This review was first published by Booklist on September 15, 2016.
This second entry in the Central Corps series is wall-to-wall action. It starts with a bang, opens new vistas of political and corporate intrigue, and pulls readers along to an ending that will leave them wanting more. After the events of The Cold Between (2016), Elena Shaw and Greg Foster were court-martialed for their actions. But instead of punishment, they’re put back on board their ship and assigned to patrol the Third Sector. When Syndicate raiders attack and destroy a fellow Corps ship, they must partner with a PSI captain and her crew to pursue the attackers. Elena’s former crewmates and commander open old wounds, as the pursuit leads to the site of one of her worst memories. Worse yet, there’s a saboteur on board. Bonesteel’s characters are what really stand out amid all the action—the relationships between them ground everything in the story, though this novel ditches the romance that characterized its predecessor in favor of more straightforward military science fiction. Fans of David Drake’s Honor Harrington series will find much to enjoy here.