With the Lightnings by David Drake

David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre. Drake served two years as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cav in Vietnam and Combodia.

With the Lightnings is book one of a space opera series which is worthy of the time spent reading. The two main protagonist’s families have been mortal enemies, though both Adele Mundy and Daniel Leary are members of the Cinnabar Empire. Empires Cinnabar and Alliance are enemies, at this time. Cinnabar has internal politics that are bitter and fierce. Kostroma is a rich planet that is the prize of the contest and the pot in which the story is placed. There is a bad guy that you will love to hate, a spacer crew to be formed and loyalties to be forged. A rollicking good tale. The bad guy gets his, the man doesn’t get the girl. The man does get a lasting friendship with a smart, rapier witted family enemy; a friendship based in respect.

This is a must read for anyone who enjoys military science fiction; a novel that is re-readable.