Ky is determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her family's name, but she needs not only firepower but information. And she gets both in spades - from the band of stranded mercenaries she hooks up with; from her black-sheep cousin, Stella, who has been leading a secret life; and from Stella's roguish ex-lover, Rafe. Together they struggle to penetrate the tangled web of political intrigue that is wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, on whose effective operation their own livelihoods - and perhaps lives - depend.
But the infighting proves to be infectious, and it isn't long before Ky's hired military muscle are turning their suspicions on the enigmatic Rafe, whose wealth of knowledge about ISC's clashing factions and startling new technologies has begun to make him smell like a rat...or a mole. With swift, violent destruction a very real possibility, the last thing Ky needs is a crew divided against itself - and she's prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Vatta stays in business, as well as in one piece.
What she is not prepared for is the shocking truth behind the terror - and a confrontation with murderous treachery from a source as unexpected as it is unrelenting.
©2004 Elizabeth Moon; (P)2008 Tantor
"Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences: swift, jolting, confusing, and merciless. Equally significant, Moon doesn't neglect violence's aftermath." (Kirkus Starred Review)
I love Elizabeth Moon but I intend to never purchase a book read by Cynthia Holloway again.
This means I won't be listening to the rest of the Vatta's War series. I will look for the books in a print format.
The hand to hand combat in space.
Some people perform a book, enhancing the material. Cynthia simply read it aloud. Very little differentation of character voices and common words mispronouced.
The universe in this series is similar to that of the Liaden Space series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, but although less attention is paid to exploring the universe's culture, the characters are somewhat better developed. There are also similarities to the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, but the lead character is more human and all the supporting characters don't get killed off.
The narrator is distracting. Most characters speak in the same voice, which has an odd cadence and comes across as slightly robotic, like the voice on the trains you find in large airports. The voice is unable to convey any emotional content, other than cheeriness, which is wildly inappropriate for many of the situations the characters find themselves in. The only variation in her voice comes when speaking as a male 14 year old and a male 20-something, where she manages to make them both sound like a whiny 7 year old.
My children's reaction to the reader was why are we listening to a robot.
She did a fair job giving each character slight differences but I noticed it came accross as if it was the very first time she read it. Way to mechanical.
First off, the reader is over melodramatic for
my taste. But then I'm not a twelve year old girl.
The story is written by a girl and not a women, I'm
pretty sure and it shows.
If your a guy that like SF, skip this one.
It's creepy and not it a evil way.
More like reading your sisters diary.
Last time I buy a book because of the cover
or what written on the back.
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