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Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Kiera Markov is a scout platoon leader for a peacekeeping force on the remote planet of Tanara, where little has happened for decades, and the only mission is to keep the lithium flowing up the space elevator to feed the galaxy’s incessant demand. But when an unprecedented attack kills the entirety of the brigade’s leadership, the untested lieutenant suddenly finds herself in command.

Isolated and alone, Markov must contend with rival politicians on both sides of the border, all of whom have suspect motives and reason to take advantage of an untested leader, while an unseen enemy seeks to drive the two sides toward a war that Markov has a mission to prevent. It’s enough to test even a seasoned leader.

 Markov isn’t that.

With challenges from all sides, and even from her own troops, Markov will have to learn quickly and establish her authority. Because what hangs in the balance is not only the future of the peacekeeping force, but of the planet itself.

©2022 Michael Mammay (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Michael Mammay is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a Masters degree in military history, and he is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives with his family in Georgia.

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Another hit from Mammay

Well Mammay has quickly climbed into one of the top spots on my authors to keep track of. After throughly enjoying both his 'planetside' series and 'the misfit soldier' novel I can clearly recognize his talent for writing style, unique plot creation, and character development. I also really appreciate the setting he creates in this book and the ones mentioned above. its obviously set somewhere far in the future when space flight and advanced technology is the norm and there are plenty of colonized planets. I really like how he stays within this same universe hes created without drawing too much attention to it and detracting from the story. He describes things that would be impossible as things are right now but writes about them as if it wasnt anything unusual which helps envelope us readers entirely into the plot and characters. He has a way of getting us fully invested in his characters and genuinely care about what happens to them. Another thing to point out about this book in particular is the semi uniqueness of the storyline. Alot of space operas generally focus around military might and space battles and things of that nature and while this book is centered around a military unit its got more of a mysterious vibe to it where our MC has to figure out the who what where and why ofthe situation and theplot mostly focuses on that aspect of things. Lastly the narration by Cassandra Campbell wasnt bad n any way, she has a very pleasant voice but her range wasnt anything sp3cial in that most of the side characters she voiced sounded almost robotic and the main character sounded a tad too whiney sometimes. I get that there was an inner struggle that sometimes called for that kind of inflection but overall i think it was overdone and had a way of slightly weakening the character in my eyes. Over all she did an alright job though, just not 5 stars. The book as a whole was great an i highly recommend it.

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Incredible Military Thriller

Mammay weaves the characters, politics, and plot elements together perfectly to create a masterpiece. I was so enthralled, I finished this in two days! Major Markov, the main character, is very authentic and relatable. The intense situation and events that unfold are very believable and well paced - you won't be able to stop listening either!

The narrator does a fantastic job as well, though a few times the voices were not differentiated enough to be able to easily distinguish different characters when two females were conversing. Luckily, the writing is remarkably clear and it was never an issue.

Easy 5/5 stars.

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Great insight into the mind of a young officer

This book is another great novel written by Michael Mammay. Something I think that all young people in leadership should read.

The idea of young officer having a greater level of command thrust upon them has been done before, but this novel does such of good job of really going through both the good and the bad of that. It’s not a fairly tail of the young officer that performs like an experienced general. It’s a realistic take on the successes and mistakes. The self doubts of not even being close to experienced to make the correct decisions. The thought processes of learning from those mistakes. And it does this without being a whiny mess of self pity.

I know it’s the title of the book, but it really does help you to understand the “Weight of Command.”

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Another fabulous story from Mammay

I devoured this. With my ears, of course. Full disclosure: I'm always a bit leery of male authors writing female main characters, as I've seen it done poorly too many times. But this was so well-done. Mammay has a knack for capturing the raw, unvarnished inner monologue of his characters in a way that makes them flawed, believable, and utterly relatable, and, as he did with Carl Butler in Planetside, he did with Keira Markov here. I found her a fascinating character and refreshingly three-dimensional.

This story got off to a rollicking start and never slowed down from there. It's amazing how on-point the pacing is and how the tension never slackens. There's always something new happening, and the threads of the storyline are expertly interwoven to arrive at an intense finish. As wish Mammay's other stories, this one is about good people finding themselves in situations that force them to do bad things, and I loved how unflinching and honest the character was about her actions and their consequences. It got me to think deeply, and that's the most I can possibly ask from a story.

Five stars, and I can't wait for more from this author.

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Wouldn’t change a thing.

No one writes like Mammay! The way he does would building is unparalleled and I can’t wait for the next book he writes.

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A firm recommend - time well spent over two days

Ok, you've read the book's fly sheet on Audible, and wondering if this is worth a go? The premise of a junior officer becoming the only officer of a planetary command unit is a probable minefield. Pleasantly surprised - not full of too much exposition, nor never-ending internal monologuing, and with the story blocks moving along nicely. A good listen, either as a stand-alone book, or the beginning of a series if that is the author's plan, However I agree with other reviews that a little more differentiation by the narrator between female characters' voices would help the listening experience if there is a follow-up book.

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Excellent

Mike Mammay is excellent again in this story of a young officer thrown into the deep end when the entire command structure is wiped out. Part detective story, part military sci-fi, part character study as Major Markov comes into her own.

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What do you do when someone lets off a nuke and all your bosses are gone?

This is not a standard shoot ‘em up with space blasters type story. There is some Zap! POW! and blood and gore. However, it is a more nuanced attempt to explore how to deal with an unexpected crisis in a tri-partite situation where not everyone on each side is pulling in the same direction. Definitely worth the listen!