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Hold Fast Through the Fire, K. B. Wagers 03 September 2023

2021 military SF, second of its trilogy. The crew/found family of the not-Coast-Guard spaceship Zuma's Ghost are having to say goodbye to old members and welcome new ones.

I found two major elements in this book: one is that covert intelligence work is bad for military people and you really shouldn't ask them to do it, or if you do you should at least give them permission to tell their underlings/found family. Even if you don't trust their skill at acting. Fair enough, that's a usual idea in military SF, but it's rare to see it expanded in such depth as it is here. As before, the one way to put things right is honest conversations.

The other element for me was a Schrödinger's Conspiracy. Half the time it seems as though they have eyes and ears everywhere, they can threaten people's families, they can plant bombs in several places and time them to go off at once, they're clearly a major threat. The other half, it's basically just these three people (admittedly with significant resources), and one of them goes out in person on a minor intimidation job. Nobody ever seems to find these contradictory.

I enjoyed it, admittedly rather less than the first book, but I'll certainly go on to the final volume.

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