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An Officer's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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I'm so glad I was pointed to this series. I love space operas and militaristic sci fi and thoroughly enjoyed my "travels" through this segment of Ia's story.
Ia goes to the Academia de Marinha Estrelas (Naval service Academy in Portugal) and goes through accelerated course work to become an officer. This was after a short side trip to her home world of Sanctuary to visit her mothers and brothers and put more plans into place to protect her family, friends and planet.
Then it's back to space for Ia and her daredevil antics to save lives and prepare all the sentient races to the coming mayhem in 300 years.
Author Johnson's attention to detail is amazing and the world building she accomplishes shows a master's touch as far as dealing with detail. Ia does come across as a little too perfect at times but then she has many psi powers to help her accomplish her goals so I just sit back and enjoy the read.
I'm now getting ready to read the third book in the series Hellfire. The fourth book "Damnation" isn't out yet and I hope it will be soon.
What clinched it for me in writing this review . .. . I went to Jean Johnson's web page and saw her comments from a soldier in Afghanistan. He wrote her telling her how much he appreciate her book A Soldier's Duty. Since my son is in the Air Force, reading that and having read An Officer's Duty -- Yup, had to write a review and let others know about this book and why I loved it: A futuristic setting in which soldiers and officers play a part but also a reminder of how our military serves for us today. I plan on getting copies of both books to mail to my son. He loves science fiction and fantasy/paranormal books. I know he'll be encouraged and enjoy them as much as I have. Thank you Jean Johnson for a wonderful series. I also look forward to your next book. Keep them coming! - Dan's wife
It is generally a fun and entertaining read. There are a few bits, especially the first parts, which are perhaps not so thrilling. The first 100 pages, where Ia visits her family on her home planet, is even a bit boring. Luckily it is a reasonably large book (450+ pages) so there is plenty of material left once one has gotten through this part.
The rest is in some sense similar to the first book with a period of military training followed by some actual duty. This is the fun part, both the training and the actual duty. As before Ia is somewhat of a übervoman and a bad--s one at that.
In this book we actually get to know a lot more of what the dangers that lay ahead are. They are still far away in the future though and Ia have a few details to deal with before that, like winning a couple of wars that are about to break out, so I would say that there are plenty of material for more books.
The book ramps up the action rather exponentially towards the end and here is also when we get to know quite a few things about the imminent future. In these parts of the book Ia makes sure no one forgets why she is called Bloody Mary. She also reveals that precognition is not her only abilities and towards the end I got a bit of a superhero feeling over the entire story. I was not to sure if I liked all of this über-stuff but in the end I think it worked out quite well.
After this book I definitely want to read the rest of the story so I am going to dive straight into the next one.
Even more, the thought that went into the world around the characters was complete. Everything from the description of the life support systems to how the ships are controlled was thought out and implemented, creating a true sense of looking into another world rather than being told a story about it. I certainly hope to read more on this universe in the future.