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Command Decision (Vatta's War #4)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  5,594 ratings  ·  123 reviews
With the Vattaâs War series, award-winning author Elizabeth Moon has claimed a place alongside such preeminent writers of military science fiction as David Weber and Lois McMaster Bujold. Now Moon is backâand so is her butt-kicking, take-no-prisoners heroine, Kylara Vatta. Once the black-sheep scion of a prosperous merchant family, Kylara now leads a motley space force ded ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2007)
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When I picked up the first of the Kylara Vatta series at B&N, the clerk told me that he thought this series was vastly inferior to Moon's previous work. Needing an 'escapist' read, I ignored him and was glad I did.

I enjoyed this 5-book series much more than in previous Moon novels. They are a bit unrealistic/genius types, but it's a fun space opery read, following multiple characters/strands separately and then deftly weaving the stories back together.
I finally got hold of this book, and, thus, have finished reading the Vatta's War book. I must TAKE EXCEPTION with others in the "Good Readers" sphere who grow impatient with Ky's moral struggles about killing. These are struggles that virtually every one who's ever served in the military find very real, and continually worrying about them keeps them human, and moral. Impatience with this aspect of Ky's character comes from a lack of awareness of a certain, necessary part of the milatry mindset. ...more
Another good read. The universe didn't get any more complex & the story line continued quite logically, except for the 'hidden' person I mentioned in my last review. I found the reasons for that & the character's reasoning behind it to be weak. It wasn't the person I suspected, either.

Again, the book has plenty of action & good characters. Well worth the few hours it takes to read.
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit.

Command Decision is the fourth installment in Elizabeth Moon’s VATTA’S WAR series. Things are starting to look up for Kylara Vatta, her cousin Stella, and their Aunt Grace. Ky, who has proven herself a skilled military commander and is gaining respect, still has to deal with a lot of bureaucratic silliness, but she sees more action in this book. Stella has (thankfully) rebounded from her pity party and is now the capable CEO of
Once again Moon proves with this book that she is a leading light in the Sci-Fi genre. She has left me both excited beyond imagining for the next book, but, at the same time, petrified to read it and thus end my relationship with Ky, Rafe, Stella and Aunt Grace. I mean, this is one of those books which you hold up as the archetype of an amazing novel - irrelevant of genre. Amazing, and easily worth the Five Stars.

The plot built and built so well, going from one strength to the next, never givin
(2.5 of 5 stars)

It's taken me longer than usual to finish this one - I lost a few weeks' momentum to the combined effects of finally landing a new job (HALLELUJAH! AT LAST!), the predictable last-minute freakout at the old job (sigh), and then the frantic packing and moving and starting of the new job (in hindsight, I probably should have taken some time off in between). But! The worst is over now, and I'm trying to find time for reading again in the new schedule.

So - Command Decision. I realize
Good story. Moon successfully expands the cast and scope of her space opera while keeping it intensely personal to her characters.

Like all books of this type, best read in order.

A good read.
This is the 4th in the Kylara Vatta space opera series, and I find myself enjoying the books more and more. Ky has collected some allies in her fight against the organized pirates who killed much of her family and attacked communication systems in the galaxy. Stella (Ky's cousin) is rebuilding the Vatta shipping company. Rafe (scion of the communication company) travels to his home planet to find out why the ansibles (communication hubs) have not been repaired and uncovers treachery. Aunt Grace ...more
After thoroughly enjoying Aunt Grace's sections in the last book, I was more than ready to read more of her. However, even though there are sections starring Grace, the main stars in this novel were Ky and Rafe. Stella and Toby play a large part also, but the novel seems to focus on Ky and her expanding fleet and allies and Rafe.

Rafe has grown concerned at the lack of communications from his family. Though he's been a bit of a black sheep, distanced from his father they had been keeping in touch
Benjamin Thomas
The fourth book in Elizabeth Moon's "Vatta's War" series is an excellent read. This series is, essentially, a single novel broken into five parts so make sure you read them in order. Each book has its own beginning, middle, and end related to the scope of that individual book, however the main plot line encompasses all of the books. So now that we're in the fourth of five books, we expect the overall plot to step up a notch and lead us into the climax of the series in book five.

