempts to juggle the demanding half-dozen important assignments he is given on board ship. The fact that his character rings so true to this reader made his ultimate decisions all the more meaningful and honorable. His shipmates seem every bit as real as he does: the irascible captain whom no one really respects or likes; the inscrutable Executive Officer whose commitment to the U.S. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical space hero.
This applies to all four books in the series.
They're "light reading", which is not to say they're bad at all. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alpha Geek
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
If you liked the frontier series, then the chances are you will enjoy this. The first thing to note is that is a courtroom sci-fi. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Jag in Space Sries
Excellent series following the development of a new officer as he progresses through some interesting legal problems as he gets his space legs.
Published 11 months ago by Jumbojim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read that kept me interested
Enjoyed the book. Bought the whole series after reading other books by the same author. Recommend you try them yourself.
Published 14 months ago by Pierre
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series
This is a good series, the legal edge making a nice change from Campbell's normal stuff. It's up to his usual standards, told with a decent pace and some light humour. Read more
Published 16 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great idea.
Having read all available volumes of the Lots Fleet I wanted more from the same author. I bought all four JAG in Space. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peter Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars JAG in space: quite a good book
This book was just about good enough to entice me to look for the next one in the series. Much of the descriptive writing, setting out the difficult life of a junior officer in... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Jack Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars No-one is above - or below - the law.
"A Just Determination" hinges on the actions of the Captain of a warship (in space) and his subsequent court martial. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2004 by Crazy Eddie
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