So far, the series has settled into building an empire from remnants. Cole decides where to assemble something and work gangs swarm over the project. Prospectors search for raw materials. Crews defect from nearby systems during civilian upheavals to join his Navy forming at Beta Magellan. He finances everything out of revenues from tolls. Everyone treats the tycoon with kid gloves.
During a facility tour, Admiral Sato consults with Cole.
‘“Very well,” Sato replied, adding one nod. “There is another matter I’m reticent to discuss, but I have reason to believe you will encounter it soon enough elsewhere.”
“Oh?” Cole asked. “That sounds rather ominous.”
Sato’s expression quirked toward an almost-rueful smile. “Yes. It could very well be. A number of forward-thinking people have come to me, asking if you have any children or when you plan to have them.”
Kerns, Robert M.. Haven Ascendant (Cole & Srexx Book 3) . Knightsfall Press. Kindle Edition.
Ahhh, so the cool, reformed smuggler needs to begin thinking like a King and consider continuation of his line should he fall in battle? Nonsense. The line-of-succession was important to inheriting CIE, his family conglomerate. There is a board of directors to handle operations.
But as sovereign, even if Cole originally assembled a coalition of free systems, people might bestow power on some warrior other than his lineage. It makes more sense to identify and develop teammates who can lead.
Story line is weak, pacing is ponderous, and only one battle has emotional impact. Imagery O.K.