“Marvelously compelling . . . consummate military-adventure science fiction.”—SciFi
In the aftermath of the cold-blooded assassinations that killed her parents and shattered the Vatta interstellar shipping empire, Kylara Vatta sets out to avenge the killings and salvage the family business. Ky soon discovers a conspiracy of terrifying scope, breathtaking audacity, and utter ruthlessness. The only hope against such powerful evil is for all the space merchants to band together. Unfortunately, because she commands a ship that once belonged to a notorious pirate, Ky is met with suspicion, if not outright hostility . . . even from her own cousin. Before she can take the fight to the enemy, Kylara must survive a deadly minefield of deception and betrayal.
Praise for Engaging the Enemy
“A fast-paced space adventure, with a heroine that will captivate readers.”—Omaha World-Herald
“Excels in character development as well as in its fast-paced action sequences and intricate plotting.”—Library Journal
“You’ll have fun with this one, for Moon keeps things moving.”—Analog
Nebula Award winner Moon's third Kylara Vatta novel is sadly more reminiscent of the uninspiring Trading in Danger (2003) than the inspired Marque and Reprisal (2004). Ky has more or less patched up her relationship with her cousin Stella a good thing, since they're all that remains of the Vatta shipping empire and finished off the most immediate danger, the renegade Osman Vatta. Ky now faces the much more nebulous threat of an interstellar piracy gang. As she travels from station to station seeking fellow pirate fighters, annoying local officials and repeatedly leaving Stella in the lurch, it's hard to stay interested. It doesn't help that the one genuinely stunning twist-of-fate climax is followed by six plodding chapters on an entirely different topic. Moon's strength is clearly in flash-bang-gee-whiz battles and skulking intrigue, both planetside and in space. It's too bad she so frequently drowns them in mundane details that provide realism at the expense of entertainment.
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Elizabeth Moon is a colleague and friend, but that's not why I think these books are so great. Elizabeth is simply a superb writer, and her Vatta's War series is one of the most highly addictive literary substances I've ever encountered.
She gives you characters that are multi-dimensional and complex, and therefore call a host of complex responses from the reader. Then she puts them in complex situations that are never black and white. I got completely caught up in the spot-on pacing of the action, the intrigue, and the characters (especially the marvelous protagonist, Ky).
Engaging the Enemy is my favorite of the series so far, and I literally finished it and went straight back to the iBookstore to get the next book.
So, at the risk of sounding like a pusher, you should really try these books!