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Trading In Danger (Vatta's War #1)

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Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, and her father’s only child to buck tradition by choosing a military career instead of joining the family business. For Ky, it’s no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can’t hold a candle to shipping out as an officer aboard an interstellar cruiser. It’s adventure, not comme ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published September 2003 by Orbit (first published 2003)
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May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for space opera. Have been ever since my grandfather gave me a copy of E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Galactic Patrol" to read back when I was 9 years old. Always will be. And "Trading in Danger" is space opera....

I cracked the book shortly before midnight last night and finished it around 4AM. I'm a fast reader, but I'm not that fast. Frankly, there's a fair amount of fluff... lots and lots of details that neither advance the plot nor provide significant additional insight
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, this is a "space opera" type of novel told from the point of view of a young captain on her first voyage as the captain of a merchant vessel. Direct from a shattering disappointment and possible scandal Kylara Vatta takes command of a small, obsolete trading vessel in her wealthy family's fleet. Sent to sell the ship for scrap she has other potentially more profitable ideas.

But then does anything ever go as planned?

Not if you want an exciting novel. It's almost as if someone had said, "wel
Oct 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, american-lit
Military space actiony stuff, which sadly pales in comparison to Lois McMaster Bujold, who (besides stuff like Star Wars, I guess) provided my first exposure to that genre. The problem, I think, is that there are really no (developed, memorable) characters in Trading in Danger besides the protagonist, Kylara Vatta, which means there’s no one for her to bounce off of. It made the whole story seem very narrow. I also found the denouement rather clunky and dull. I wouldn’t be adverse to reading th ...more
Having read a later one in this 5-part space opera series several years back (Vatta’s War), I pursued this one to get at the beginnings of the story on its tough, no-nonsense character, Ky Vatta. She gets unfairly booted out of the space academy and takes on a job in her father’s trading company transporting an old ship on its last shipping run on the way to sale for scrap. On the way, she takes the initiative on an additional shipping contract for agricultural equipment and finds herself strapp ...more
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Weber's 'Honor Harrington' series & the main reason this almost got 3 stars is that it is too close to that. It was a very enjoyable read & well written. The universe is well thought out & the characters well done, but there isn't anything new about any of it. Still, if you want a quick, relaxing read with an excellent heroine, this is a good book to sit down with.

One thing I really liked was that it was very self-contained. Sure, there are other books following, but t
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read, if you wanting mega firefights with fancy out of this world technical jargon with spaceships or battle scenes with fancy weaponry then this not for you.

you want a great character driven storyline, which deals with lifes ups and downs and how people react with those around them and handle what get chucked at us dealing with it all in the best possible way we can.

We do our best.

what dosent kill us makes us a better stronger person to deal with the next thing life brings to
Man, what a fun book. It pairs extremely well with C.J. Cherryh's merchanter novels (which I can't stop talking about, srynotsry), since the titular Vatta Corporation is a hereditary business of traders and transporters -- which involves the tangled web of family and business, the dogged push for the bottom line, rubbing elbows with galactic government and mercenaries.

Their wayward daughter Kylara Vatta is ignobly expelled from a military academy for the mistake of trusting the wrong person, and
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am too busy for life at the moment. But, you know what?

I enjoyed the shit out of this.

Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zabavna spejs opera ali moram da priznam da me malo vec smara da je glavni lik wunderkind u kapetanskoj stolici, savrseno moralan, spreman za teske odluke, itd. Volim Honnor Harrington i Horatio Hornblower-a ali malo se vec pretvara u klise. Mada je i moja greska kada biram takve knjige :P

Sem toga knjiga je dobro napisana i predstavlja finu postavku za nastavak u ovom univerzumu. Dobili smo mali ukus upoznali osnovne igrace i sada spisateljka moze da se razmase. Sem toga nema sta puno da kazem,
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-sf, read_2017
This was my second read of the series, back-to-back all 5 volumes as the successor series (Vatta's Peace first volume Cold Welcome just came out and tempted me on a quick browse) - first read was ~2008 and was similarly back to back all 5 volumes, so I remembered a lot of stuff (also forgot a lot too) and the somewhat less usual structure of the books compared to the usual mil space opera series as there are a lot of commercial/trading details, side stories, switches of pov after the first volum ...more
Lilia Ford

I marathoned through this series and literally couldn't put it down. It's a highly entertaining sci-fi adventure story. Moon does an especially good job with the military aspects, especially the ins and outs of communications during war and the choreography of space battles.

