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Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: in, 2010, science, fiction, serrano, series

After a break, I'm continuing with the Serrano Legacy series by Elizabeth Moon. The first three books on Heris Serrano--though good--were a bit of a disappointment. I was pleased to find this book, continuing the series with a bit character from WINNING COLORS, was much better and more scifi opera in the style of her later Vatta's War series.[return][return]Esmay Suiza didn't intend to be a hero. But when her spaceship was captained by a traitor, she and others rose in mutiny. Esmay ended up as captain, making a decisive victory against incredible odds. However, in the aftermath, no one knows how the no-ambition ensign did it; Esmay herself is befuddled. When reassigned to a new ship, trouble finds her yet again, and this time Esmay must confront her deepest fears in order to stay alive--and mentally sound.[return][return]Elizabeth Moon writes great science fiction. Esmay is a complicated character. Like Heris Serrano, she's extremely stoic, but Esmay has her reasons--and it's interesting how the reader discovers those reasons along with her. At times, the psychological aspects did seem to drag on too long, but the rest of the book relied on constant action and suspense. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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