A reworking of the story of Jason and the Argonauts' expedition to recover the Golden Fleece: from the author of many military sf outings (The Sharp End, p. 1170, etc.). Drake's main twist on the old yarn is to recast Jason as Lissea, a woman wronged by her Doormann family and the planetary business they run. Her task: to regain a valuable capsule (a teleport device? a matter transmitter?) that vanished half a century ago, along with its inventor, Lissea's great-uncle Lendell; both uncle and capsule were rumored to have turned up on the remote planet Pencahte. Lissea hires a fine shipful of cutthroat mercenaries, chief among whom are ex-Hammer's Slammer Ned Slade, and the adjutant, Tadziki. After various adventures--mythologically inclined readers may amuse themselves by matching Drake's chapters to episodes in the original Argonautica--they arrive on Pencahte to find the capsule guarded by both a hostile planetary ruler and a pair of impregnable alien tanks. And even after the survivors return home, there's still a battle to be fought for control of Doormann enterprises. A well-handled science-fictional retelling, with punchy action and realistic consequences. Should be a hit with the explode-a-mob audience.