Hold Fast Through the Fire

Harper Voyager. (NeoG, Bk. 2). Jul. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780062887818. $26.99. SF
As soon as the crew of Zuma’s Ghost (a futuristic coast guard ship) wins its second Boarding Games, their success is snatched out from under them. Their commander and master chief leaves, forcing them to rebuild the crew from the ground up. Nika comes back to command, Jenks is promoted, and everyone must recreate the strong ties that took them to the top. Spacer Chae Ho-ki joins the crew and must navigate not only their open secret (that their placement in NeoG was a plea deal against a 20-year mining sentence) but also the secrets that Chae holds close—and those threaten their loved ones. As Zuma’s Ghost heads back into the black to deal with disrupted Trappist supply lines, the crew will face mounting odds. To survive the shadowy cabal bent on their destruction and win the Boarding Games, they must find their strength and trust. Wagers’s sharp prose highlights the fast action and dialogue they’re known for, bringing to life this story of found family, talent, and hard punches.
VERDICT The second “NeoG” novel (after A Pale Light in the Black) further expands the world of the futuristic coast guard and details the faithful, delightful crew of Zuma’s Ghost.
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