And we're not di
If you have started the Vatta's war series, you're going to want to read this, but I found it disappointing compared to the others. As characters and plot lines multiply, characterization and focus suffer badly. Character development for the heroes has virtually stalled. The amount of required suspension of disbelief, on the other hand, has continued to increase. The oddly compelling legalistic mercantile details that once charmed me have mostly vanished. It simply doesn't feel as though the aut ...more
Katie Bee
A typical "Vatta's War" book. I've gone into detail on other reviews; on this one I'll just say that the POV is divided in three main sections (Ky, Stella, and Rafe), with some additional Aunt Grace. Those sections work variably well; I was less interested in Rafe's quest to rescue his family and regain control of ISC than I was in Ky's building an anti-pirate league, for example.

Stella continues to grow on me. She's a flawed character and can be frustrating, but she seems a bit more human than
Katy M
#4 and still going strong.

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
I had things to do today and now it's tonight and I've finished the book I was only going to start a few hours ago. I ate and drank, not sure what, but that's it because I couldn't stop reading even while eating.
Well written, by an author who knows her stuff. Having read most of her Paksworld books I already knew she's an excellent author; seamlessly blending believable world building, finely drawn characters and rich dialogue with a m
Pedro Silva
I really struggled with a rating for this book.
In some ways, it's the best installment of the series, which is still a solid four stars quality, but in other aspects, it has severe flaws that drag it down some.

Vatta's War stands out more clearly with each installment as a franchise that "does one thing really well"

Moon crafts very well social and economical systems that feel solid and explorable, weaving political environments at the same level Sanderson writes magic.
Most people won't appreciate
Kater Cheek
One of the things I like about this series is the way Ky's maturity and power grow with each novel. With her successful encounters, she gains experience and levels up, so to speak. I like that she's a competent and respected hero. But sometimes, it goes a little too far. How small is this universe where she happens to run into people she knows (who know her) all the time? How small is this universe where a multinational corporation's CEO can appoint his inexperienced son as interim CEO and the s ...more
Althea Ann
Vatta's War series
1 Trading in Danger
2 Marque and Reprisal
3 Engaging the Enemy
4 Command Decision
5 Victory Conditions

These 5 books are not so much a series as one long novel - there's one story arc, and you really need to read all five to get to the (satisfying) conclusion. (I somehow had the misapprehension that there were only 4 in the series - luckily the public library came through and got me #5 expediently!)
Due to a misjudgement, Kylara Vatta, scion of an interstellar shipping business,
If you wanted all of the Vatta series to be primarily from Kylara’s point of view, Command Decision is going to sorely disappoint you. Sure, as the title implies, there are plenty of action sequences where Kylara puts her academy training and newfound command persona to good use, but this book is about Rafe and Stella. Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t about Rafe and Stella as a couple (though that might happen in a future book). It’s about Rafe and Stella as individuals, finding themselves and learn ...more
Got worst. It was better and then our emotionless characters got even less psychologically developed and those that Moon tried to soften up...hmmm well it was so obvious and awkward. Why is she making characters that have an emotional reaction seam brainless, useless and pitiful? Rafe's homecoming story is just bad and absurd. It's like "All my children". I know the never-ending soap has lots of fans, but really: the bad apple comes home and turns out to be absolutely fantastic and will fix all ...more
One book left, and this series is really gelling into a good and fun read. A bit closer to 3.5 than 3 stars, but it is still rather dry in spots. As in the rest of the series, though the main characters are really good the people that they interact with are still quite wooden. A lot of the world and society is still in shadows. One part in particular that stood out for me was when Ky picked up some new ships when they stopped at the modified human (humod) colony. They had rescued a ship with a h ...more
Feb 16, 2015 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of science fiction, military fiction, and especially military SF
Another satisfying chapter in a very good series. This goes well beyond the space opera suggested by a glance at the covers and blurbs; the characters are well developed, the story world is complicated and well-thought-out, and the plotting both depends on the science and technology involved and is reminiscent in some ways of the politics and problems of the 16th and 17th centuries in terms of countries, navies, trade, and piracy.
Elizabeth Moon's military background shows. As a retired Marine m
Genre: Military Science Fiction/Space Opera

