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READ PDF ⚺ A Just Determination ⚣ Fresh from the Academy, Ensign Paul Sinclair has been assigned to the warship USS Michaelson, whose mission is to stop any foreign vessels from violating US sovereign spaceWhen Captain Peter Wakeman mistakenly destroys a civilian science ship perceived as hostile, Sinclair must testify against Wakeman at a court martial hearing But Sinclair believes that the severity of the charges against the captain are unjust and becomes a witness for the defense The Fox And The Flies: The World Of Joseph Silver, Racketeer And Psychopath Ensign Paul Sinclair has been assigned to the warship USS Michaelson This Imagined Permanence whose mission is to stop any foreign vessels from violating US sovereign spaceWhen Captain Peter Wakeman mistakenly destroys a civilian science ship perceived as hostile Playful Puppy (DK Readers L1) Sinclair must testify against Wakeman at a court martial hearing But Sinclair believes that the severity of the charges against the captain are unjust and becomes a witness for the defense The first book in the JAG in Space series is a short and neat novel about a young ensign, an incident, and a court martial Hemry delivers a page turner Not the heaviest reading, to be sure, but there are depths between the lines There is in fact quite a decent coming of age story between the covers.I am always partial to books where I can identify with and feel sympathetic with the characters Hemry is excellent at making the reader well, this reader at least identify with protagonist Pau The first book in the JAG in Space series is a short and neat novel about a young ensign, an incident, and a court martial Hemry delivers a page turner Not the heaviest reading, to be sure, but there are depths between the lines There is in fact quite a decent coming of age story between the covers.I am always partial to books where I can identify with and feel sympathetic with the characters Hemry is excellent at making the reader well, this reader at least identify with protagonist Paul Sinclair during his struggles on his first deployment The other crew members of the U.S.S Michaelson are a mix of good and bad, with wildly varied motivations, just like in real life Overall, the characters feel well fleshed out, and Hemry is skilled at portraying both them and the action, entirely from young Sinclair s perspective.It could perhaps be argued that this novel s setting is incidental, and that it would have worked just as well on the sea That may be so, but that does not detract from its appeal A fine read.Note Hemry also writes under the pseudonym Jack Campbell.http www.books.rosboch.net p 840 Interesting blend of hard SF and legal drama Ensign Paul Sinclair s first ship assignment is on the USS Michaelson, where, in addition to his other duties, he acts as the ship s legal officer The naval dialogue seems quite realistic, and were it not for a few references to space stuff, one might think they were aboard a modern day Navy ship Except there was not one fuck in the entire book So maybe in the future they have eliminated all swearing yeah, right.The Michaelson s captain Wakefie Interesting blend of hard SF and legal drama Ensign Paul Sinclair s first ship assignment is on the USS Michaelson, where, in addition to his other duties, he acts as the ship s legal officer The naval dialogue seems quite realistic, and were it not for a few references to space stuff, one might think they were aboard a modern day Navy ship Except there was not one fuck in the entire book So maybe in the future they have eliminated all swearing yeah, right.The Michaelson s captain Wakefield, anxious to see some combat, decides to intercept an alien vessel that is technically outside his patrol zone He s the typical Queeg without the steel balls and stolen ice cream As an aside, the Caine Mutiny is a must read and based oin Herman Wouk s experiences aboard a WW II mine sweeper destroyer Queeg s must have been relatively common because my brother in law s first assignment as an ensign was under a similar character When the ship fails to heave to and then makes what appears to be a threatening move, the captain asks Sinclair for a legal interpretation of the orders, very broad and suitably vague, then destroys the ship only to learn it was an unarmed civilian ship, albeit an alien one Remember the USS Vincennes shooting down Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988 see I m still puzzled by how an Airbus 300 could have been confused with an attacking F 14 290 civilians were killed including 66 children Unlike the captain of the Vincennes, Wakefield is court martialed and the last third or so of the book is the trial, itself quite interesting if you like legal drama, which I do Sinclair finds himself in some interesting moral and ethical dilemmas that are sensitively handled Billed as a legal thriller, it s not much of the latter, but the legal aspect is quite good Quote from the Wikipaedia article When questioned in a 2000 BBC documentary, the U.S government stated in