Hunting Party
Elizabeth Moon
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Hunting Party (The Serrano Legacy #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,145 ratings  ·  92 reviews
After she is forced to resign her post in disgrace, Herris Serrano takes a job as "captain" of an interstellar luxury yacht and finds herself fighting a bunch of cutthroats, smugglers, and others.
Published (first published January 1st 1993)
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I was re-reading the Esmay Suiza books from this series/setting (which start with Once a Hero), and suddenly I got the urge to read the first trilogy, which starts here. So. First, a cosmetic complaint: Heris is described as dark enough that it's not as obvious when she blushes. On the covers of the US editions, she's depicted as Caucasian; on this UK edition she's depicted as a very very very pale blonde. Paler than me, and when I was born I was so pale the doctor thought I must be anemic. (I'm...more
Allan Caplan
I feel like I'm walking backwards through Elizabeth Moon's universe. I started with the Vatta series, then read Suiza. I finally got my hands on the Serrano books and was left more than a little underwhelmed.

I think if it was an author other than Moon I may have given less stars.

Hunting Party starts rather raggedly. I kept looking to see if I missed a book about Serrano. The way she is dumped into the book felt like there was already a book about her past with the R.S.S.. But, alas there isn't....more
Crystal Starr Light
Otherwise known as: Fox hunting and horseback riding in space
Another capture from a scout to a used bookstore, I discovered Elizabeth Moon and was intrigued by the woman wielding a weapon on the front cover.
Captain Heris Serrano used to be an officer in the Regular Space Service--that is until she was forced to resign. Now the captain of Sweet Delight, the private space yacht of Lady Cecelia, Heris must deal with things she never expected: a badly disorganized ship, a seedy crew, a very ignorant...more
Celia Powell
Elizabeth Moon writes such fun books. Tightly plotted, exciting, excellent characters - I loved Heris Serrano, the middle-aged heroine of Shooting Party (fox hunting in space! No examination of the ethics behind fox hunting, which I found disappointing). Heris has a lot of history, and we're gradually introduced to it as we get to know her. Resigned from the military, she takes a position as captain of a rich woman's "yacht" (spaceship), and we go from there, covering smuggling, horse riding, hu...more
I picked this book up as it sounded like it could be an interesting read, but I found it rather boring.

The actual action only starts in the second half of the book and is over much too soon, after which there's still a lot of the book left where there's lots of non-action again. There's also a sudden love interest thrown in after everything is solved to give the book a happy end, while so easily this love interest could have been mentioned earlier in the book. As for lead character Heris: there...more
Elizabeth Moon is one of my favorite authors, and at first this was not one of my favorite books. I actually read the books about Esmay Suiza first and I was hoping there would be more of her in these books... there's not. Hunting Party has much more to do with politics, socialites, and an intriguing interweaving of conspiracy. At first I was disappointed, as I was hoping for more Space Fleet Action, but the more I got into the book the more fascinated I was by the complexities of the characters...more
Geoffrey Cubbage
I don't like to knock genre fiction books too hard for being what they are. "Hunting Party" is unapologetic space opera (and it really puts the "opera" into the equation with a high-society-and-military cast and a long-lost lover appearing suddenly in the second act) -- and that may be just what some people are looking for. But at the end of the day it's a long string of "look at how this universe works" scenes tied together by a couple of cookie-cutter heroes and a completely undeveloped villai...more
Jeffery E Doherty
Elizabeth Moon has to be one of my all time favourite science fiction writers. The Serrano books are epic military sci-fi stories but Moon throws in unexpected characters in lead roles. For example having a stubborn old lady who's passion in life is show jumping horses as a lead is strange for the genre but it works. The Serrano books deal with a government ruled by a bunch of uber rich families who are utilising life extending drug treatments. The stories delve into the politics of the Familiar...more
The good: a quick, fun read. If you like Space Opera you're going to already have an idea of what happens.... a disgraced officer on the outs with the military gets a new job yet still winds up solving mysteries involving her beloved military unit. If you like quirky secondary and tertiary characters, grumpy old ladies who are more than what they seem, and well-plotted mysteries, you'll love it.

The bad: do publishers ever read the books? Is there some law against making the character on the cov...more
I recall liking this whole series, and that it maintained a very even quality level the whole time. It's quick, almost "bubblegum" scifi, but I liked it. I can't recall anything special about this entry. It was ages ago I read this, but if you like previous entries, this is sure to be "more of the same". Good or bad, that's up to you.
It just seems as if the author was trying to write two books at the same time here--one a space opera along the lines of David Weber's On Basilisk Station, the other a book about [I]grand dames[/I] and high-class amusements. As a consequence, neither succeeded very well. Elizabeth Moon needed to pick a single plot type and stick with it. Jane Austen and David Weber just don't blend all that well, in my opinion.
Coming from Trading in Danger to this was a step down in some ways. Both books have great writing with lots of detail. World building for days. At first I found myself reading every single detail, wondering when it would come back into play later, but I quickly realized that like with Vatta's story, a lot of it is just fluff.

I enjoyed the book but it took a while for the story to feel like it had finally started. In fact, I think I was 2/3's through it before we got to the conflict of the novel...more
Scott Wozniak
This is a story of a tough, talented spaceship captain who is blackmailed to resign and ends up working for an eccentric wealthy woman. Her new boss takes them a re-creation of ancient fox hunting. They dress old style and they hunt old style.

