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Publisher's Summary

After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta's War sequence.

Summoned to the home planet of her family's business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero's welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.

Yet even as Ky leads her team from one crisis to another, her family and friends refuse to give up hope, endeavoring to mount a rescue from halfway around the planet - a task that is complicated as Ky and her supporters find secrets others will kill to protect: a conspiracy infecting both government and military that threatens not only her own group's survival but her entire home planet.

©2017 Elizabeth Moon (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-22-17

Suspenseful

I had read the Vatta’s War series and enjoyed it. I just discovered Elizabeth Moon has come out with an addition called Vatta’s Peace. "Cold Welcome" is the first book in the new series.

Kylara Vatta is a Grand Admiral now and is returning to visit her home planet of Slatter’s Key. Instead, her shuttle is sabotaged. Vatta and crew are stranded in the icy waters of the South Polar Sea. The story then changes to one of survival. This is a much different situation than I was expecting from a science fiction story.

The book is well written. The characters are intriguing. The plotting is great and the story is realistic. I remember Aunt Gracie and her fruit cakes from the first series. She is back in this story. The story has lots of intrigue and suspense. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

The book is fourteen hours long. Brittany Pressley does a good job narrating the story. Pressley is a singer, songwriter and voice- over artist. She has won several earphone awards for audiobook narration.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Weak revival

I loved the original Vatta's War series, though there were a few discrepancies throughout the books and Ms. Moon went a little overboard with people's issues with Kylara's love life and it's impact on politics and her ability to perform her job. The new Vatta's Peace seems to be taking this ridiculousness to a whole new level. As a former member of the military I found the way the people who were stranded with her, especially a member of her own staff, behaved in their situation to be completely ludicrous. I know Ms. Moon is an outstanding author after having also read her Paksenarrion series so I am really hoping she will reign in some of the more silly plot devices as she continues the series.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Moon great as usual​, add Pressley and WOW !

Fantastic to see The Vatta series continuing with Vatta's Peace. Character development through the series continues with this work and the Admiral's years of experience is portrayed in the story very well. The addition of Brittany Pressley as narrator was a masterful stroke. After this book, in my mind, she has become the voice of Kylara Vatta.

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very disappointed with storyline

I am very dissapointed in the logic of the storyline. Ending poorly written and rushed

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Not What I Expected, but Not Bad

What made the experience of listening to Cold Welcome the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narrator's performance, and there were multiple story lines that all came together fairly well in the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess I liked the main character, Kylarra, the most. She was competent and able to keep a cool head through all the terrible things going on around her, and I identified with her wanting to get away from her old life by the end of the book.

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

The characters all had distinct voices that I was able to tell apart, even though I forgot their names I could at least tell when different people were speaking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't listen to a fourteen hour book in one sitting even if I did want to, I'd explode.

Any additional comments?

I was honestly expecting more wilderness survival. Spoiler alert, but they seemed to pretty easily find shelter that had exactly everything they needed to survive. Still, I enjoyed the story and most of the characters. The Love Interest Guy whose name I can't remember was a bit dull. I didn't really care about the corporate espionage element, because like I said, I thought the story would have more elements of people having to survive in the wild on a strange planet, but overall it didn't really detract from the rest of the story. What really interested me was where all the prehistoric animals on that "uninhabited" continent came from. I mean, cloning probably, but why? I'd be open to reading/listening to the rest of the series when it releases.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Vatta Moon Fan

Once in a while, I'll have a craving for revisiting the Vatta and Serano series, as if they were non fictional characters in real life I actual miss. I found myself searching for more Vatta, and behold, Elizabeth was already working on another book! Was ready to sell my left kidney to get a copy, but luckily found an audio copy. Something about her Vatta series I can't get enough of. When I began to hear the characters names I instantly got goosebumps. Exciting. I don't generally have time to site down and read books, but spend allot of time behind the steering wheel, sometimes for 20 hours. First discovered this series at a truck stop in the Midwest published by graphic audio. Although their audiobooks are created like movies with multiple people and sound effects. Although this version was still extremely enjoyable with one person voicing the entire book. With a voice that never gets annoying, and she does an excellent performance at making the characters seem like more than 1 person. Perhaps it's my imagination, but could have swore I saw this say part 1 somewhere. Hope there's another book coming down the road. Because this series truly is "a movie in my mind".

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Good book

The book was enjoyable, the ending wasn't what I was expecting, but not terrible. The voice acting was good at times, but unless you are going to bring in different actors for the different roles it doesn't compare to Graphic Audios presentation of the previous Vatta series, Vatta's War.

Overall it was good, except for the pronunciation of Mackensee. please don't pronounce it like that anymore. that alone made finishing the book difficult.

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Excellent continuation of the Vatta Family Saga!

Plenty of humor excitement and lots of action. eagerly awaiting next book of continuation of this story line.

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Great Vatta story, shitty execution.

The Vatta saga continues with another major discovery but the railroad to get there fell short. This story shows that the author researched emergency equipment and procedures, but failed to extrapolate this to a star fairing race. I finished the story, but the initial emergency can be skipped.

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Can’t wait for next book

This book/series is simply amazing vattas war 😘 and now this oh em gee keep up the great work!!!!!

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  • Vanessa
  • 05-01-17

God, I've missed these books!

Elizabeth Moon is one of my favourite authors and I was most definitely not disappointed with this one. The story was very good and I badly want to see that under ground base and work out what or who built it! Just like the rest of the series there was plenty of action without overdoing the techno talk, good characters and more then enough left unexplained for another couple of books. Hope we don't have to wait to long for the next one. 😁

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  • Mr. G.L. Lock
  • 06-30-17

Too long for what happens

Well written, well performed but a poor story. It might have made a short story but this was way too long.

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