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The Coerced Conflict
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 9, 2015
Sector Justice (2014) is the third SF novel in the Seekers Universe series, following Against Time. The initial volume in this sequence is Dust and Kisses.
In the previous volume, Fisher and Doc had explored two hundred planets. Now they were orbiting a planet that had suffered widespread deaths. Then The Lady was suddenly surrounded by dozens of ships.
The R-12 was a huge ship with a very large landing dock. The Lady was suddenly transferred onboard. Fisher and Doc tested the atmosphere and it was breathable. They left The Lady and looked around.
Benson appeared behind them and welcomed them aboard. He introduced himself and explained the purpose of the fleet. A nearby star had exploded and an electromagnetic pulse had wiped out all life on the surface of the planet. Only a few people had survived underground or in shelters.
Fisher went with Benson to an assembly room. The area was empty at the moment, but would soon be filled with a couple hundred survivors. Benson left him there to watch the survivors appear. Soon the room was full.
Meanwhile, Callie was supervising her students. After three days in the caves, their guide led them back to the entrance. They were greeted by the smell of death.
In this novel, Mattie Silks is an operative of Sector Force Three. She is the best enforcer on the force.
Carson Bernard is an investigator for Sector Force Three. He seems to be able to trace anyone.
Red Simms is a friend of Carson. They had cofounded Innocence Incorporated to protect innocent victims from hunters.
In this story, Mattie is waiting on Bodie Station for Carson. He had been tracking a group that threatened Sector Force Three. He had sent her a message saying that he will meet her at the station.
Mattie finally notices Carson coming toward her. Some stranger is with him acting as his bodyguard. Red notices Mattie and alerts Carson to her presence.
Carson introduces Red to Mattie. He says that some of his investigations had been traces back to him. He had gotten permission to seek protection. He gives her a data stick containing every thing he had learned about the group.
Then the attackers come after them. Mattie tells Carson to get to cover and kills the woman with a baby buggy and a gun. Red shoots the other two attackers.
Carson is dead from a shot to his forehead. Red is shocked by his death. Mattie wonders why the death bothers him.
Rad tells her that Carson and he had know each other since the fifth grade. He is very upset from his death. He accompanies her to their hotel.
Red already has a data stick with the same info. They both read the data and meet for supper at a restaurant on the station. Both are fairly sure that the threat is personal. They have their organizations check for persons who might have a grievance against Sector Force Three.
This tale brings another attempt against their lives. Red learns that their attackers had come to the station on a ship. They ask permission fom the security chief to inspect it.
The ship does not have any booby traps, so they start dumping the computers. They send the data to Innocence Inc. and Sector Force Three. They find a video of the Bodie Station security chief welcoming someone, but they decide that it is a plant.
They soon discover who heads the attackers. The next installment in this sequence is Morning Song.
This story differs from the earlier novels. Both Mattie and Red are violent people when faced by killers. Yet they both have compassion for those compelled to attack them. Naturally, they have little sympathy for the ring leader.
Highly recommended for Smith fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of reluctant attackers, space maneuvers, and a lot of romance. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin