"Superb space ship military legal thriller"
An explosion occurs on the galactic cruiser USS
Michaelson, killing Chief Petty Officer Asher and
destroying much of the Forward Engineering section. While
repairs are made, an inquiry into the accident occurs.
The investigation team concludes that Asher violated
regulations by working solo.
However, legal officer Lieutenant Junior Grade Paul
Sinclair hears rumors from distraught sailors that they
not only mourn the loss of a peer, but they have lost
confidence in the leadership as it seems to the crew that
a big cover-up happened. Everyone insists that Asher
followed orders given by rising superstar Lieutenant Scott
Silver the son of a very powerful Rear Admiral. Paul
knows that the BURDEN OF PROOF is on him. However, all
the JUST DETERMINATION in the galaxy could lead to the
destruction of his own career and the end of his
relationship with the woman he loves, the daughter of the
head of the investigation team because if Paul succeeds it
will embarrass the officer he wants as a father-in-law.
John G. Henry has pioneered a new sub-genre with his
superb space ship military legal thrillers. As with the
first tale (JUST DETERMINATION), BURDEN OF PROOF is more a
tour of duty than an action packed tale as the plot
focuses on relationships on an outer space vessel. The
story line cleverly enables the audience to ride along
with the crew and taste the pressure of the vastness of
space inside relatively tight quarters, the seemingly
endless stretches of time, and the protocol of rank. The
legal aspects are brilliantly intertwined within a
fantastic relationship military science fiction drama that
should promote Mr. Hemry to a best selling admiral.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 4, 2004