Offered an opportunity to command a new covert mission into Clidepp space that will resolve an outstanding issue created during her last mission, Lieutenant(jg) Sydnee Marcola accepts, then makes preparations to captain the CPS-14 Justice once again.
During the mission briefing the following day, she learns that the parameters of the assignment have expanded tremendously since her acceptance. Instead of the voyage being a simple delivery, the Justice might be required to remain in Clidepp space for as long as two years. The crew size for the newly revised mission has been expanded from the original nine Space Command officers and enlisted, plus the previous Marine Special Ops team and Marine fire teams from the Denver, to twenty-four Space Command officers and enlisted, the same Marine Special Ops team, a platoon of Marines from the Denver, and a full Wing of Marine fighter jocks and support personnel. The mission had just gone from a penetration/delivery/exit operation to a major clandestine incursion into the space of an unfriendly neighboring nation currently embroiled in a deadly civil war.
This is another read worthy book in the A Galaxy Unknown, or more specifically A Galaxy Unknown: Border Patrol set of books by Thomas DePrima. It is a nice solid Science Fiction adventure. Nothing to blow your mind but simple and enjoyable reading.
Sydnee Marcola once more commands the CPS-14 Justice into Clidepp space. The ship itself is rather underwhelming. Essentially a space tug on steroids. It would be nice if Sydnee could advance to command a real warship, even a small one, sometime in the future.
What was supposed to be a not too complicated operation is quickly escalated by the fact that the geniuses Space Command decides to change the mission parameters not only once but twice during the course of the mission. As usual Sydnee are forced to take matters into her own hands and make her own judgements on how to interpret orders and mission parameters. Needless to say the risk factor is going from high to higher rather rapidly.
I do like Sydnee Marcola as well as the other characters in the book and I like the story in general. Slight spoilers ahead. I found the part about trying to paint a Daknium sheeted shuttle to masquerade as an enemy ship somewhat unnecessary since they later undertook a dozen or so flights relying only on the Daknium sheeting to hide them from the enemy. I also found it stretching the credibility somewhat when they loaded over a thousand people into a ship designed for a crew of 24 even if it was a highly configurable tug/freighter.
Apart from those small gripes I quite enjoyed the book. It was a fairly quick and light read but definitely enjoyable.