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Publisher's Summary

Spacers wanted!
Men of heart! Men of action!
Ship paid off and left you in-atmosphere? Are your fortunes still held hostage by the Navy's prize court?
Seek your new fortune amongst the worlds of the Barbary!
Captain Alexis Carew, late of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.
Hero of Giron! Savior of Man’s Fall!
Now commanding the private ship Mongoose in action against vile pirates and nefarious slavers, the very serpents of the Barbary!
Captain Carew’s first command saw each man near four hundred pounds prize money!
Her last saw salvage of two million guineas!
Only the finest shall be accepted!
Apply berth 32, Ring 7, Quayside.
Even with no war on, there are always battles to fight.
A cease-fire in the war with Hanover leaves Lieutenant Alexis Carew on half-pay, in-atmosphere, and with her ship laid up in ordinary until called upon once more for the needs of the Service. She was, at least, lucky enough to be in her home star system when her last ship, HMS Nightingale, paid off, unlike much of her former crew.
She’s left to help manage her family lands, though still with no certainty she’ll be allowed to inherit them. It would be a tranquil, peaceful life, if not for the influx of asteroid miners seeking their fortunes, the uncertainties of her inheritance, and the nagging certainty that her current life is not what she really wants.
She’d give anything to command a ship again.
©2017 J. A. Sutherland (P)2017 J. A. Sutherland
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cole on 12-19-17

The next one better be soon!

The story was great as always, and the narrator is absolutely amazing.

There's more story left, without giving any spoilers. And I can't wait for it. While this series does require some suspension of disbelief on the science it's almost like reading pre-1950's sci-fi, where just maybe Venus is a jungle world of Amazon's, or Mars has nude princesses running about.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aamund on 05-03-18

Arrr there be Pirates!

I really like the 17th or 18th century feel of the book, which makes an interesting twist on the old pirate stories. The voice of the characters is reminiscent of that time as well. I enjoy stories with strong women defeating enemies, while being underestimated. Very detailed descriptions of the ships and sailing them, as well as excellent character development.

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