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Chain of Command by Frank Chadwick
Cover Artist: Kurt Miller
Review by Ernest Lilley
Baen Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781481482974
Date: 03 October 2017 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Sam Bitka isn't career Navy, and he'd be just as happy to get back to his life in the civilian sector he got called up from when the Navy pulled in reserves, but now he's in the middle of a shooting war no one expected.Unfortunately for him, the fact that the new missiles they loaded onto his destroyer don't work isn't the most broken thing in the fleet, which hasn't faced war in centuries. The biggest threat to Earth may not even be the alien Varoki who've decided to wipe us out, because as Pogo noted long ago, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

From official release/information:

Product Description: Lieutenant Sam Bitka, U.S. Naval Reserve, is getting used to civilian life when he is called back to active duty. Tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki are on the rise, and Sam is assigned as tactical officer aboard the deep space destroyer USS Puebla. Dispatched to the distant world of K'tok to protect human colonists, he wants nothing more than to serve out his active duty time and get back to his civilian life.

But when the Varoki launch a crippling surprise attack against the Earth coalition fleet, Sam finds himself suddenly in command of the USS Puebla, a job he is far from certain he can discharge successfully. What's more, mounting evidence points to a much larger and more sinister alien plan.

Now, Sam must deal with faltering leadership in the human task force and an alien enemy who always seems one step ahead of them. Time for Sam to step up and rise to the challenge of command.

(Source: Baen)

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