This was CJ Cherryh first real Sci-Fi blockbuster. What happens on an independant Space Station caught between an interstellar War between Earth and her former Colonies. What separated this book from other Sci-Fi War stories was the focus on Politics. Politics and the way war erodes the rights of the embattled. Politics, bare-knuckle threat diplomacy and what happens when your Military no longer acknowledges civilian Authority.
I give it 3 stars because it's a dense, long read that was really suited more for Adults than for the young guys who were buying Sci-Fi at the time this was published. And at times, seem too long and following too many characters.
The Positive: Signy Mallory. That was one SCARY Fleet Captain. I'm just sorry that Cherryh never brought this character back in another full adventure in the Merchanter universe....Continua