Marque and Reprisal
The exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground–but Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the com ...more
Another plot point is "what do we do with this letter of marque and reprisal?"
A letter of marque authorizes private armies (brigands) or private navies (pirates or privateers) to attack the enemies of the nation issuing the letter. It is official piracy with the issuing nation getting a cut of the take. It is a way to build up a national military without having to build an actual navy or standing army. It's cheap and sometimes profitable, but often lacking in the quality of mercy. It is also difficult to keep privateering and piracy separate. The captain may understand the difference but the crew may not and the captain is often under threat from the crew to pirate less selectively.
FYI, Queen Elizabeth the First (16th century) issued letters of marque and reprisal because the British navy was at war with Spain and could not be everywhere it needed to be to protect its interests.(less)
Nothing deep, just a fun, fast read.
My only real complaint is Ky's cousin. Who is a selfish bitch.
Well book one could have been a standalone but I am extremely glad it wasn't! The second book quickly brings about a major, surprising change for the main character, Ky Vatta, and her family. It was mind-boggling but brilliant. It ...more
Anyone who's read many of my reviews or been in a "fantasy" group where I'm a member will probably know that Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion books are some of my "all time favorite" reads. I like most everything I've read by Ms. Moon. For all I know this is a very good novel...
So, why oh why did they get one of the poorest readers I've ever heard to read the audio versions of the bo ...more
And boy, but this book is explosive. Mysterious enemies start targeting and systematically dismantling the Vatta trading empire, and so Ky is left at loose ends with her clunker of a shi ...more
I am straight on to the next one after finishing this, with literally a minute between them ,
The palette of "real" characters (as opposed to transparent props) has expanded a little, but the new faces don't have serious pyschological depth. Perhaps even more serious, deus ex machina is reaching ridiculous proportions: in a civilization spannin ...more
As with Book #1, “Marque and Reprisal” manages to highlight very believable people as individuals, even while adventure and conspirac ...more
I was surprised that Ky did something so stupid in this story and against good advice from all sides.
Her enjoyment of killing seems to be increasing -- thankfully they are people that really deserve it. Maybe she ...more
Not bad, although the final reveal didn't do much for me.
We get a little bit of the opposing viewpoint near the beginning, but nothing after that, so it's still too early to know what exactly the plan is. However, there's a feel that they might be a bit incompetent for how competent they're acting.
Part of the setup is InterStellar Communications has an enforced monopoly on... communications. You can travel from sys ...more
I found the second book to be as engaging as the first, if not a little slow to start as we watch the crisis unfold and Kylara stocking up with weapons and supplies. I did notice a trend that anyone in an authority position automatically assume the worst and try to add to Kylara's problems. Once or twice, I could see, but every time?
There is something about Moon's dialog that still seems "off" to me. Again the impression of an a ...more
I'm not sure yet where her loyalties lie exactly, I'm sure that she's working for Vatta - as a family and as a corporation. I'll be interested in finding out where she's going, especially not with the way tha ...more
But this book is more like an expanded chapter or short story, than a stand-alone novel. Ky meets new people--some of whom she befriends, some she kills--and stumbles through the remains of her disintegrating universe.
I prefer this series over even the Ho ...more
The conflict in the first book really didn’t seem to require the use of the t ...more
Call it a 4.5 — there is very little to dislike about this book. One thing: it’s not a standalone sequel (which I understand can be difficult to do). It definitely requires having first read Trading In Danger. Another: there is at least one spot in which the author forgets to follow up on something — for example, Ky says she’s about to talk to police about some missing cargo, but then she immediately undocks her ship and flies away.
Aside from these two very minor complaints, Marque And Reprisal...more
A note about the audio version. There is supposed to be a full cast production for this series that's excellent. Unfortunately, that isn't what my library offers. The narrator Cynthia Holloway sounds wonderful when I listen to samples of her work i ...more
She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie ...more