|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