An interesting twist on Drake's usual hard military SF. It's not quite "Love Boat meets Hammer's Slammers" but it does lean that direction. There's an interesting theory here about how a passenger ship can be converted for military purposes that seeds the narrative. And while you might think the study of a luxury liner would be boring, Drake keeps things moving by giving readers a chapter for each stop on the ship's route, each an adventure and each with a fair share of action. Or sex... more than I was expecting.
I didn't find any of the main characters particularly lovable or disdainful, and while I enjoyed the ride it wasn't terribly memorable. A decent read.
I listened to the audiobook. It was mostly well read with few errors but there were times when the narrator would speak quietly to simulate whispering and that was really annoying because I listen in the car and ambient noises made it hard to hear.