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Sixteenth Watch

Angry Robot. Mar. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9780857668059. pap. $14.99. SF
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Coast Guard Commander Jane Oliver had a clear view of retirement ahead of her, after serving the moon assignment of 16th Watch. However, an overzealous response to a fight has left her husband dead, and now Jane is running on empty. When she is approached to go back to the moon, this time to train the next group for the famous Battalion Games, the Coast Guard’s elite SAR-1 lunar unit, she finds a crew still in mourning and stuck in the past. Finding a way to inspire her crew, when she feels just as lost, seems impossible. Yet Jane also finds that tension between the Coast Guard and Navy commands is spiraling into border issues, and she may be the only one who can keep it from exploding into all-out war.
VERDICT Cole’s (The Killing Light) military experience creates an immersive read. Smart prose and intense conflict will keep readers engaged to the very end.

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