Author: Mike Shepherd.
Title: Vicky Peterwald: Target.
Publisher: Ace Books.
Price: $7.99 (US).
Overview and Impressions:
Vicky Peterwald: Target is the first book in a new series by Mike Shepherd, author of Kris Longknife series and Jump universe. Lt. Vicky Peterwald is the daughter of the Emperor of the Greenfield Empire. Her life becomes expendable when her younger brother is killed. Vicky's pregnant step-mother wants her dead. Vicky Peterwald dodges numerous assassination attempts as she travels back to the Imperial palace. She pleads with her naval superiors to save her life by saying she'll be their eyes and ears. After two more assassination attempts, Vicky flees her home world for the safety of St. Petersburg, an out of the way star system in the Greenfield Empire.
Overall, Vicky Peterwald: Target was a fast and enjoyable read. Shepherd's writing flows at an energetic pace and there's plenty of action for a military sci-fi junky. Recommend.