Ultimate Duty is an adult version of the author’s YA novel First Duty – adult in that some mildly graphic sex scenes are added. Laid several centuries into the future, the book is basically an action/spy thriller involving the fight between SemCorp (the tyrannical governing body that rules all the planets of the known universe) and the Reformers (an underground group who wants to free the planet worlds to make their own lives). The tale is full of battle and fight scenes and frenetic voyages through space and has lots of description of the technology of the future (it’s well done and you need to like that aspect in order to fully enjoy this book). The heroine, who is a martial arts expert, goes through a process of deciding where her real duty lies, although this process is not particularly deep or in much question. Altogether, this is a book that concentrates on plot and action and not particularly on character conflicts or hard decisions. However, if you enjoy a fast-reading, quick-paced action thriller, this book may be just what you want.
One additional word – the editing of this book is very clean – you won’t be bothered by typos or grammatical errors.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)