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Interesting but uneven,
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This review is from: The Serrano Legacy: Omnibus v. 1 includes Hunting Party, Sporting Chance, & Winning Colours. (Paperback)
I'm in general a Moon fan - I really liked the 5-volume Vatta series - and books that spark lots of successors (there are two Serrano trilogies) are usually good value. I've sort of enjoyed this one, but I've found it easy to put down when another book grabbed my attention.
The basic plot is that a woman space commander has to leave the Service after falling out with a psychotic superior officer, and takes up an apparently humiliating job as the captain of an elderly woman's luxury yacht. However, the yacht turns out to have been used for smuggling, so there are uses for her military training, and she gradually builds a relationship of respect with her employer which takes her into unfamiliar terrain. The "hunting party" is ostensibly a fox-hunt on a planet designed for such recreation (ugh), but the psychotic admiral turns out to have organised a manhunt of the captain's former crew nearby, with dramatic consequences.
It's well-written, full of ideas, and rich in nuanced characters. But it's also unfocused. One moment we're dealing with smugglers and pirates, next with the thought processes of a young girl caught up in the manhunt. There's quite a lot about riding, rather more than about spaceships. It's readable and there's lots to read, so it's probably a good bargain, just not her best.