Book 3 of Space Runners. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones.
For instance, it opens with our heroes ensconced on Alpha Maraudi ships. Thus raising suspicious of their being hostages.
It involves testing what Benny can do with the glove; a child Alpha Maraudi who doesn't want to study when he can study humans in the flesh; failed negotiations; breaking in a server; supplies of soda and other food; questions of whether both races can survive; Tull's backstory; and more.