This is an enjoyable, easy read with a nice tear-jerker ending. There is no physical violence in the book, the necessary literary conflict is in the character's morality and politics. The science is believable but not too technical.
A fast paced romp across the spaceways with mercenaries who learn the value of bonding. The story is well written and promises to be a start of a great series. I already bought the next one in the series.