Mike Massa has done a wonderful job of writing in the Caine Riordan Universe. The novella Shakes has the feel of a Charles Gannon novel. Instead of well thought out alien cultures the story has indigenous human groups that have developed believable cultures on a different planet and an asteroid. The story focuses on some of The Lost Soldiers and a mission some of them have undertaken in the hopes of returning to Earth. The mission success is highly questionable at best. There is a lot of intrigue, interesting interaction between the Lost Soldiers and the indigenous human groups. and some action. There are five more installments in this series, each by a different writer. Obligations will be out next month and the author is Kevin Inkenberry. I am looking forward to this novella.