Author: Gordon Dickson
Genre: Space opera, science fiction, military
Copyright Date: 1981
Cover: A short man holding a book stares off into the middle distance. Presumably he is thinking Deep Thoughts.
First line: "The young lieutenant-colonel was drunk, apparently, and determined to rush upon disaster."
Best part: I like stories about scholars placed in fighting situations.
Worst part: The main character, Cletus Grahame, is pretty much an asshole.
Recommended for: Fans of old-school military space opera.
Related Reads: Heinlein's juveniles.