Engaging the Enemy
Some of you may know that Elizabeth Moon wrote one of my all time favorite series including a trilogy I think of as one novel. So I hate that I've never been able to like her space operas. I mean I've tried and the first in this series was pretty good but I just haven't been able to get involved.
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The amount of detail in the book continues to be amazing, and those details continue to make the world of Vatta feel very real. It was particularly funny as Ky and Raf read through one planet’s written rules for fornication.
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
Moon's tried and true plot device of "Everything I done and not done has [given us trouble]" is getting long of tooth. Similarly everyone continually having concerns but delaying communicating them with others is getting too obvious as a plot device, too.
That said, the quality of Moon's storyt ...more
2) I'm in the middle of the last boo ...more
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Ultimately: This one's probably 2.5 stars, in ways that Kara's review touches on nicely. As always, I actually really like the possibly-banal details of interstellar trading, managing profits, vetting new recruits, putting together a new crew. I forever love the logistics of space opera and military sci fi! I love it!! Ky trying to figure out what her next steps are, ...more
The story resumes straight from the point it had left off in Marque and Reprisal, making me realize that this is not exactly a series, but rather ...more
Like the first two installments of the series, Engaging The Enemy (Book 3 of Vatta’s War) is a fun diversion — which is the entire reason I read science fiction. While it wasn’t as action-packed as the second book, and didn’t focus on character development as either of the first two, there is still plenty of ground covered.
Kylara Vatta remains a character who I can at least partly identify with, realistic with her self-doubts and ability to overcome them.
This is also the first of the three books...more
There's not a lot of fighting in this book, but plenty of talking.
Ky moves around; her decisions (or perhaps her decisiveness) cause conflict. Stella wanders after her and smooths feathers. It's easy to understand Stella's frustration.
The pacing of this book is well enough. Ky's idea of an interstellar force gains traction, and Stella takes charge of reforming Vatta Transport. I did like that Ky was being more proactive here.
The characters still have me hooked though; I'll grab the next one soon.
“I do not intend survival. I intend victory.”
Engaging the Enemy is the third book in Elizabeth Moon’s VATTA’S WAR saga. Young captain Kylara Vatta, her beautiful cousin Stella Vatta, and their elderly Aunt Grace continue their quest for revenge on the people who destroyed the Vatta shipping empire and most of the Vatta family. They are just beginning to realize the extent of the vast conspiracy which brought the Vattas down — it invol ...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
This was an extremely addictive read. It continues the story of Ky Vatta, her cousin Stella, and her aunt Grace in their three-pronged attack on their attackers. It’s still not clear that we know everyone who was working against them. However, Ky focuses on trying to counter the military threat that organized space pirates presents. Stella continues to worry about the family’s business concerns while Grace attempts to address the government collusion th ...more
I liked this third book in the Vatta's War series at least as much as the first, Trading in Danger. The pace is more consistent than in the second book (Marque and Reprisal). I continue to enjoy the character of Kylara Vatta, as I usually enjoy characters more resourceful than I am. It's a great pleasure to watch Kylara discover and cope with her own personality, complexities and capabilities.
This book also features a particularly interesting planetary culture, where etiquette plays an unusual r ...more
And all the other weaknesses I've noted in reviews of the earlier books of the series are still present. Of course ...more
She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie ...more