Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole

Sixteenth WatchSixteenth Watch by Myke Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Angry Robot Books for sending me a copy of this book, the following is my unbiased opinion of the book.

Humans have started living on the moon! So far only the Americans and Chinese have establised territories on the moon. The borders are patrolled by The US Coast Guard, The US Navy, and The PLAN (The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy). Now the tensions are rising between the US and Chinese and war seems imminent. Now it is up to the Coast Guard to try and prevent the first war in space.

I loved this book, Myke Cole has created one of my favorite female protaganists in Coast Guard Capt. Jane Oliver. She is not the typical bombshell, young heroine, instead she is middle aged, hard as nails, and takes no crap from no one. She is well balanced against her Executive Office Wen Ho her constant companion, and close friend.

The story starts with her running an mission with her husband who is a commander in the Navy, the mission goes wrong and her husband dies on the mission. Then she is assigned to lead SAR-1, a small boarding team, to win the Boarding Actions event, a televised competition between the Armed Forces. As the story progresses she has to face the past and learn to use it to help her and her crew.

The hardest part of reading this story for me was the use of the military acronyms. Thankfully, the author included a glossary to reference the terms you dont know. Other than that the pacing was wonderful there is plenty of action, people working theough difficult emotions, and a gritty realness that sucks you in and and keeps you reading.

I had a total blast reading this novel and would gladly read anything else Myke wanted to put in this story line. I really cant say too much more about it with out getting into spoiler areas, which I will refrain from. All in all, if you are looking for a fast paced, military action, Sci-Fi novel this is the one you are looking for.


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