Title: Traitor (Versatile Layer #6)
Author: Thomas Davis
Captain Jacob Takeda has vanished! When a surprise Arez attack occurs within the colonies, Captain Takeda is suspected in aiding in the vile massacre. Samantha Hawkins has vowed to find her missing comrade and determine the truth for herself. She is aided by her close friend, ace pilot Agatha Park.
Meanwhile, a sinister group of assassins, known only as the Cabal, are conducting their own bloody search for the wayward Captain. It’s a race to determine who reaches him first. Has Jake truly betrayed the Republic or is he being set up to take the fall?
When Jake vanishes after a massacre by the Arez, he is suspected in helping it occur. Samantha is now tasked with finding him and determining what actually happened. Aided by her friend, Agatha, she is thrust into a world of secrets, betrayal, and danger.
I fell in love with the author’s worldbuilding skills and character development a few books back. He has a way of making it really easy to put yourself in the character’s shoes, and I love that. There was so much suspense in this story, and I liked the fresh perspective of the story. Jake was a character I remember fondly from previous books in the series. It’s always interesting to read books where it seems as if the potential hero has turned villain. There were a few great twists in this book, but like before, Jake is still my favorite character.