Spaceship pilot for a private company and military reservist she's actually living under a new identity following her unwitting part in an event of mass destruction. She turns to drink to help forget this and has a bit of a problem with that. And her past can keep catching up with her.
Following on from the previous book where she stopped some terrorists she now has the repercussions from that to deal with, as their case comes to trial. And the man she works for has taken a job for some mysterious aliens which will send them on a voyage of discovery. With the aid of an alien symbiote. But danger awaits...
The previous two novels did take a little while to get going as they had lots of exposition to pack in. This one hits the ground running, and follows on pretty much directly from the end of the last one. Whilst new readers might find it relatively easy to get into you're probably better off reading the series in order.
The writer has military background and this comes over well. The setting never being too fantastical and action scenes taking place in a very believable manner. There is a lot going on here though, as we're now well into a series that is spinning quite a big story. But it all moves along nicely enough. Although the mission doesn't get going till slighty into the final third of the book, and there's no action at all before that. Even so, it's compelling enough reading and the pages turn nicely.
Managing to move the big story of the series along nicely and to allow for some good development of the main characters also, this is a fine instalment in a series that gets better with every book. Just a little more action and this would have rated 4/5. But hopefully there will be more because I'd look forward to it.