Voice of Mars (Starship’s Mage, #3).
By Glynn Stewart.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.
YOU CAN NEVER GO HOME
When accusations of piracy and mass murder are laid against his homeworld, Damien Montgomery is sent to resolve the crisis.
As counter-accusations fly and an old flame re-enters his life, the newest Hand of the Mage-King of Mars finds himself in the midst of a bloody interstellar shadow war. With the death toll mounting, Damien must decide whether he should trust the world he came from – or the world that asked for his help.
The wrong choice will trigger a civil war that could shatter human civilization.
So far the books in this series have all been getting four star ratings from me. I quite like it (obviously).
Damien is sent on another mission by the Mage King of Mars. As usual it involves a mix of investigations, treachery, ass-kicking and a bit of space battles.
These books are quite well written. I really like the main protagonist and his very kick-ass sidekick. The balance of despicable politics and real stuff, i.e. kicking bad-guy-ass, is good.
I think one thing I like with this series is that the author has not resorted to the usual, really lame, kind of story where the navy is populated by incompetent, politically appointed, admirals screwing things up. In these books everyone is competent, usually even the bad guys, with the exception of one or two bureaucratniks and political asshats that are quickly taken down a notch or two by Damien. It of course helps that Damien only has one superior to answer to, the Mage King Himself.
Definitely a series that stays firmly on my to-read shelf.