Trading in Danger
Ky Vatta is a highly promising military cadet with a great future ahead of her, until an apparently insignificant act of kindness makes her the focus of the Academy's wrath. She is forced to resign, her dreams shattered.
For the child of a rich trading family, this should mean disgrace on a grand scale. And yet, to her surprise, Ky is offered the captaincy of a ship headed...more
It is obvious there is potential for romance, but no romance. I've read the series and it is clear that the author is promoting an unrequited love story that begins as a pining love for a young man, Hal, who is revealed to the reader as only a name at first. Ky is a female cadet with a reputation for picking up lost puppies. She is fighting this reputation, but it is a running joke. (It is a minor part of the story, but consistent throughout the series.)
Violence is part of the series. It is a war, after all. Violence is described, the smells, the rush, the dreams.
The S-word is used once. Otherwise, any vulgar language is properly disguised in vague euphemisms that require some thinking. (less)
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 ...more
But then does anything ever go as planned?
Not if you want an exciting novel. It's almost as if someone had said, "wel ...more
There is though, lots and lots of time spent building a believable universe, with believable characters that are individually crafted, and lots of time spend on action. The action is very personal; the spacecraft and futuristic weaponry take backseats to the motivations, hopes ...more
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 ...more
Their wayward daughter Kylara Vatta is ignobly expelled from a military academy for the mistake of trusting the wrong person, and ...more
I thought I'd signed up for a space opera with a swashbuckling female captain, pesky pirates and strange aliens. Instead, I got level headed Ky who has a head for business and military training and a peek at a some complicated galactic corporate politics. There were no romantic distractions, no over the top heroics, just pure pragmatism and creative problem solving in a very unlucky and dicey situation. It ma ...more
Oh - PS - don't be taken in by the comparisons of this series to the Vorkosigan books. The world building, the characters and the charm of Bujold's series are in no way comparable to this series.
One thing I really liked was that it was very self-contained. Sure, there are other books following, but this one come ...more
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 ...more
Kylara Vatta is a scion of a wealthy space merchant family. She tried to take another part and become military, but due to her bleeding heart (and/or unfavorable circumstances), she was blamed for problems another person (with her help) caused the Academy and was speedily pressed to resign. To take her out of prying eyes of media, her family sends her on a mission: captain the derelict trading ship to a system far away to scra ...more
Still, I occasionally suffer from a syndrome that afflicts most males, starting in our early formative years. I ...more
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 ...more
However, Ms. Moon’s Vatta’s War series is one that I have tried before – more than once - and not finished. There’s a number of ...more
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She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie ...more