Feintuch, David. Challenger’s Hope.

NY: Warner Aspect, 1995.

This is the second volume of the “Seafort Saga,” featuring young Commander Nick Seafort of the UN Naval Service in the late 22nd century, and it’s natural to compare it with the first volume, in which an eighteen-year-old midshipmen suddenly finds himself in command of — and responsible for — a passenger-carrying warship. Nick triumphed over a long list of a wide variety of adversities on that first voyage, even while developing a pretty low opinion of his own abilities.

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Russell, Alan. Burning Man.

Las Vegas: Thomas & Mercer, 2012.0

Russell is the author of a large number of thrillers of one sort or another but I confess he’s new to me. Michael Gideon is a Los Angeles K9 cop who, with his German shepherd partner, Sirius, tracks a serial killer through a canyon firestorm and captures him, but is badly burned in the process. And that’s just the prologue.

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