For many reasons the series, especially the first volume, invites comparisons with Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series, which unfortunately spotlights the weaknesses here: the shallowness of the overarching allegory, a genera
Ben Babcock
A very welcome change in pace after reading a couple of historical fiction novels and a non-fiction book about sex! Trading in Danger is strategy-filled space opera. Kylara Vatta, or Ky for short, is a young woman kicked out of military academy for being a little too trusting. Relegated to commanding an obsolete ship that is on its last voyage as part of her family’s massive trading empire, Ky senses the opportunity for profit … and lands smack in the middle of a warzone. Elizabeth Moon brings u ...more
I can tell I'm going to like this series.
Lexxi Kitty
I’m not certain when I first read this series – the date I input for first read was a guesestimate, I knew I’d read the book just not when. Looking at the dates again, I know they are wildly out of alignment with reality considering they imply I read the series out of order. No matter. I know why I started a rereading of the series – the author had ‘restarted’ the series, and/or continued the series under a new name. And I wanted to read that series. But it had this insane initial price so I kep ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was the first book that I have read by this author. I have seen her books on shelves for years and I selected this one to start with. It was a good read. It was not overly complicated in terms of physics, but it had a solidly developed world that clearly had the advantage of the investment of copious amounts of time, energy and thought. Not having read her other works, I do not know if she created this universe for only this series of books or if it something she added to over the years. I ...more
Jack +The Page Runner+
This is one of those books that I always meant to read, back when I was prone to browsing the shelves of the local bookstores for "physical" books. Of course, those days are largely gone now, digital media being much more affordable AND far more convenient with work, wife, and kids. But I never wrote it down as a "buy this" title, and forgot all about it as other books caught my fancy.

Still, I occasionally suffer from a syndrome that afflicts most males, starting in our early formative years. I
Althea Ann
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Caleb M.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I, unfortunately, did not enjoy this book very much. It was a slow trod pretty much the whole way through with nothing to keep me going. The characters weren't bad, but weren't a whole lot of fun either. It is one of the most blah books that I've read in a while. I realize that I'm in the minority here, since it has an average rating of almost 4, but I just couldn't enjoy it. I won't be continuing this series.
Tony Evans
This was a great story although it had less action then I expected. Great writing brings Vatta's character to life and makes the mundane task of being a space truck driver seem exciting. Definitely sets up the next book to be an exciting read.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. Kylara Vatta is a young cadet who makes an error in judgement and is consequently booted out of her planet's military academy. But before she can feel too bad, her father gives her a job to take one of the family's trading ships to the junkyard. (The Vatta's are a very successful trading family.) Along the journey, Kylara decides to set up a contract to deliver farm equipment to a company on a planet located partway to her ship's final destination. Thi ...more
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This book was a pretty average Space Opera. There was nothing earth-shattering about it, but it did feature some things that reminded me of an old "Traveller RPG" campaign. In our universe, someone had built MCI communication ships that helped provide communication between sectors. A similar type arrangement helps propel the plot along the way in this story-- interesting--

Anyway, the story was over several chapters before the book was completed. Moon took a great deal of time and effort in the m
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
4 and 1/2 STARS

Elizabeth Moon is one of the authors I kept promising myself I would read someday, and the reasons I kept procrastinating were both the huge amount of books she’s written (with an embarrassment of riches you often don’t know where to start!) and the fact that, on a cursory examination, her stories seemed focused on military SF, a genre I’ve had some problems with. Military SF generally tends to focus mainly on the technical side of the stories and on the mechanics of space battles
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This kind of is an "if Miles Vorkosigan had been a girl" story--only not. Kylara Vatta isn't as off-the-charts as Miles. She's from merchant-type "royalty"--rich family, but not planetary rulers, and while she got kicked out of the local space academy, and goes off on an adventure to cope, she sticks with the trading stuff. And is mostly sensible.

She gets kicked out, goes home, Dad and brother decide she should take a ship out on a trade mission and to sell it as salvage on the end of the missi
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Conscience was a wonderful thing except at times like this."

An introspective space opera? Believe it. Ky Vatta is a more believable, more enjoyable protagonist than either Honor Harrington or Miles Vorkosigan precisely because she is flawed and has a conscience.

Well plotted and written. All the fast action and trills of the best of space fiction with the added realism that, no matter what our protag does, things seem to get worse.

Plenty of hooks to future stories, but also gave satisfying closu
Jamie Collins
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Abandoned out of boredom about 60 pages in. Moon's prose just doesn't do much for me. I liked The Speed of Dark well enough, but I didn't get very far into her first fantasy novel in the well-beloved Paksenarrion series, either.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Absolutely love the conflicts that drive this narrative. Non-standard. Great protagonist.
Tudor Ciocarlie
I've loved everything thing about this space-opera and its main character.
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vatta Transport Ltd. is one of the most respected shipping and trading companies out of Slotter Key. When the daughter of CFO Gerard Vatta gets caught in the middle of a political upheaval and is kicked out of the Naval Academy, it could spell a PR disaster for the company. As soon as Kylara comes home, confused and upset, her father decides to send her on a simple run to scrap an old ship and get her out of the public eye for the next nine months. Ky doesn’t expect it to be anything more than a ...more
The only daughter of the powerful Gerald Vatta, young Kylara (Ky as she is known to most of her family and friends), dreamed of being the first military officer from her family. That dream is shattered when her good intentions at helping a fellow cadet turn into a public relations nightmare and a political incident. Ky chooses to resign her commission and returns home to her family.

Her father decides it would be best for Ky to be out of contact for a while and gives her command of her own ship.
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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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“If a military life was long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror—as one of her instructors had said—then civilian life seemed to be long periods of boredom interrupted by moments of dismal reflection.” 4 likes
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