The Coast Guard must prevent the first lunar war in history.
A lifelong Search-and-Rescuewoman, Coast Guard Captain Jane Oliver is ready for a peaceful retirement. But when tragedy strikes, Oliver loses her husband and her plans for the future, and finds herself thrust into a role she’s not prepared for. Suddenly at the helm of the Coast Guard’s elite SAR-1 lunar unit, Oliver is the only woman who can prevent the first lunar war in history, a conflict that will surely consume not only the moon, but earth as well.
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“I need to… I know this sounds stupid, but I need to make your father proud again. One last time.”
Alice reached across and placed her hand on her mother’s knee. “He already is, mom. I know it.”
I really enjoyed reading Sixteenth Watch. It was a really, really easy read. I initially picked it up just trying to get the book started, and before I knew it I was 38% of the way through the book and I needed to sleep. This was just so easy to read and fall into.
The main character, Jane Oliver, is nearing retirement. She has been a member of the Coast Guard a long time, and is very good at what she does – leading boarding parties onto ships suspected of ill intent. Oliver also just lost her husband during the worst bit of fighting on the moon so far, and she saw it happen. She is hurting, and trying to find her place in the world again. And she has been given an opportunity to go to the moon, and a promotion.
This opportunity is two pronged. The primary goal, the reason she is being sent in the first place, is to win the new biggest sporting event in the United States. The Boarding Action is a competition “which pits space-based crews in a simulated boarding of a hostile vessel in zero-gravity.” Oliver only has a few weeks to shape up the team fielded by the Coast Guard. They have to beat the Marines, who have won for the last few years running. Spectacularly.
But the real goal, the secret goal, is to prevent war with China. The hostilities are increasing rapidly, and quarantine jumpers are a daily occurrence. The action in which Oliver lost her husband was just one example of the way hostilities are going. Morale is low. And the Navy is itching to start a war. They’re primed and ready to go at a moments notice. Winning the Boarding Action will give the Coast Guard room to present themselves as a viable alternative to policing the moon.
Overall, I really liked Sixteenth Watch. It was perhaps a too near future for me (war with China just feels a bit too close to home right now), being only about a hundred or so years in the future. I really liked the main character, and that she was an older protagonist, which I don’t get to see often. And I really liked that she cared for her position – to prevent war, by any means necessary – so strongly. I just could have done without so many references to current things, like the USS Obama. Kinda just weirded me out.
There were also the character interactions. Oliver has a friend/assistant/fellow officer under her that does her bidding, and the interactions she has with him are just the best. They have the best relationship and chemistry that ISN’T sexual in nature and I just lived for it. Plus there were her interactions with her daughter and even her husband in the beginning. The relationships were just great.
And also there is that ending. Man, what an ending. I don’t know if this is expected to be a series or what, but with an ending like that… it easily could be.
ARC received from Angry Robot on Netgalley. This did not affect my review.