Jade Darcy is a deadly, complex and fascinating heroine on the order of Jason Bourne, but in outer space! She is also on the run from a dark past. Jade's refuge is an alien-run eatery on the distant planet of Cablans, where she is the only human. She works as a bouncer in the eatery, and the combined imagination of coauthors Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason runs riot with weird aliens of many shapes. Her boss is a tree-like alien while the chief chef has six arms. Goldin and Mason excel in creating three-dimensional, complex aliens with their own cultures, motivations and ideologies. Jade, aided by cyborg-like implants courtesy of Earth's military, does her bouncer duty and those encounters are fascinating. But to build up her assets, she also does mercenary work. And what a mercenary she is! She answers the call of a humanoid alien to help him recover his Honor by visiting the colony world where the nasty Commancor aliens have taken over her client's land, killed his family and disgraced his culture. Jade helps her client, but then goes back to hiding out on Cablans. While a powerful mercenary, Jade is fearful of everyone due to a past that caused her to flee from Earth's commando force. Then she is found by an Earth woman who owns the largest human corporation in existence. Their kabuki-like encounter teaches Jade several lessons about selfishness, honor, contract law, fear and what it means to be an honorable person in an alien-run universe. This is a non-stop, heart-pounding, super enjoyable story that will take the reader on a trip to a reality far different from routine Earth spy battles. Highly recommended.