A Just Determination (#1)

This title was initially published under John Hemry.

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First in a “superior military SF” (Booklist) series that follows a young officer who must fight to see justice done.

Fresh from the Academy, Ensign Paul Sinclair has been assigned to the warship USS Michaelson, whose mission is to stop any foreign vessels from violating U.S. sovereign space.

When Captain Peter Wakeman mistakenly destroys a civilian science ship perceived as hostile, Sinclair must testify against Wakeman at a court-martial hearing. But Sinclair believes that the severity of the charges against the captain are unjust–and becomes a witness for the defense…


“Superior military SF […] The last third of the book recalls nothing so much as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial in an SF setting, and it attains the same high level of achievement. Although Hemry probably has too much taste to launch a googolplexology from this book, if he were to do so, discerning readers might applaud.”


“Nicely set up and executed […] a[n] absorbing story.”

Science Fiction Chronicle

“A trim novel and a promising series start by an author who obviously knows what he’s writing about […] avoids the blood and thunder prevalent in the field. Hemry instead opts for courtroom tension and readable interaction between finely crafted characters. This series has promise to stand on its own among similar mature works, such as Poul Anderson’s Dominic Flandry books and the Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Moteworld collaborations.”


“Hemry explores gallantry, honor, duty, and patriotism—as well as their opposites—in a book where both the court scenes and the space-chase scenes are page turners.”

Steve Miller, co-author of the Liaden Universe novels

“A JUST DETERMINATION is the 'Caine Mutiny' of the Space Age. A page-turning Sci-Fi thriller that captures you at the beginning and shocks you at the surprise twist in the ending.”

Capt. David E. Meadows, USN, author of The 6th Fleet and Joint Task Force series

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