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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars space operatics
Elizabeth Moon's books are typically light, fast-paced and extremely easy to read. Space Opera that takes it cues from 60's and 70's classics as well as the hornblower-esque character development. Great if you like action, female leads and pretty tight writing. But PK Dick it aint - if you like your SF intellectual, look elsewhere. But if you can get into the pulp mood...
Published on 30 July 2007 by A. J. Millar

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1.0 out of 5 stars stultifyingly and dull dialogue replete with exposition on very dull things
My fellow readers, I'm going to do you all a favour by saving you the tedium of reading the 'Vatta's War' cycle of stories. Unless you have a heart condition and can't get over-excited then really, don't bother. Having said that, I've discovered that the back of a packet of my morning porridge oats has more literary merit, and indeed more drama, than can be found in these...
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5.0 out of 5 stars another epic to savour, 9 Oct. 2014
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I have been hooked on this writer for a couple of years now she is worth the time it takes to read one of her saga's
she spins a web that in the last saga took 3 large volumes to run its course and all tied up at the end.
She writes in plain terms and tells a tale which the more you read the more you want . She is rare in that she can write both a female and male lead in the story and treats both as equals. So a good book a carafe of coffee and another day is gone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Agricultural equipment has never been so exciting..., 20 Oct. 2004
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...although to be fair it doesn't really spend that much time at the fore. I enjoyed this novel and it really seemed to disappear quickly, despite trying to pace myself. There are amny exciting moments, and the book is not entirely predictable, although I suspect that some of the plot ideas that I was expecting will turn up later rather than sooner. Without giving too much away though the plot does have some level of predictability but is not completly rose-tinted. Better than some, but by no means all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Change from the usual space-hopping scifi novel, 7 July 2014
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After all the macho, technical, hard sci-fi that I have been reading lately it was very pleasant to pick up a novel which had a really strong female lead character, who is willing to talk about and discuss her feelings. Well written and with a good storyline. I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but picks up momentum, 7 Dec. 2007
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Kurt Decoene "Tybo" (Menen - Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Elizabeth Moon has been one of the big revelations for me in 2007. My brother introduced me to one of her books and I soon found myself ordering every book I could find of her on Amazon. I've not been disappointed...

The Vatta's war series starts slow, especially the first book is not all that action packed but Elizabeth Moon uses this book to set the stage and introduce and develop the main characters . Some people find it a bit slow (I didn't) but I do agree the series picks up it's real momentum somewhere between the end of book two and the middle of book three.

This is top-level SciFi, a SciFi mix between Hornblower and the Onedin Line. Elizabeth Moon makes a real effort (and takes the time) to create a universe where not only military but also human and economic factors come into play... Brilliant, it's light-read but not light-weight. Can't wait for the next book to appear, Highly recommended...

P.S. Also check out Elizabeth Moon's Serano series
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting and brilliant., 5 Nov. 2013
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Looking forward to reading the next book detailing Kylaras adventures.
The story is well paced and gives detail where necessary but not overly long in description.
It's a must read for any science fiction fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading., 16 Nov. 2013
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This is the first of Elizabeth Moon's books that I read. This is dangerous stuff, you soon get hooked and start looking for more. The level of mastery of her art never changes, it is always up there with the best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard book to put down, 4 July 2006
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R. Marchant (Midlands) - See all my reviews
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This story starts with a good pace which continues along straight through to the end. There are times when you know what is coming but this author (first time i have read her books) makes you keep reading because of the fast pace she puts into the story line and the imaginative way she (Ky) gets into and out of trouble.

If you want a good read and story line get this book, though it will not tax your intellect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 16 Nov. 2012
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Good fast moving read difficult to put the book down.

The story progresses well and has some little twists and turns enough to keep the interest flowing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars (Book 1) It does what it says on the tin..., 12 Feb. 2011
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M. Thompson "Mike Thompson" (London) - See all my reviews
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This book, indeed series, is a fun read with good characterisation and a believable/consistent story environment. Setting the scene for the rest of the series, the author uses her military experience to the full to show part of the military training environment and how the military applies rules. In addition, I guess that the author used her experience in co-authoring the book-series 'Sassinak' creating a main character with a similar 'feel'.

The Product Description, for this one in the series, is spot on is what the book covers - and hence the book does what it says on the tin and is therefore in some places is predictable. Some of the fun though is in the predictability of the story direction. However, the next book takes on a direction that is particularly predict table and some of the characters that appear in this book reappear later to do important story line actions.

The main character is set up as someone who 'takes in strays', which actually is due to a few childhood incidents. Later there is a much darker side to her that the author explores - does this come from experience too or just imagined?

If you like a fun space ship/trading adventure, then this is the place to start. I had to finish all five in a row before picking up another story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vattas War, 14 Nov. 2003
Yet another brilliant book from what i am starting to think as one of the best authors i have ever read. well rounded out characters and good plot make this a v.good book..... i can recommend it to anyone. The only problem is it was too short by far....need more
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