Well, I accidentally got a bit ahead on this series, so I went back to find the one I missed. David Drake's When the Tide Rises continues to deliver on its promises, as do most of the books in the RCN series. There is action, there is political intrigue (based on actually history, this time in South America in the 1800s), there is friendship and marksmanship and skilled professionals and honor and fools and all the fun stuff I like in space opera.
Reading these books backwards highlighted the character development of the main characters. There isn't much, and it's easy to miss, but they are slowly growing and learning about themselves and their friends. Lots of fun, but not the sort of book that haunts your thought afterward. B.