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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (18 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491691
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Elizabeth Moon's work: 'One of the best-known and most acclaimed writers of SF adventure' Publishers Weekly 'A fine novel ... Absolutely compelling' Greg Bear 'A must read!' Anne McCaffrey 'A powerful and compelling story' DREAMWATCH 'A truly magnificent work' THE ALIEN ONLINE

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The second volume in an explosive new science fiction adventure series following TRADING IN DANGER.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deimos on 22 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SimonW11 on 1 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the second volume of Varta's War. It is the sequal to Trading in Danger. Unlike Trading In Danger which has the same title in both the US and the UK this volume was retitled for the UK.
The internet has made retitling books a bloody silly idea. All it does is confuse the punters.
Any how a definate improvement on the first volume which hand a rather simplistic plot. ind this episode The Varta family of traders is targeted for distruction. Can the survivors regroup around Ky the heroine of the book? Will all the loose ends be tied up? (Hint: there are more volumes to follow) no sign of mid series sag though. The book ends with a good dramatic resolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Williams on 15 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought the first of this series a few years back - read it and forgot it. However I picked it up again recently and enjoyed it so much I bought the second.

Well it was just as good! Good character developement, good story lines, good action sequences at times. All in all a good read which I stuggled to put down.

My only critisism is that at times it can be a little ... "predictable", whereas at other times it goes off in a direction you really didn't see coming.

Finally not a critisism, just a comment - sometimes you really wish Elizabeth Moon had gone into her characters a little more, there were so many points where she gives little clues to a character's past, etc, but that's it, you are left wanting more.

But who knows - perhaps they are explained in the remaining books! I have just bought them so lets see!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on 12 Feb 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book carries on at the same pace as the first, if not a little faster. There is a crushing blow to the Vatta family that only gets worse. One of the Vatta's on their home world of Slotter Key, takes charge initially and sends one of the Clan, Stella, to find Ky so that they can work together.

Mean while, Ky uses the Vatta motto - 'Trade and profit' - to try to build up her wealth, and experience, and has her trusty crew to help her. As Ky's reputation precedes her and within a crumbling political situation, Ky teams up with another company to provide protection to her and other ships.

A possible bad decision ends up with her having to confront a side of her that she is not comfortable with, and which she had encountered in the first book.

By the end of this book, the story environment is fully set up with most (but not all) of the main characters in place.
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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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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
'Trading in Danger' has been released in the US in hardback as 'Marque and Reprisal' (available on amazon for £12.10).
The following is a larger synopsis than that above from the randomhouse website:
'Kylara Vatta, risk-taking, rule-breaking, can-do heroine of Trading in Danger, is back in business - the kind that's anything but usual - in the new military science fiction adventure by ace action storyteller Elizabeth Moon.
The exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground - but Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family's fleet... and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off: because this time, the war has come to her. To be exact, someone unknown has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky's family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive.
Determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her family's name, Ky 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's 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's wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, whose effective operation their own livelihoods - and perhaps lives - depend on.
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