The Serrano Connection: Omnibus Two Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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Two explosive space adventures in one volume - and both ONCE A HERO and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT are set in the politically-complex world of the Serrano dynasty.
About the Author
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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This book contains books 4 and 5 of the Serrano series. The focus changes from the Serranos to new lead character, Esmay Suiza, which at first disappoints because of the fondness the reader has built up for the main character of the previous books, but in reality is a good idea to stop the series from becoming stale and repetitive.
Moon's own obsessions tend to appear in all of her books, particularly the military setting and horse-riding (neither of which I share). However, they are well written and generally great, classic-style science fiction.
I have read the whole series three times and always find something that I have missed.
Unlike the Serrano books, where I was hooked from the first paragraph, I found the Vatta series harder to engage with but half way through the first chapter, I was back in tune with the stories.
I have found the individual books by Elizabeth Moon to be equally enjoyable, although I found 'The Speed of Dark' to be somewhat disturbing. Perhaps I just do not like interfering with the mind.
The Paksenarrion books left me struggling to follow the plot, whilst still being enjoyable.
Keep up the good work, Elizabeth.
In the first story of the duo in this volume, the first of the duo, Esmay Suiza (a distant relative of the Serranos who link the stories in the series) stars the book after having saved the day by mutiny in the previous volume. The authorities recognise her talent but she diffidently declines to go for seniofr command, so she is sent to serve as a junior officer on an obscure repair ship. This happens to be the site of a plot by the sinister Bloodhorde, and her resourcefulness is stretched to the full as the plot unfolds.
In the second story, both characters find themselves in advanced training together, and fall out violently, with rich girl Brun leaving the service and sailing off in her own ship, where she recklessly intercedes in a hijacking and is caught by a reactionary misogynist sect (loosely modelled on Texan survivalists). Esmay is suspecting of complicity...
Moon's writing is always fluent and engaging: you can readily see how the characters feel as they do, and want things to work out for them; as they are far from always successful, there's a good deal of suspense.Read more ›
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I love all Elizabeth Moon's work, I find her world's believable and her plots and characters very satisfying.Published 11 months ago by k.
I enjoy Elizabeth Moon's books, and the military science fiction is well constructed around a believable and engaging female protagonist.Published on 28 Oct. 2013 by Easharani
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