Book Review: Veil of Deceit by Judy Lynn (4/5)

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Prisoner 7578359, Commander Jayla Sans, is innocent. Framed by her own godfather and convicted of treason, she’ll spend the rest of her days on the prison spaceship Tarsha—however few she has left. During her last investigation for the military, she found a vast and insidious conspiracy, and now, various factions will kill to acquire or destroy the information in her head. Jayla must protect the truth at costs, even if that means severing ties with her loved ones. But is Jayla truly alone?


This book is a non-stop action-packed sci-fi adventure. From page one, it takes off. Jayla barely has a moment to rest, and neither does the reader.

The story begins with Jayla arriving on a prison vessel (it’s a space ship; we’re talking a prison vessel that’s hanging out in space). It starts with prison gangs and paid-off criminals who are either trying to kill Jayla to keep the information she uncovered quiet or torture her into telling them what she knows and where the intel is. The story that follows is a non-stop action adventure filled with friends and foe. Jayla is in a rush against time and the military officials who may or may not be part of the corruption she uncovered.

Veil of Deceit gets 4 starships out of 5 because of the action-filled story that never slowed, and Jayla’s admirable character.

My only complaint is that I would have liked more world-building. I mean, we’re in frigging space! I know so little of the world structure in this book, and the society that has come of it. I would have liked less running from an unknown enemy and more plot-building in the beginning and early middle to solidify the purpose of the constant running. I knew basically nothing about what Jayla had uncovered or the mysteries she knew; I knew that she had damning intel on high-ranking officials. But regardless of that, I enjoyed this book.

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