Third in the series of Lt. Leary books and still rousing good stories. You could interchange the name Leary with Hornblower, Ramage or a dozen spacefaring young officers who fly by the seat of their pants and destroy the enemy against all the odds. However the stories are good and keep you occupied enough to skim over some of the negative points of the books.
What's good - The two lead characters do not have a sexual relationship. Hoorah! No lingering looks and mooning about on the ship. The characters also have been exempted from the standard American "Good guys wear white hats and Baddies wear Black" situation. All the characters are allowed to do engage in morally questionable activities and some are completely amoral. Hoorah! The story trundles along at a nice pace with a good balance between flying around shooting missiles and running around dirtside shooting off small-arms.
What's not so good - The author is very proud of his star-drive and has put a great deal of thought in to making it scientifically justifiable. Like all proud parents, however, he does like to talk about it at some length, whether the situation warrants it or not.. Going in to the minutiae of bubble universes and how the antennas (sic) help guide the craft through interstellar space is fine. Once. Not EVERY time they make a jump.
Another point is the location of Adele Mundy's personal data unit which is mentioned every third sentence and every time ( and I mean EVERY time)it is taken out, put away, moved slightly to the left, accessed or consulted in any way we are told about it in mind numbing detail. I am not sure about this - the constant reference to her handheld unit could be a subtle reference to Adele's almost Obsessive-Compulsive character. Hmmm.
Also, A minor point but, I wonder whether the term "Sissy" or "Cissy" means the same to the US audience as it does to me..? Possibly this was less noticeable in the book - in the audio-book, phrases such as "He was always proud to have Sissy's at his back" and "Sissy's - To me! Attack!" were unintentionally humorous and did rather remind me of the end of Blazing Saddles where the rather camp dancer calls to his Top-Hatted fellows "Come on girls!" before running to attack the cowboys.....but, I digress.
All in all, well worth a read and I will certainly be buying the next in the series.
I really enjoy this series with its black humour. The way the characters are described and act is rather different from most Sci-Fi space opera, full of faults and character deficiences. Lt. Leary is a skilled tactician and very able on a ship but needs hidden assistance off it. With his freind Adele Mundy who is generally clumsy but able to break into any information system and a deadly shot as well(Actually a superspy) they deal with unwinnable situations. This is a sci-fi version of Patrick O'Brians sailing ship sagas. Indeed the spaceships even sail through space with masts and sails to shift them through other universes. Great fun.