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Sixteenth Watch

de Myke Cole

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"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"--… (mais)
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Great read. Interesting characters, extremely plausible setting, and a story that doesn't let up. Really enjoyed it, and I think there needs to be more MilSF about preventing wars. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 8, 2020 |
A blog post by Myke Cole interested me enough to purchase and read this novel about the Coast Guard in outer space. I've read some military science fiction but much of it seems to be a transfer of ground combat to alien worlds or naval battles in outer space. Cole thought a lot about the Coast Guard, which is the often unrecognized fifth branch of the U.S. military, whose responsibilities include search-and-rescue, law enforcement and interdiction of smugglers and other bad guys. How many Coast Guard novels have you read? This one is a page turner and fortunately, the first of a trilogy; set in lunar space and on the moon itself, its characters are both stereotypical and interestingly different individuals. ( )
  nmele | Mar 29, 2020 |
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

In Sixteenth Watch, Myke Cole has created a compelling, action-packed work of military sci-fi where United States settlers face off against Chinese interests on the moon--and the United States Navy and Coast Guard likewise face off, escalating an already hot situation into one that could go nuclear.

I trust Cole to get the military aspects right; I know the guy, and he knows his stuff. As a former Navy wife, I have some familiarity with the subject matter myself. The rivalry he writes about within the ranks here is absolutely plausible, on earth and the moon, and ratchets up the tension to a major degree. This is one of those books that is almost impossible to put down. You NEED to find out what happens next.

This isn't a thriller full of vapid action, though. At its heart are incredible, vivid characters that I came to care about. The protagonist is Jane Oliver, a Coast Guard veteran of decades who loses her sailor husband during an initial lunar flare-up between the US and China. Instead of taking a quiet retirement, she is invited back to the moon for a rather unusual challenge: to prepare an elite squad of Coasties for a reality game show that the Marines have dominated for years. This has not only impacted recruitment efforts on Earth, but also gives the Navy more power in the struggle for military dominance on the moon. Navy commanders are too keen on war, to Jane's thinking; the Coast Guard, carrying out a role on the moon similar to what they do on the ocean, is largely about deescalating tension and saving lives. It's awesome to see the Coast Guard be in the spotlight in a space setting because the role that they play (even without a literal coast to guard) makes absolute sense.

The reality show angle adds to the originality of the book, and again, I know Cole knows what he's talking about, as he is a reality show veteran himself. The stakes around the show feel realistic in this near-future setting, but hanging over everything is that threat of war with China.

This is a darn good book, and I hope it's the first in the series because I'd love to read more about these characters and this world. ( )
  ladycato | Feb 17, 2020 |
Quick, easy read, good character arcs, and a great premise. I'll write a longer review later.

ARC received from Angry Robot on Netgalley. This did not affect my review.

To read more of my reviews, check out my blog at keikii Eats Books! ( )
  keikii | Jan 24, 2020 |
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"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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