This has got to be one of the silliest books I have ever read. I don’t know if the author meant this book to be that way, but, in my opinion that’s the way it turned out. I don’t know if the author is British or not, but if so, that can explain the weird way Captain Maddox was acting. He was one strange dude!
I think I have the ranks right, Maddox must have been a full Captain like in the Navy while Noonan was a Commander one rank below. I’m not sure what a Brigadier was doing working for the Lord High Admiral but that’s what she was. Brigadier is short for Brigadier General, usually an Army rank.
I don’t think the Star Watch is very good at war fighting. It seems they have way too many of their ships already compromised by New Men and they don’t even know it. Why they didn’t send someone to help with the extraction on Loki Prime I don’t know. Surely they would want to know that they had a compromised ship running around already knowing about Maddox’s “secret” mission!
And then there’s the stupid conversations with the alien starship Captain or computer! I don’t know why the computer could only speak with Maddox since everyone on the mission, except for Meta, should have the “right” brain patterns. And it was never explained why the ship had controls that would require a tentacle being to operate them.
All-in-all, I took this as a tongue-in-cheek story that I recommend NOT continue! It’s nice to read about Captain Maddox once but too much of him could get quite tiring!