This book had more issues for me then the others; mainly, Rafe spends most of the book on a civilized world, and yet he doesn’t worry about the police or getting sued when he threatens people (gun-point conversations are not uncommon in this novel…). I don’t have a problem swallowing the behavior in space, where there is no police. I don’t have a problem swallowing it in locations where he’s had time to come to an understanding with local authorities. B
Ky has begun building a new fleet to counter the elusive pirates that murdered her family and continue to wreak havoc by destroying system ansibles and taking entire planets hostage. Her initial plan: build some kind of galactic defense force capable of wielding the weight of entire systems with governments supporting her endeavors against the pirates. In reality, she has three ships and not all of them are up to spec, let alone intended for war. Her small fleet is leaking money and few governme ...more
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Command Decision is the fourth installment in Elizabeth Moon’s VATTA’S WAR series. Things are starting to look up for Kylara Vatta, her cousin Stella, and their Aunt Grace. Ky, who has proven herself a skilled military commander and is gaining respect, still has to deal with a lot of bureaucratic silliness, but she sees more action in this book. Stella has (thankfully) rebounded from her pity party and is now the capable CEO of Vatta Enterprises. Young Toby turns out to be a genius with the on-b ...more
James Kemp
I read this very quickly. It was a great continuation of the series and managed to have a few twists in it as well as some usual predictable pieces too, which is good because it made it satisfying as a story. I like that there is a wide range of aspects to the series. More than just a series of space battles and shipboard routine. There are legal elements, corporate governance, organised crime and government. On top of all of that there is a good layer of human interaction and emotion from some ...more
Martina the Book Fairy
This is the 4th book in the Vatta's War series. For series overview and list of recommended similar series, please see my review on Trading in Danger, Vatta's War, Book 1.

Command Decision picks up where book 3, Engaging the Enemy left off. Ky now leads a small & motley space force dedicated to the defeat of the mysterious pirate empire responsible for killing her family and so many of the other suddenly numerous things going wrong in space. Now Ky needs allies and fast! New treachery unfolds
William Bentrim
Command Decision By Elizabeth Moon

Kylara Vatta returns in another heart pounding adventure. This book expands on the characters Rafe, Aunt Grace and Toby. Kylara’s desire to form an alliance to battle the pirates who murdered her family is fraught with peril. Rafe discovers emotions he thought were lost forever and Toby exhibits previously unsuspected talents.

Moon has the enviable ability to elicit strong emotions for her characters. She paints human beings, not cardboard cutouts. The character
Beth Cato
This is book four in the Vatta's War series.[return][return]Ky Vatta now has the beginnings of a fleet to fight against the space pirates responsible for the death of her family. However, she's knows it's not enough--especially with her fleet low on funds and ammunition. Meanwhile, Rafe travels to his homework and discovers his own family in peril. The pirates haven't merely taken over the galaxy by force--they have infiltrated high level governments in various systems, including the Rafe's fami ...more
I liked books one and two in this series (skipped number three), but 90 pages into this book, I had to put it down due to lazy stereotypes. The boo-hiss villains, teenage boy genius, and describing an engineer as "Typical tech, that, striding along with head down, concentrating on anything but her surroundings."

The cartoonish villains allow us to cheer Ky on as she starts blowing holes in their space station, sparing only a moment to shrug off any innocents that may have been harmed. The boy ge
Angela James
I liked how this one started, in Rafe's POV, and enjoyed this book more than I did the third book. I also appreciated that Stella, Grace and Rafe finally got more page time as fully realized primary characters rather than second-rate secondary characters. In fact, I enjoyed their subplots more than I did Ky's, as I feel Ky's has been moving somewhat slowly, without any real edgy conflict. Fighting multiple space battles doesn't really work for me as driving conflict and the other conflict for he ...more
Here's what I like about Elizabeth Moon: she doesn't write men, she doesn't write women; she writes people. People are complicated and multi-faceted, and so are her characters. Also, she writes older people, damaged people, people who develop and change over the course of a book or three. All of those things are a recipe for a book I'm going to like.

She's also not afraid to write about how soldiers, or people in battles, can carry that emotionally for quite a while.

I found that I quite enjoyed
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie
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Other Books in the Series

Vatta's War (5 books)
  • Trading in Danger (Vatta's War, #1)
  • Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War, #2)
  • Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3)
  • Victory Conditions (Vatta's War, #5)

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