Carl Wilkins is an unfortunate man who found himself in this very situation, and I think he was formed in such a way as to be a very sympathetic character. There's plenty of conspiracy, and most of it revolves around SACOM and the mission that Carl is selected to undertake in a space salvage operation. Carl has a reputation of being one of the best in that particular field. At one point close to the beginning of the book in a scene involving SACOM and Carl I found myself shaking my head and thinking “Seriously?” I think it was at that point that I became completely engrossed in the plot of the book, and needed to know where all of this was headed when it appeared that Carl's life had completely fallen apart.
A mysterious man soon approaches Carl with a proposal, and he soon finds himself back in space on yet another mission. I won't say much more about it, but what I will say is that this book has plenty of action, and dialogue that I thought was quite well written, especially Carl's interactions with the AI on the Phoenix.
When I got to the end of this book, I was satisfied with what I had read, and I had a smile on my face, which grew bigger when I found out that Veronica is the first book in a series, and there is already a sequel. My rating is 5/5 platypires.