When Berthold Gambrel announced the publication of his second novel, The Directorate, I grinned from ear to ear. It was difficult to recall the last time I had dug into a good military space opera. There was a youthful summer when it was all I read, but it’s since been one of many genres that I cycle through.
Let me tell you, The Directorate was a wonderful way to get back into the swing of things. The ethos of Heinlein mingles with shades of Star Wars, providing an exciting cornucopia of huge starships and vast conspiracies. With a bloody history, Mars, Luna, and Earth are having a hard time maintaining their alliance and no side can claim the high ground. In the middle of it all, our protagonist, Lt. Theresa Gannon, proves that heroes are forged under fire when she’s forced to make life-changing decisions at every turn.
Berthold does a fine job of keeping the reader hooked from one chapter to the next. I never felt bored as he moves things along at a rapid pace. The variety of setting and characters truly spiced up the narrative.
Having finished The Directorate, I was happy to see he’s hard at work on another book. I’d ride a motorcycle across Mars just to get a copy! 😉
Keep ’em comin’, Berthold!