To quote from the Amazon's description of the first book in the series, "Take the Star Road":
"Nineteen-year-old Steve Maxwell just wants to get his feet on the star road to find a better homeworld. By facing down Lotus Tong thugs, he earns an opportunity to become a spacer apprentice on a merchant spaceship, leaving the corruption and crime of Earth behind. Sure, he needs to prove himself to an older, tight-knit crew, but how bad can it be if he keeps his head down and the decks clean?I wrote briefly about the first book, here. It was a great read, but I'm here to tell you that Ride The Rising Tide is even better.
He never counted on the interstellar trade routes having their own problems, from local wars to plagues of pirates - and the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve's left a word of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead..."
The writing is tight, the descriptions are vivid, personalities are realistic - and even though much of the second novel is about Fleet training and Officer Candidate School, it's a fast-paced, exciting read.
The author is a military man, and the realism taken from his personal experiences shines through on every page. I found myself drawn in, remembering my own U.S. Navy training. It got so real for me that I went from just reading about someone's adventures, to the feeling that I was there, looking over the protagonist's shoulder.
It will keep you riveted until the final page, and wanting more. There's no better praise for an adventure novel than that!