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Command Decision: Vatta's War: Book Four
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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on 18 June 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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on 7 September 2008
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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on 25 September 2010
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. There is the corporation under attack, the enemy is space pirates, the authorities are tools of one side or the other there are politics and high adventure. But! Problem solving is typical for women fantasy writers. The hero is still the hero but relationships play a much bigger role. There is competition and rivalry between the characters but it is mainly based (and blamed) on lack of communication. Conflict is so easy to solve (as long as the characters are on the same side). It makes the books very readable. We have come across it with authors like Anne McCaffrey and even J. K Rowling.

In this book the heroin, after having earned the status and the respect in the story, wins the tools for the final battle. The military background of the author shines through and professionalism is celebrated.

My recommendation: If you enjoy sci-fi, adventure and a gripping read buy not just this book but the whole series.
I'm told that men prefer to read books from male authors whilst women don't mind male or female authors. This is not a series just for women.
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on 22 February 2010
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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on 21 February 2013
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. The 'SF' part of the story is subtle, not one of those books that is blinding you with science. Very good story telling with enough detail to make it rich and colourful and so that you can almost taste and smell it. For me the only other SF author that created the same intensity was Ray Bradbury. I really loved the volumes 1 to 4. The 5th one is still good but feels oddly rushed in some parts and drawn out in others.

You need to start with the first one though, or it will be difficult to understand the characters.
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on 12 February 2011
This book was enjoyable, and is probably the slowest of the five books. Ky's experience and reputation begin to really grow. Her idea to actively defend what she believes in takes hold with others starting to follow, however all is not all roses as there are deaths and loses to contend with.

Stella also starts to blossom out in her experiences and also starts to find out what it can be like to be a parent looking after her younger cousin. Not only does the Vatta name resurface for trading, it also braches out, and as per the Vatta motto (trade and profit) it prospers.
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on 1 May 2015
I got hooked on Elizabeth Moons writing a few years back she has a knack for telling multiple tales running around a familiar theme which goes all over the place or in this case galaxy and weaving in and of out over a four five on more series of books. And when the last page has been written all the tales link up and closes the book. I think she's an underrated writer and hope that she keeps writing
I will one will keep on reading
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on 27 May 2009
Elizabeth Moon is an excellant author and now having read all of Vatta's war I can recommend them to any other sci fi officianados. As with Elizabeth Moons other works this is just the right blend of character developement and techno stuff to make a cracking good read.
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on 7 October 2013
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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