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Just reviewed “What Distant Deeps” for SBR

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I just reviewed WHAT DISTANT DEEPS by David Drake at Shiny Book Review; I enjoyed it, but felt the romantic subtext was lacking.  (In other words, Captain Daniel Leary doesn’t know his head from a hole in the ground when it comes to the signals his Signals Officer, Adele Mundy, has been throwing off for the past seven books and now into the eighth book of the Royal Cinnabar Navy series.)

Mind, this particular book doesn’t need romance; it has good political intrigue, some action, well-developed characterization and some very nice (and unlikely) female bonding going on between Adele Mundy and Posthuma “Posy” Belisande, sister of the current Leader of Zenobia and former mistress of the head of the Alliance.  But if Captain Leary had finally bought a clue, this book could’ve been much richer and deeper; instead, it’s very good, enjoyable, and interesting, but I keep wondering what else could’ve happened, finally, in the realm of character conflict if Leary had woken up and “smelled the coffee.”

Here’s the link to the review, for your edification:


Written by Barb Caffrey

March 2, 2011 at 12:34 am