a written answer that they believed the incident may have been caused by a simultaneous psychological condition amongst the 18 bridge crew of the Vincennes called scenario fulfillment , which is said to occur when persons are under pressure In such a situation, the men will carry out a training scenario, believing it to be reality while ignoring sensory information that contradicts the scenario In the case of this incident, the scenario was an attack by a lone military aircraft Just imagine what the U.S reaction would have been to an Iranian attack downing a U.S civilian airliner That reminds me of something a candidate for a job once said during an interview One of the search committee had asked something about mission statements, and the guy bless him said that he was familiar with mission statements, that they were vague yet meaningless Direct hit 2.0 to 2.5 stars This was a tough book for me to rate because I liked the realistic approach to both life aboard a Navy ship as well as the detailed aspects of the court martial that is at the heart of the story I also liked the main character, Paul Sinclair The reason for the rating of just okay was because I thought the writing was a bit simplistic maybe geared towards a younger audience and the way the story unfolded didn t hold my interest as much as I thought it would I am a fan 2.0 to 2.5 stars This was a tough book for me to rate because I liked the realistic approach to both life aboard a Navy ship as well as the detailed aspects of the court martial that is at the heart of the story I also liked the main character, Paul Sinclair The reason for the rating of just okay was because I thought the writing was a bit simplistic maybe geared towards a younger audience and the way the story unfolded didn t hold my interest as much as I thought it would I am a fan of the author s work and really enjoy the The Lost Fleet series under his pseudonym Jack Campbell so I will certainly read the next book in this series This is an unusual mil SF novel Really, it s just barely SF, and might better be termed a naval procedural and very nicely done, too In 2098, Ensign Paul Sinclair s first duty assignment is aboard the USS Michaelson CLE S 3, a long endurance space cruiser, newly deployed to patrol American claimed space Young Sinclair suffers through the agonies of on the job officer training trials that will bring a twinge of sympathy from anyone who s started out green in a demanding job with a diffi This is an unusual mil SF novel Really, it s just barely SF, and might better be termed a naval procedural and very nicely done, too In 2098, Ensign Paul Sinclair s first duty assignment is aboard the USS Michaelson CLE S 3, a long endurance space cruiser, newly deployed to patrol American claimed space Young Sinclair suffers through the agonies of on the job officer training trials that will bring a twinge of sympathy from anyone who s started out green in a demanding job with a difficult boss Hemry s portrait of the trials and triumphs of day to day naval life rings true to this former naval officer and I m pleased that the Supply Officer, the humble porkchop , is one of thesympathetic characters, since that was my job, too.On patrol, the Michaelson detects a South Asian Alliance ship trespassing on the American claim Challenged, the rival vessel flees The Michaelson orders the intruder to heave to for boarding The intercept goes horribly wrong the American cruiser fires on the SASAL ship, killing all on board The intruder turns out to be an unarmed research vessel.Captain Wakeman is called to account for his actions at a general court martial, described as meticulously, and as grippingly, as any fictional courtroom drama I ve read Ens Sinclair, who doubles as the ship s Legal Officer, feels compelled to testify in favor of his disgraced Captain, even though he thinks Wakeman was a piss poor commanding officer.All of this is related in thoughtful, serviceable, workmanlike prose that clunks at times, but gets the job done The job, in this case, is a sympathetic examination of how the modern US Navy actually works, with fallible people doing their duty, or dodging it, or bungling it.Naval SF novels tend to be Hornblower knockoffs Weber, Drake, Feintuch, etc , so it s a pleasure to see one drawn from the 21st century instead of the 18th The young Ensign s coming of age reminded me of Heinlein s classic Space Cadet, which was drawn from his 1930 s Naval service.Hemry is a retired Naval officer who grew up as a Navy brat, so he s walked the walk, too Hemry s space warships are, reasonably enough, extrapolated as subs tin cans in space, with similarly compact and, um, challenging interior dimensions About the only substantial change in Hemry s end of the 21st century US Navy is the complete integration of women into the service This is reasonable, too, as the Navy is a very tradition bound organization.This is the first and best of the four JAG in Space novels I ll post my notes on 2 3 But, basically, read the first and stop, is my advice Review written for Infinity plus in 12 2003