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Not the Slammers. Better.
The Forlorn Hope
David Drake
David Drake turns away from his "Hammer's Slammers" universe and gives us a view of mercenaries fighting in a different milieu.

This is about my favourite of Drake's SF -- i'm not sure why, but it's a bit more satisfying than some of his other work.

A mercenary regiment whose Colonel has been assasinated, the crew of a damaged spaceship and a young officer and two enlisted men from the regular army of the side employing the mercenaries must band together and overcome hardships and dangers from foe and friend alike.

A young man becomes truly an adult when command is unexpectedly thrust upon him.

Great book.