In retrospect, it's hard to say where exactly Sassinak goes awry. It has, for example, an absolute gold mine of a premise - an abducted girl grows up to the be one of the most powerful military leaders in space history. However, somewhere in the execution, the authors tripped over themselves. The book jumps from place to place with little or no transition, and Sassinak's original abduction happens so fast and is treated so trivially by the authors that it's hard to see it as a traumatic event that shaped her personality. Likewise, there is truly uninspired series of scenes with Sassinak in military school - and then, whoops! She's a cadet! And then, whoops! She's a captain. The last 50 pages are a confusing mish-mash of abrupt deus ex machinas and hastily resolved plot points. How are they resolved, you ask? I have no idea, but when I turned the page, all the characters were busy chatting about how glad they were that *that* was over, and I took it on faith that resolution occured. God knows I'm not going to read the book again to find out.