When Jelena Marchenko learns that her parents have incurred a huge debt due to her previous actions, she’s determined to find a way to pay it off. But running cargo doesn’t pay anything off quickly. She comes up with a scheme to turn herself and her eclectic crewmates into mercenaries, at least for long enough to make some money.
Unfortunately, Jelena has no interest in maiming, killing, or otherwise tormenting people, the typical things mercenaries are hired to do. She’s relieved when, with Prince Thorian’s help, she finds a mission that seems perfectly suited to her team: rescuing prisoners of war.
But what was supposed to be a quick way to earn money soon turns into something devastating and deadly. Caught between two sides in a war fueled by centuries of resentment, Jelena must choose between her needs and the needs of a planet. No matter which choice she makes, she risks her ship and the lives of her team. Does she truly have what it takes to be a mercenary?
The adventure continues as Jelena and her crew fail completely in their attempt to “just” deliver cargo. Jelena has a huge debt to pay off and so she really needs lucrative cargo runs. Government bills for repairing blown-up space stations are expensive!! Trouble seems magnetically drawn to Jelena and her crew though so there is no “just” for them. This is to our benefit… the world that they live in is never boring… so you will never be bored ;).
I have four kids making me almost an expert on siblings and their light-hearted and not so light-hearted banter. I hear their squabbles and see how they will then conversely defend each other to the death. While not actual brother and sister, the interaction between Jelena and Erick is just like that between siblings. It was fun to see. Jelena and Erick’s squabbles and banter are always good-hearted and make up a large portion of the lighter moments in the story.
With all of Lindsay Buroker’s series, the sexual innuendo and plainly outspoken sexual components grow as relationships grow throughout the series. You won’t see much in the first book, maybe hints, but moving into the second book and beyond sex will be more and more blatantly joked about and engaged in. It’s not graphic but it is definitely there.
In the Angle of Truth, the adventure is good and the characters are fun, witty, loyal, and united. I wouldn’t give one of Buroker’s books to my teens but as an adult, I’m not too concerned about the lewdness. If you can get past that I believe that you will enjoy her books.
As a reviewer for Lindsay Buroker, I was given a pre-release copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.