Before I fell asleep, last night, I finished reading another of the Leary series of space operas written by David Drake, who admitted to me that he's emulating Patrick O'Brian's series of Napoleonic sea stories in this series. This book was called What Distant Deeps, and it was a quick, pleasurable read about brave spacers fighting a pirate queen. Yes, that does sound like a pretty ancient theme for SF, but when you boil it down, that's just what this book was about. However, it's done very well, with interesting characters that have been fleshed out over the series. I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series and work up to this book, but that's up to you guys.