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Some Golden Harbor, David Drake 23 July 2022

2006 military SF, fifth of this ongoing series. Dunbar's World is being invaded from Pellegrino, and the RCN is called on by their allies to help. But they don't really care that much, so they send one underarmed ship and Daniel Leary.

Given how well Drake usually delineates worlds, I was surprised to find myself a little lost here (or perhaps I was just tired); we visit all three of the planets that are involved, including Bennaria that regards Dunbar's World as its possession and has called for RCN help, but for me at least Pellegrino tended to blur into the others. Which is a pity, because it's the new worlds and new people that make each book different from the previous ones even as they tend to follow basically the same plot.

There are some jugglings of authority: for technical reasons Leary is a passenger aboard his own ship, so he gets to train up someone else in the art of captaincy. People make mistakes, perhaps more then usual on the side of the good guys. A relayed signal is treated as deep technical magic but mostly Mundy's abilities to break into all the computers remain just helpful rather than a universal plot-solving ticket. Descriptions do get quite repetitious: fair enough if we're inside someone's head and they're mulling over something repeatedly, not so good if it's someone's single personality trait being expressed in nearly the same words again and again.

It's all right; nothing special, more of the same, but more of the same is what I was in the mood for.

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