First off, I was a little hesitant to listen to this book because of the bad reviews but I took the plunge and it was worth it. Jack Campbell has serv..Show More »ed in the Navy and knows that navy life isn't very exciting. Campbell describes the day to day life a young ensign straight out of the Navy Academy. Campbell has also obviously read the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and the JAGMAN (Judge Advocate General's Manual) and the Manual for Courts-Martial because he depicts a very realistic court room environment.
The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that A Just Determination is a lot like the Caine Mutiny just in space, however I enjoyed this a lot more than the Caine Mutiny.
The only unrealistic thing is that one officer in the course of his three year tour of duty on board his ship would be involved in four separate court martials, but that's the only way to make it into a series and the whole series is amazing.
A must read for military, sci-fi, and lawyer fans.
I may be generous in my assessment of this book but I felt it was the best of the "JAG in Space" series to date (4 in the series). All of th..Show More »e novels follow the same formula - some action at the beginning with a tragedy of sorts, followed by a prolonged court room drama. Apart from the fact that the action occurs in space the novels really aren't science fiction. Don't bother with the book if you want hard sci fi.
The books roughly follow the experiences and tensions of a junior ship's officer with collateral 'legal officer' duty. In this book (more than the others) the tension seems more realistic because the protagonist is the instigator of the court martial procedings and so has a more vested interest in the outcome. That makes the tension and concern seem more plausible than in other books.While the consequences of going against more senior officers do not materialise in this book (but are implied to become manifest in book four), the real concern that they could and that the court room drama could become "career defining" make this a book worth listening to if that is your 'cup ot tea'.
The small things that are observed in court including the lawyer tricks add to the overall interest in the developing character of the protagonist but the arm wrestle between prosecution and defense should have been a bit meatier.
I am enjoying this military justice series by Jack Campbell. I like military justice books and military court room drama. The first half of this boo..Show More »k covers the routine life on a USS Naval space ship. Situation may be heading toward war and the allies on earth are conducting naval exercise to show the enemy they can work together. I enjoyed the British ship with a women captain play chicken with the interfering enemy ship. An explosion occurs on the USS Maury the sister ship of the USS Michaelson. Lt Paul Sinclair stationed on the Michaelson and his girlfriend Lt Jen Shen is on the Maury as an engineer. The explosion is in engineering and the Michaelson comes to help. The second half of the book is court room drama as Lt Shen is accused of sabotage it appears she is accused because she was the only survivor from engineering. The suspense builds trying to defend Shen when there appears to be no defense available. I enjoyed the suspense and drama along with the moral dilemma. If you like this type of book you will enjoy it. Campbell is a great story teller. Nick Sullivan does a good job in narrating the story.
This is book four in the Jag in Space series. I have enjoyed the series because I enjoy military law and military court room drama. There is some "a..Show More »ction" at the beginning of the story as has been in each of the other books in the series but most of the story is leading up to the Court Marshall and then the Court Marshall. In this story most of the prior people in the series is off the USS Michaelson and at the end Lt Paul Sinclair also ends his tour of duty on the ship. This story was a bit different from the others as it has to do with espionage vs spying and the legal difference. Sinclair works with NCIS to set a trap to catch the person passing "secret" documents to another country but he is surprised by who was caught and has problem believing they got the right person. The story has suspense, humor, and family interaction. The story sets us up for next book at the Mars Station. Nick Sullivan does a good job narrating the story. Looking forward to the next book.