Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a very enjoyable book -- assuming you know what you're hungry for.
For example, if you want a great continuation of a competence-porn space opera dealing with unexpected reversals (such as the loss of her family's trading empire), assassination attempts, money problems, and the need to do everything possible to fight a war with few resources out in space, then I'd say this would be exactly what the doctor would have ordered.
I mean, it has everything a young woman, a trading captain, would want. Handsome spies, mercs in need of work, and action, action, action. :)
Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn't that kind of SF. It's better.
And slowly, surely, this murderous captain that everyone seems to think is a true greenhorn will build that army she needs. If you're hungry for that, then I think you've come to the right place.
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