The Coast Guard Cutter Aries bucked as she fired attitude thrusters to keep herself in position, making her groan and creak like a wooden sailing ship.
–Myke Cole - Sixteenth Watch - c.2020
I’ve been meaning to read a Myke Cole book for a while now. His name is one that’s been out there floating around as an interesting author, and I’ve seen a few of his tweets, he seems like an interesting guy. So when I read the blurb about Sixteenth Watch I was hoping it’d be something that’d catch my attention. I wanted something totally different from my last read, and I think that military sci-fi is pretty far from epic fantasy.
Plus I never knew that the US Coast Guard is actually part of the US military, and putting them in space seemed like a great idea. We’ve all heard of space marines, but the Coast Guard?
And this was a really good fun read. It starts with a bang, and continues at a good pace the whole way along. Although there is still time for character development and getting to know our main hero.
It is certainly more action-driven than most of my reads, but I enjoyed it, and would certainly read more about Jane Oliver, and the crew in general. Oliver is the main focus though, she is our point of view character and so we never get to learn more about the other characters than she knows or thinks. Some people may want more than that, but the tight focus worked for me. It is a book about Oliver and her role, it makes sense that she is star.