In this new military sci-fi thriller from the Nebula Award–winning author of Cold Welcome, Admiral Kylara Vatta is back—with a vengeance.
Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet’s government itself.
With their base of operations breached, the plotters have no choice but to gamble everything on an audacious throw of the dice. Even so, the odds are stacked against Ky. When her official report on the crash and its aftermath goes missing—along with the men and women she rescued—Ky realizes that her mysterious enemies are more powerful and dangerous than she imagined.
Now, targeted by faceless assassins, Ky and her family—along with her fiancé, Rafe—must battle to reclaim the upper hand and unmask the lethal cabal closing in on them with murderous intent.
Praise for Into the Fire
“[Elizabeth] Moon’s powerful female characters send the unmistakable message that whatever men try to do, these women can do much, much better.”—Publishers Weekly
“Intrigue and great action scenes, along with punchy dialogue.”—SFRevu
Nebula-winner Moon extends her long-running Vatta's War military SF series (after Cold Welcome) with a middling installment set on Slotter Key, the Vatta family's home planet and center of their commercial empire. Former Admiral Ky Vatta, having escaped a dastardly assassination attempt in deep space, has found herself nearly penniless and blamed for major crimes, with her former crew members either dead or far away. She and her fianc , Rafe, seek evidence to clear her name, but soon they are embroiled with an insurrection. Grace's youthful actions have brought on conflicts with other powerful families, who are plotting vengeful sedition against the government. Holding the line are her redoubtable aunt Grace, Slotter Key's powerful rector of defense, and cousin Stella, CEO of the Vatta family's vast holdings. This story's domestic tensions and volleys against military and civilian bureaucracy don't achieve the heights of Moon's typical space operatics, though about halfway through, the action heats up. Moon's powerful female characters send the unmistakable message that whatever men try to do, these women can do much, much better.