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Victory Conditions: Vatta's War, Book 5 | [Elizabeth Moon]

Victory Conditions: Vatta's War, Book 5

Now, as Turek readies an all-out attack on the Nexus system - a key conquest that could seal the rest of the galaxy's doom - Ky must rally to the challenge, draw upon every last reserve of her strategic skills, and reach deep if she is to tear from the ashes of tragedy her most decisive victory.
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Publisher's Summary

For Kylara Vatta, it's not just about liberating the star systems subjugated by Gammis Turek and defending the rest of the galaxy's freedom. There is also a score to be settled and payback to be meted out for the obliteration of the Vatta Transport dynasty...and the slaughter of Ky's family.

But the enemy have their own escalation efforts under way - including the placement of covert agents among the allies with whom Ky and the surviving Vattas are collaborating in the war effort. And when a spy ring linked to a wealthy businessman is exposed, a cracked pirate code reveals a galaxy-wide conspiracy fueling the proliferation of Turek's warship fleet. Matching the invaders' swelling firepower will mean marshaling an armada of battle-ready ships for Ky to lead into combat. But a violent skirmish leaves Ky reeling - and presumed dead by her enemies.

Now, as Turek readies an all-out attack on the Nexus system - a key conquest that could seal the rest of the galaxy's doom - Ky must rally to the challenge, draw upon every last reserve of her strategic skills, and reach deep if she is to tear from the ashes of tragedy her most decisive victory.

©2008 Elizabeth Moon; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Rip-roaring action and intriguing science and tactics distinguish Nebula-winner Moon's fifth and final Vatta's War installment.... A fine and fitting conclusion to Moon's grand space opera tour de force." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 02-28-15
    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 02-28-15 Member Since 2001
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    "This is a great series"

    Except for the mispronunciations, I love it. I have a listened to it five times now and every time I listen, I feel that same sense of adventure and triumph.

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    Matt 01-01-14
    Matt 01-01-14
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    "A great story, with below average performance"
    Where does Victory Conditions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As the final part of a series the book delivered moderately well, and comes out well above average.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rounded up loose ends and got on to the point.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Holloway’s performances?

    Cynthia Holloway needs to broaden her vocabulary. The amount of mispronunciations and poorly inflected words was appalling. Choosing to put the emphasis on the wrong syllable is going to happen sometimes, but how are voice performers not working with good dictionaries and pronunciation guides?


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a great finish to the series, but given the amount of inane filler in the 5 books overall (the kind of thing writers have to deal with when their book company decides they want a trilogy or pentalogy or whatever as opposed to the single book they were sold) the ending was a little sudden and lacking in detail.

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    Douglas 04-23-13
    Douglas 04-23-13
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    "Persistantly Frustrating"

    This series has been interesting enough that I have, with thoughtful intent, purchased and listened to it. The story concept is interesting and the military aspect is pretty well thought out. When combat is engaged, both space and personal, it's fun, it's creative and based on the realities of this story universe it's conceivable.

    The problems, like in so much other sf writing, exist in the story telling not in the genre. Two separate issues stand out that dampen my enjoyment of the writing. All too often the amount of detail supplied to set the stage or build a character feels more like it is there just to fill the page. The flavor of the food at dinner or the ice-cream for dessert or the art on the walls or the plants in the garden when given so much focus and detail become important beyond their simple colorful existence. It feels, at the very least, like foreshadowing and yet is never mentioned again. To paraphrase a quote all writers know 'don't talk about the shotgun over the mantel unless someone is going to use it'.

    My biggest issue with the writing drives me to distraction. Everyone knows that tension/conflict drives the story forward. Put the drive characters in trouble then get them out of it. Accelerating and increasing the tension as the story progress builds to the grand solution and defines the plot. In this series, (and too many others), much of the conflict is created because the otherwise often brilliant characters become amazingly stupid. Simple things any reader realizes at the time that the character would say, or remember, or do, or think; they just...don't. I find myself screaming at the characters, 'Did you forget what you just said to the other guy? What, you don't remember you have a gun in your pocket? You don't think the police might want to know that you saw the killer?"

    Many of these things are more frustrating when listening to an audio book of course. When I am reading a book and the writer starts getting bogged down in detail I just scan forward picking up the important stuff and ignore the fluff. Does this pull me out of the story? Yes. But ii is so much more frustrating when listening to a book because you can't scan. You can fast forward but then you miss all the detail.

    Then why do I keep listening to writing that frustrates me? Because I like the story concept and I keep hoping the writing gets better. But most of all; recognizing poor writing in detail makes me a better writer.

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    Bob Nelson 06-06-11
    Bob Nelson 06-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Popcorn"

    Fun, pleasant. Not very filling.
    This is the Nth episode in the adventures of Ky Vatta. I doubt I'll be listening the (N+1)th!
    Not bad... but not recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Lynnville, TN, USA 05-21-09
    Ron Lynnville, TN, USA 05-21-09
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    "How a narirator can ruin a book."

    I love this series of books. I had read the first four and because the last was available on tape I decided to just listen to this one. What a mistake. The narrator seriously sucked. She was unskilled in creating believable voices for each of the characters and her accent was distracting. While I am happy with the conclusion, I found getting there pain filled and distracting. I will not listen to anything that this woman narrates ever again.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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