I read this book about 16-Jan-2010. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2006. This note was last modified Sunday, 31-Jan-2010 16:55:59 PST.
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Naval District 41 is a bit of an anomaly, what with having no crew and being shut down. Kris is appointed commander of it, but left a Lieutenant.
Hank Peterwald shows up, with a Captain to ride herd on him. This doesn't work that well, since he's been made a Commodore.
Naval District 41 is headquartered at Chance, a nice enough planet (not too old, not too rich). Kris likes the people there reasonably, learns to cope with their foibles, and manages to save their necks. And get them closer to the new alliance her father and great-grandfather are forming.