From the Publisher
Praise for A Just Determination
"Hemry is the real thing . . . thrilling excitement on every page." --Capt. David E. Meadows, USN, author of the Dark Pacific series
"Superior military SF . . . Recalls nothing so much as The Caine Mutiny in space, and it attains the same high level of achievement." --Booklist
"Paul Sinclair is exactly the kind of guy you want to serve with, and exactly the kind of reluctant hero that great series are made from." --SFRevu
"John Hemry, a writer who relies on his own naval experience for verisimilitude in his storytelling, gives SF it own JAG with this intelligent and engrossing legal drama . . . Worthwhile and provocative." --SF Reviews
"A remarkably impressive work . . . This is military science fiction at its best." --Rambles
"Hemry explores gallantry, honor, duty, and patriotism--as well as their opposites--in a book where both the court scenes and the space-chase scenes are page-turners." --Steve Miller, coauthor of the Liaden Universe (R) novels
The Barnes & Noble Review
Retired Navy officer and author of the popular military science fiction novels Stark's War, Stark's Command, and Stark's Crusade, John G. Hemry begins a markedly more cerebral series with A Just Determination.
Ensign Paul Sinclair is fresh out of the Naval Academy and assigned to the USS Michaelson as the ship's lone legal officer. The warship's mission is to patrol a very large volume of space, enforcing the U.S. claim on valuable transit routes and mineral rich asteroids.
When a South Asian Alliance ship trespasses into U.S. territory and runs from the Michaelson when approached, Captain Pete Wakeman decides to try and catch the intruding vessel before it leaves U.S. space. Wakeman's attempts at communication with the mysterious ship go unanswered, and when he fires a warning shot across the ship's bow, the ship changes its course and begins heading right for the Michaelson. Although the Alliance ship has no visible weapons, Wakeman takes no chances and fires on the ship, destroying it and everyone aboard.
When the Michaelson is ordered to return to port and the captain is court-martialed, young Sinclair must decide whether to keep quiet like everyone else or stand up for what he believes in -- a decision that could ruin his career as well as Wakeman's.
Like other popular military science fiction veterans such as David Drake and John Ringo, Hemry knows what he is talking about. This author has the right stuff -- top-notch military sci fi. Paul Goat Allen