"On Basilisk Station" was a delightful story that easily rivals most sci-fi novels on the market. It tells the story of Commander Honor Harrington and the HMS Fearless.
During a humiliating set of war games she infurates her superiors and is exiled with her crew to Baslisk Station - where tradtionally failures are sent. Her commanding offiver there, a self abosorbed aristocrat with a long history of hatred for Honor abandons his post in an attempt to utterly ruin her. Her demoralized crew blames her for their troubles, and it is up to her to salavage her career, gain the trust of her crew, and somehow police an entire system in an ancient light cruiser armed with utterly useless and defective weaponry.
Just as the Fearless arrives at Baslisk, the Republic of Haven initiates its operation to take over Basilisk Station through the years its been understaffed with pocket-liners. The only thing neither smuglers, the officers of Basilisk, or the Republic expected was Honor. Push had come to shove, and Honor intends to show them she pushes harder.
I was truely impressed with this book, and recommend it to science fiction lovers. Though it in no way bears similarities, I found myself comparing Commander Harrington to some of the more interesting Star Trek captains - especially Picard. Perhaps its an odd comparison; but you'll have to read the book to decide for yourself.
Title: On Basilisk Station