An Officer's Duty

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An Officer's Duty

Theirs Not to Reason Why, #2

This exciting and entertaining tale is a wonderful combination of science fiction military action and mystical elements such as telekinesis, precognition, pyrokinesis, postcognition and several others. The action is nonstop and there are multiple alien races involved in the struggle which necessitates the presence of human military branches. The author provides more background to the inimitable and indomitable career soldier who is determined to prevent the horrific end to her universe that she foresees. There are glimpses of her softer side even as one follows her through her accelerated training. The introduction of a fellow trainee named Meyun Harper whom she can’t read in the timestreams shakes the foundations of Ia’s world and provides a wildcard to her careful plans even as it shows her vulnerability. It was satisfying to finally get a direct glimpse of the family who provide Ia’s only unconditional support system and I was reminded of the long-range manipulation seen in a couple of other science fiction series that I am fond of by Orson Scott Card and C.J. Cherryh. This was a gripping read that immersed me into an intriguing universe that I can only hope to revisit again and again...fortunately it won’t be a hardship to reread this book and the first in the series (“A Soldier’s Duty”) while I am anxiously awaiting a YEAR for the next one. It is strongly recommended that one read “A Soldier’s Duty” first for greatest enjoyment of this fantastic read.

“An Officer’s Duty” by Jean Johnson is part of the series ‘Theirs Not to Reason Why' and is the exciting sequel to her mesmerizing book, “A Soldier’s Duty”. This is an action-packed science fiction novel which continues to describe the military career of Ia, an extraordinary female who was born on a ‘heavyworld’ (more than 1.56 times standard gravity) which confers remarkable physical abilities which pale in comparison to her mental powers. A stalwart defender who is determined to avoid the catastrophe that only she can see clearly, Ia has entered the Space Force Navy in order to build upon the skills she has already developed during her stint as a Marine. A gradually unfolding tapestry of her intricate plan and glimpses of the key people in Ia’s background as well as encounters with the enemies that seek to destroy humans and their allies continue to mesmerize the reader. The author continues to introduce intriguing elements which give texture to a wonderfully imaginative read and makes one anxious for the continuing adventures of a fascinating heroine.

Book Blurb for An Officer's Duty

Jean Johnson—the national bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny novels—returns to the world she introduced in A Soldier’s Duty with a terrible vision of the future...

Promoted in the field for courage and leadership under fire, Ia is now poised to become an officer in the Space Force Navy—once she undertakes her Academy training. But on a trip back home to Sanctuary, she finds the heavyworld colony being torn apart by religious conflict. Now Ia must prepare her family and followers to secure the galaxy’s survival. Her plan is to command a Blockade Patrol ship. Her goal, to save as many lives as she can. But at the Academy, she discovers an unexpected challenge: the one man who could disrupt those plans. The man whose future she cannot foresee...

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2012 5.00