Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole



The Coast Guard must prevent the first lunar war in history.
A lifelong Search-and-Rescuewoman, Coast Guard Captain Jane Oliver is ready for a peaceful retirement. But when tragedy strikes, Oliver loses her husband and her plans for the future, and finds herself thrust into a role she’s not prepared for. Suddenly at the helm of the Coast Guard’s elite SAR-1 lunar unit, Oliver is the only woman who can prevent the first lunar war in history, a conflict that will surely consume not only the moon, but earth as well.

  • Publisher Angry Robot
  • Published March 10, 2020
  • ISBN-100857668056
  • ISBN-13978-0857668059

My Review

First, a Shout Out:

I would like to thank Angry Robot and Myke Cole for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also, my apologies for not getting this done sooner.

The Coast Guard. In Space.

What the…..? How is that? You may ask, but yes, it works. It is also crammed full of nail chomping action and one bad-ass Captain Jane Oliver (don’t you just love the last name?)

This book really flew by, once I was able to focus, with the world in the midst of full throttle craziness it’s been hard, but I finally jumped in and will do my best to some thoughts together today.

The book starts off introducing us to Captain Oliver, accomplished Coastie on Earth on a mission during her first tour on the moon. The moon has been inhabited by a number of countries that are in the process of mining for helium 3, among other things. But things are a bit tense between them, and there is a lot of action running quarantine stops. What transpires sets the stage for an event that runs under the surface for a lot of emotions and actions throughout the entire book.

The story is focused on Jane, but there are a vast of Coasties serving her under her, who are very entertaining throughout.

She is given a unique mission to prepare a group of Space Coast Guards (I hope it’s ok with the author that I call them that) for a big win on the worlds biggest reality show Pitting different armed forces against each other, in space, in order to help the Coast Guard get much needed PR, for political puposes. When the team trains by taking on actual space quarantines, things get EX-CI-TING.

We get a lot of humerous interactions between Oliver and her subordinates, as well as with those she serves under. The humor woven into the story was a high point. But the most impressive aspect was the ease at which it was, to understand things that were very technical, futuristic, and resulted from a lot of research from the author.

Speaking of Myke Cole, this was the first of his numerous books I’ve had the pleasure to read. This seems to be the first of this type of hard, military scifi I’ve seen from him. I really look forward to checking out some of the fantasy stuff he’s well known for. I was really impressed though how quickly the book went.

I would’ve liked the story to go a bit longer, but I can see why it ended the way it did and was satisfied with the overall result.

Great read, intense, humerous, with a prophetic touch for our future on the moon.

Solid 4 stars

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