David Drake [is] the reason a lot of people got started reading military science fiction, because it's always a good idea to start with the best.--David Weber
Roy Olfetrie dreamed of becoming an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy until his father's secret criminal enterprise was discovered. Forced to drop out of the Academy, Roy has given up - until he meets Captain Daniel Leary.
With Leary and Mundy at his side, Roy finally has a chance to redeem himself. Plunged back into the fray, Roy must contend with slave traders, pirates and assassination attempts, as well as his own father's toxic legacy. But an even greater danger is on the horizon, as war with the Alliance is brewing once again