The Outer Marker by Indulis Ievans
Approx. 86,800 words.
Published on September 12, 2013.
In a distant galaxy in the far-off future, a combat veteran just wants to settle down, raise his kids as a single father, and earn a decent wage piloting a starship. But to former members of his old unit, his skills and knowledge are too valuable to be wasted as they attempt to uncover a deadly plot being hatched by their new masters.