Of course, her blackmailer just happens to end up on the same planet illegally hunting criminals for sport and she gets involved.

The prose was solidly executed. But this being a space novel was a total waste of time. This author didn't even use any new te...more
One of Moon's earlier scifi novels. Not her best, but populated with a lot of well-drawn characters in a somewhat forced mix of spaceships with fox hunts. Moon's gift for focusing on details is on full display. The storytelling occasionally lets the story down: the initial exposition and character introductions are choppy, and it took way too long for me to properly visualize all the supporting character; and the point-of-view wanders sloppily in a few scenes.
I like to think of Elizabeth Moons Sci-Fi as the Conservative Rich people in space. It's pretty good fun, but shockingly weak on the pushing the boundaries type stuff. Last time it was polygamy, this time it's homosexual relationships - while they're not handled badly, it's not exactly ground breaking stuff.

Anyway, plenty of bang zap aimlessly running round to keep me entertained.
This is a rather amusing space opera (sans romance) that manages to mix spaceships and family politics with ..... fox hunting. And it works. (As long as you don't mind there being the Good Guys/Gals and the Bad Guys/Gals. Although there are some people who get redeemed and nobody is portrayed as perfect.) I've read this book several times, so clearly I enjoy this formula.
Contents of this book:

2% OMG rich people
3% She's really though because Spacy Navy
5% Boring plot
10% Fancy food
80% Horses!

Summary (with minor spoilers)

Ex Space Navy captain bonds with eccentric woman who has her own space yacht for no good reason. They end up transporting 4 spoiled rich kids that have no character development making them hard to tell apart. There is much talk about horses and fox hunting. Then the rich kids end up being hunted themselves together with some of the captain's old Spa...more
This was such fun. Space opera fun! With horses! And it is full of awesome, well drawn, strong female characters. It passes the Bechdel test, well and truly.

Interesting characters, intriguing female friendships, and very well paced. I'm looking forward to rest of this series.
This was the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time! Going Postal was fun, and funny, but Hunting Party, while not as comical, was a great adventure with decent writing and interesting, likable characters. Total mind candy.
It was lucky I didn't read this one first... bit of a mish mash plot wise, but introduces the characters that grow through the rest of the series. Not a patch on Paksenarrion though.
Lots of fun. I liked all of the characters, especially the protagonist, and they had depth and grew. The story line was a bit choppy, but I didn't really care.
Fun and entertaining book. Not generally the sci-fi I like, but as an adventure story (with horse riding, fox hunting and space-yachting).
Brittany jerger
This was a good read. I always like reading about strong female characters, and Elizabeth Moon's writing always keeps me interested.
There's a lot of things I like about this book: the well fleshed out universe, worlds, and social life; the strong female characters and diverse ethnicities; the themes of growth (even for the oldest characters) and how you can continually choose to be good and moral (not to mention the scheming & danger & adventure & horses in space!). But with both this and the Paks books, I find it really hard to connect to the POV characters. I feel Serrano isn't so much a person as a personified...more
Smith Joy
Hunting Party is a keeper. I read it years ago and still have it in my library. I like the way Herris has to adapt to her new life on a space yacht and deal with her employer and the problems and mysteries that she has to deal with on a neglected ship. (There's more to a ship than how pretty it is.) The spoiled passengers complicate life too, but they're interesting and add to the plot with its danger and suspense and unexpected meetings...

There are two good sequels: Sporting Chance and Winning...more
Christine Ricci
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Elizabeth Moon nous est présentée par l’éditeur comme une auteure à la vie passionnante et aventureuse : conseillère municipale, diplômée en Biologie et en Histoire, s’engage dans les Marines en pleine guerre du Vietnâm : on s’attend donc à une romancière désireuse de partager ses diverses expériences de vie. Elizabeth Moon officie principalement dans la science-fiction et les grandes épopées spatiales, elle a notamment gagné le prestigieux prix Nebula en 2003.
Heris Serrano, issue d’une lignée d...more
I think I read "The Hunting Party" a long time ago but just forgot. As I read this time, I kept seeing in my mind what would come next, as if I already knew. It was still a good read and I enjoyed it. A lot of the book is dialogue and interactions between the characters which the author does well. I didn't get bored.

The story: Captain Heris Serrano has resigned her commission in the space navy in disgrace and has taken on a job captaining a yacht for a rich old lady, but this old lady, Lady Cece...more
Robert Mckay
No one is better at space opera than Elizabeth Moon. And she can turn a phrase, too – I don’t believe I’ve ever come across a better capsule description of a character than "the odious George." I’ve read this story, which is the first installment of the Familias Regnant series, and indeed the whole series, multiple times, and I love it. In this book Heris Serrano, who has resigned her commission in the Regular Space Service, is taking up her new duties as captain of the yacht Sweet Delight, owne...more
God, I forgot how much I loved this book! I read it as an adolescent, and recently rediscovered it, and am super glad I did. (The themes aren't juvenile really, i just happened to be an advanced reader with reasonably openminded parents.) For having been written in the early 90s, the world is pretty damn progressive, and . . . I dunno, it's delightful. Also, despite the fact that Heris is pictured as, ya know, white on every cover ever, since I can blush and it shows while she can't, I'm pretty...more
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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.

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