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A Question of Faith, Glynn Stewart 05 April 2023

2020 space-navy SF, stand-alone novella in the Castle Federation series. Before the last big war, an admiral has to decide who set up the obvious trap.

For the long-term reader of the series, it's amusing to see the tech downgraded several notches. But more importantly there isn't much in the way of actual space battles here: the important thing is whether two admirals, commanding task forces from small empires in a loose non-aggression treaty, will regard each other as the enemy or manage to communicate and sort out what's really going on.

And these are peacetime navies and states, which haven't fought capital ship battles in most people's memory, rather than combat-experienced ones; people want to do things by the book.

All right, I already like Stewart's approach to military SF and if the others don't work for you I don't suppose this will either. It fills in an interesting bit of history, and I think it's intended as a route for new readers into the series, but mostly it's a pleasant diversion.

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Series: Castle Federation | Next in series: Space Carrier Avalon

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