Second in a series of military science fiction novels featuring spaceship pilot major ariane kedros. This follows on from earlier book Peacekeeper: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel. Ariane is not actually her real name. She's living under an alias following a disastrous mission that led to the destruction of an entire star and she's still dealing with the guilt from that.
This follows on from the earlier book, and like in that one there's a lot of exposition in the first hundred pages, so you may be better off if you read it first. Even though this one does try to fill in all the information required there's still so much going on that a background to this world via that first novel will come in handy.
Plot wise ariane is caught up in the middle of things when a group of fantatics steal a very powerful weapon, with a mission of destruction in mind. One you get into the middle of that this does become a fair bit of a page turner. There are quite a few supporting characters so the action does flash back and forth between them, but all the action is very believable. Nobody solves anything with amazing powers or skills, they have to deal with the situations at hand using what abilities they have. And that's enough to keep you turning the pages wondering what will happen next.
It's not great literature and the prose could probably be sharper but if you like this kind of science fiction it's a decent read