There is a giant big alien threat that the officers of S.R.S Amaterasu are dispatched to deal with.
This could have been all about describing the aliens but instead it focused on the blossoming relationship between the commander of a fighter wing and an officer in charge of the life-suspension systems.
I liked that Modesitt didn't waste my time with explaining how "bad" the enemy was, I can take that as a given. In the end, stories should be about people and how they are coping in a given situation. The SF can take a back seat and be in the background and still be very effective as genre fiction.
I liked this story a whole bunch.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr's website - http://www.lemodesittjr.com/
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