The last of my first in a series –audiobooks. This is another military science fiction series and set in the far future. The Republic is made up of all sorts of species and humans are one of them. They are, of course, in a war against the Teroni Federation. However, the book isn’t centered on battles but instead on the fringes of the Republic.

Wilson Cole is quite a legend among the soldiers of the Republic. Unfortunately, he has been successful while defying orders and so he’s an embarrassment to the Navy Command. Therefore, he has been assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt, which is an old ship patrolling far away from the battles. The crew hasn’t seen any action in years and so they are rather lax, lazy, and even smuggling drugs into the ship.

Good: multiple species although we don’t really know much about them, the open ending.
No-so-good: all commanding officers are idiots? Really? I also don’t really like it when the writer calls his Space Force a Navy and borrows wholesale things from their country’s Navy. There should be a difference between sailing a sea and traveling through the interstellar void.
Bad: –

Cole has been assigned as the second officer aboard the Teddy R. as the crew calls the ship. Their captain Fuzijama (spelling?) is basically competent but he has lost his wife and children in the war and is now so depressed that he doesn’t much care what’s going on in the ship. The first officer, Commander Podok, is an alien woman who only cares about doing things by the book – and yet apparently things like crewmembers who are drunk or stoned doesn’t bother her. She takes an instant dislike to Cole.

Fortunately, the security chief, Colonel Sharon Blacksmith likes Cole and decides to help him to get the crew back in control. One of Cole’s old friends is also serving aboard. Together they try to whip the crew back to shape.

Characters: nothing really quirky or special but entertaining enough.

Plot: Pretty straight-forward although the ending was surprising.

Setting: pretty standard military space fleet. The higher-ups are pretty ruthless and ego-centric, though.

Overall: quick and entertaining read.