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on 10 June 2017
The 4th part of Vatta's war, our intrerpid heroine continues to build a force to fight piracy and continues to make trades. Her cousin is rapidly builidng up the Vatta transport business again and Toby has made some breakthroughs with the ship board ansibles. Great read, hardly put it down from start to finish.
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on 6 December 2016
This tale of war amongst the stars is fast paced and develops the numerous intertwined story lines and characters of the series. I am enjoying rereading the series. Look forward to book six due out in 2017
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on 4 March 2017
Excellent read, but I wouldn't expect anything else from this author.
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on 2 June 2017
Item arrived safe and sound in excellent condition
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on 5 September 2017
Love it.
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on 8 February 2015
[ am now looking books 5/6
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VINE VOICEon 15 April 2007
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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