la's story drew me in from the first and I enjoyed reading it.
A Soldier's Duty is dark and edgy and what makes it work is that la is such a straightforward character - she came to join, she is there to do a job, and she will not going to let anything or anyone interfere with what she has to do.
That is part of her, but not all of her. She is also caring and loving, she just does not let many people see that side of her. She doesn't necessarily hide that side of her, she just shows it to people she knows and trusts, and that takes a bit of time.
A Soldier's Duty was my introduction to Jean Johnson and a good one. I will definitely look into her other published books and look forward to reading more about la and her family in the future.
Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years-a soldier history will call Bloody Mary.