Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cadet Cruise, by David Drake

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(Military SF) Against her better judgment, Cadet Pennyroyal accompanies her fellow cadet Leary on liberty in a port where bad things have happened to a few other crewmembers. (7,042 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"Cadet Cruise," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Most of the fun of the story is trying to figure out what Leary is up to. Pennyroyal’s concerns add a good bit of tension. Leary, of course, is the protagonist—cadet Pennyroyal is like Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories; she’s only there to report on what happened.

Con: The whole scheme seems a bit far-fetched (on both sides). The ending is a bit too neat to be satisfying.

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