"Strong space ship legal thriller"
Ensign Paul Sinclair reports to duty on the USS Michaelson,
a warship assigned to "protect" a vast space sector from
enemies. The ship's XO Herdez appoints him an assortment
of duties to include the only legal officer on board as he
once attended an entry-level class.
Not long afterward, as Paul still struggles to get his
legs, Herdez assigns him to provide her a legal opinion of
the higher headquarters' operation instructions and rules
of engagement assigned to the ship. Paul realizes they are
vague, but still does his best to interpret the acceptable
levels of commitment. Soon he finds himself in a career-
threatening situation when he must defend his ship's
Captain Wakeman in the wake of the destruction of a
civilian research vessel. Worse he violates the first rule
of deep space service by starting to fall in love with crew
member Ensign Jen Shen.
JUST DETERMINATION is a strong space ship legal thriller
that provides incredible insight into life on an outer
space vessel as if John G. Hemry served on one (probably
similar to submarine duty). The story line insures the
audience understands the pressure on the crew not only due
to the vastness of space, the length of time, but also the
interpretation of what is acceptable encounter behavior.
Though there is some action sequences, fans of tales
focused on the relationships within a military science
fiction will want to trek to the stars with Paul.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 5, 2003