This series just gets better as it progresses. This time Captain John Duggan and his band of merry crewmen and women are sent off to find a missing Confederation ship together with a new crew-member from the Confederation's oversight body - naturally he's a most unwelcome presence on board as he tries to stymie Duggan's use of military assets. However, they aren't going alone, the Confederation in it's wisdom is sending along a Ghast ship just in case the Dreamers show up. This presents some tricky issues for Duggan since the Confederation is still in the negotiating faze of peace talks with the Ghast. Can they work with the Ghasts who until recently they have been at war? Well, y'all just have to read this next installment to find the answers. Overall, Chains of Duty had a good level of action, character development and moved the story along, particularly as the exact relationship between the Ghasts and Dreamers is called into question. Highly recommended series - looking forward to the next book as this one has left the core characters in a rather precarious situation and I for one need to know yesterday what becomes of them :)
1.0 out of 5 starsThis writer knows nothing about the military or space
27 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I love it - the captain of a heavy cruiser (battleship) leaves the executive officer in charge and goes down to a planet where he drives a tank into the direct fire from an enemy fortified position hoping not to be killed. This could only happen in a book where the author knows nothing about the military and did not even take the time to study the military services/ ranks and their responsibilities. He could have dreamed up a well structured space force. This is why Mr. James will remain a mediocre writer. He has good story lines, but the story falls apart in the details.
The story line is quiet interesting. However I do have problems with the main characters being depicted as impatient and hotheaded while at the same time being in a military service for decades and knowing how long travel times take. As for the science. It’s better to just forget about such things while reading this book.