This story is a fun read for those who like space adventure with a bit of thought behind it. One has to buy the premise of personal starships less than a century from now, but then it's been about that since the Wright Flyer, and now we have personal jets. The Jason Curtis character reminds me of Larry Niven's Beowulf Shaeffer, smart enough to get out of the trouble he gets himself into - eventually. This should appeal to fans of Niven's earlier stuff, and perhaps even fans of the Traveller RPG. Mayer has even hidden an easter egg referencing E. C. Tubb's Earl Dumarest series.