Some Golden Harbor (2006) is the fifth SF novel of the Leary, RCN, series, following The Way to Glory. In the previous volume, after the loss of his captain, Lieutenant Daniel Leary took the Hermes to attack an Alliance convoy in the Bromley system. The cutters damaged several cargo transports and the heavy cruiser Scheer, but Midshipman Timothy Dorst and his crew were killed in action.
Later, Signal Officer Adele Mundy made cutter 614 appear as a battleship and the Scheer surrendered to Admiral Milne's flotilla. Leary and a prize crew took the Scheer to Ritikin. There Leary was promoted to Commander by order of Admiral Anston, President of the Navy Board.
In this novel, Daniel has orders to go to Ganpat's Reach in an advisory role. Adele meets with Maurice Claverhouse in the Pleasaunce Style restaurant to obtain information about Dunbar's World. Adele is hoping that Claverhouse will have more current information on the situation than that available from Mistress Sand's organization.
Daniel visits the mother and sister of Midshipman Dorst. They already know of his death, but Daniel was his commanding officer and feels a duty to personally console the family. He also steers the family to his sister Deirdre to hasten distribution of Dorst's share of the prize money; Daniel's private deal with Deirdre will ensure that the Dorsts get immediate payment of the full amount.
Adele has expedited the use of the Princess Cecile to carry Daniel to Gunpat's Reach. Moreover, she has arranged for former Sissies to crew the ship. Their crew is being held in a hulk near Harbor 3.
Admiral Vocaine is now the Chief of the Navy Board, taking office after the retirement of Admiral Anston following a heart attack. Vocaine has instituted a new policy of detaining enlisted personnel between voyages, denying them port liberty. Both Daniel and Adele travel out to the place to collect the crew.
In this story, Lieutenant Vesey is acting captain of the Princess Cecile since Daniel is officially a passenger on this voyage. Besides, Daniel figures that the responsibilities will take her mind off the death of Midshipman Dorst. She has been very lost in her grief except when she has duties to perform.
Their first stop is Pellegrino, from which the invaders of Dunbar's World have come. Adele discovers that a disabled Cinnabar freighter has been waiting for parts for more than a month. Daniel decides to visit the captain of the freighter to get local news.
Adele visits the Cinnabar consular agent, who is also an agent for Mistress Sand. Hijaz Nordeen tells her the reason for the invasion. Chancellor Arruns has a son and heir -- Nataniel -- who is impatient in his wait for the chance at power. So Chancellor Arruns would prefer that Nataniel remain on Dunbar's World indefinitely.
Bennaria was the initial complainant to the Cinnabar Senate, for the invasion has disrupted their trade. Yet Daniel and Adele discover that Bennaria is not taking any steps on their own to oppose the invasion. Of course, they are quite willing to lend support to any Cinnabar effort, as long as it does not require their money or military.
This story tells of how Daniel accomplished his mission on Dunbar's World without any naval or military support other than the unarmed Princess Cecile and her well-armed crew. Daniel and Adele conduct covert operations on Bennaria to acquire what they need. Then they use these resources on Dunbar's World to get the Pellegrino troops off the planet.
Naturally, Daniel and Adele are resoundingly successful on Dunbar's World and confound their critics on Cinnabar. What else would you expect? Enjoy!
Highly recommended for Drake fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of naval and military maneuvers, intelligence gathering, and political intrigue.
-Arthur W. Jordin