This another one of those books that, although being military science fiction, is more of an space adventure story. Bond will meet aliens, buy technology, steal technology, kill pirates, become a pirate and generally kick ass.
This book is kind of a extra or bonus story to the Ark Royal main story arc. While the book does not really advance the main story arc in any way it was still a very enjoyable read. Definitely a full set of stars worth of read.
The moral whining and the fact that my preference is for a bit more space action is the only reason this book do not get another star from me. It is a solid and well written piece of military science fiction.
It could perhaps be said that this book goes back a bit to the old and trusted formula for this series. Nasty aliens wants to grab human controlled space. Humans are less than amused. Jenetta has to save the day.