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Elizabeth Moon
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5 April 2007 Vatta's War (Book 4)

Kylara had to leave a bright future as a military cadet, and was thrown into the brutal world of off-world trading. This subsequent career in the family business was tough: marked by war, mutiny and attempted assassination. But then her home was attacked and her parents killed - their trading empire left in ruins. Now she must save what is left of the family and the business, with few friends and too few assets. She must make full use of her hard-won experience to not just survive, but to restore the shattered fortunes of the Vatta family and their allies.

Now, Kylara Vatta, space-trader and sometime privateer, has destined herself for a dangerous and unpredictable future. She will muster an interplanetary taskforce and forge them into a lethal weapon: one that the pirates who destroyed her family will never forget ...

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493794
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fourth volume in this explosive science fiction adventure series, following TRADING IN DANGER and ENGAGING THE ENEMY.

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Elizabeth Moon joined the US Marine Corps in 1968, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant during active duty. She has also earned degrees in history and biology, run for public office and been a columnist on her local newspaper. She lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband and their son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Four of Vatta's War 15 April 2007
By Mrs. Stella White VINE VOICE
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You really need to read the earlier volumes to get the the best from this book. Most of the main characters are busy doing their separate activities in different systems so it has the effect of being like several amalgamated short stories. Nevertheless it is still a very enjoyable book with lots of plotting,action,and adventure. This is Elizabeth Moon at her best and once started hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fourth.. and best? 18 Jun 2007
I originally started reading Vatta's War: Trading in danger because it was the only SF book my local bookshop had in that looked remotely appealing (and that I hadn't already read).

I am so glad I did. Vatta's War is turning out to be one of my favourite SF series and this, the fourth book, is almost impossible to put down (suffice to say I am running low on sleep ;))

As the series progresses numerous sub-plots and characters are evolving wonderfully, and unlike many books (including some bestsellers) I am drawn into every one of them, turning each page without a thought as I plunge towards each milestone.

Roll on Book 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better... 7 Sep 2008
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I've enjoyed all the series, but the first three (for me) sufered a little too much from the main character's inability to get a move on and give up on the introspection; it was character development, but that didn't make it less irritating. Some is needed, too much gets frustrating.

This book is definitely the best so far; deserving of 4.5 stars. Good pace, all characters are believable; not afraid to follow their natures (finally). I still think the elderly lady (Aunt Grace) has the potential to be the best character, although I am not as convinced of that as I once was.

Ky and her cousin are stronger and more believeable in this story; Rafe too developes in interesting ways. The protagonist was obvious, really, as soon as we were introduced to him; my suspicions were arroused at the mere mention of his name and position - although I forget when exactly that occured. I remained open-minded as it could have been a bit of obvious double-bluffing. It wasn't

My only real criticism is that the events which occur, and certainly the culmination of the largest scale battle we have seen to date, seem a little contrived; they are, of course, but even so...

Despite my minor 'niggles' I can thoroughly recommend reading this book, but to get the best from it the series needs reading in order. In fact reading them out of order would disappoint because the others weren't as good. I did that with the Honor Harrington series and havn't been disappointed with any of the earlier books of the series I have read.

I will definitely be getting the fifth (sorry amazon, visiting waterstones tomorrow:P).
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This series is pretty typical of military SF. Simplistic Good guys vs Bad guys, where the military are all good guys and the bad guys are politicians or space pirates (really).

The series is also pretty devoid of any interesting SF ideas, I didn't find the bit of technology central to the story convincing, and if you will forgive the slight exaggeration, any story that relies on geniuses inventing a whole new technology with some string and chewing gum in an afternoon looses my respect pretty fast.

As you have probably gathered, this is not the sort of stuff that usually excites me, however the author writes well, the main characters are quite engaging despite being cliches, and there are some interesting combat ranging from one to one to space battles.

However, I bought all 5 in the series so even with all the negatives I still found it an enjoyable light read.
A very expensive enjoyable light read because each book is more like an episode of a series rather than a complete book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series 22 Feb 2010
By Deimos
I wont give my version of the story but ...

Really great fun, good story well told. Nothing to make you think hard about new ideas. Easy to get started (some books take an age and a real struggle to get into - not this series). Then difficult to put down.

However, think of the series as a single large book and read them in the correct order. One excellent aspect about the series is that, unlike some multi-book series, the start of each book assumes you have read the previous book and does not spend ages recapping the story so far. Personally I hate it when you read the 2nd/3rd/4th book and you have to plough through loads of recapping the book before. In this series each book just continues directly from the end of the previous one making all 5 books like one book but split for convenience. So read them in the right order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 April 2014
By Jeeves
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This fourth book is as good if not better than the first three can't wait to start reading book five
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Oct 2013
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I love the Vatta books and actually find the protagonist more sympathetic that Weber's Honour Harrington, another female orientated space military series. The battles and characters are interesting, and the story moves along at a good pace.
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This book is a great read and just like all Elizabeth Moon books well written, it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through, i have read this series twice and still... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Bought the first one as a discarded library book and got completely hooked on the series.
The characters are really well worked out and given time to develop. Read more
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Another good read. Some of the novels like the first have less action as they are setting the plot but this one is full of action and is, in some ways, better than the last in the... Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by John Ellaway
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This book was enjoyable, and is probably the slowest of the five books. Ky's experience and reputation begin to really grow. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by M. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait for it
To me the book only makes sense as part of the whole series. This is part 4 out of 5.

The story line is a bit of James Clavell's Taipan set in space. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by Cruiseo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Series
If you enjoy a simple story line and SF theme there are few better than this series.
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