I really enjoyed this book. it's hard to believe this is the authors first novel.i enjoyed the story as a whole, and felt the character devleopment was great for a first novel. it you havent served aboard a coast guard cutter, this is as probably as close as you are going to get.the author nails it as only someone who lived it can. he gives the reader a feel for everything from daily ship board life to narcotics interdiction, and the open and closed door politics that are very much a part of cutter life. all of that being said, the uscg is a major part of this book, but it certainly isnt all of this book. i didnt find a section of the story that dragged, i thought it was very well balanced. i laughed at parts, got nervous during others. is this the best book i have ever read? no, but it is very much worth your time and hard earned money. i cant wait to get my hands on the authors next book. bravo zulu ensign sensor, well done sir.