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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.
After losing most of her family to a series of murderous attacks aimed at destroying the powerful Vatta interstellar shipping empire, Kylara Vatta leaves control of the business's remnants to a trusted cousin and takes to the stars seeking revenge. She recruits allies from other families and trading companies who have suffered similar attacks, creating a private navy under her own command. The fourth installment of the life and adventures of a resourceful heroine devoted to her family and her honor opens a new chapter in the Vatta family's fight for justice and survival. Nebula Award winner Moon (Trading in Danger) handles action and intrigue with equal skill; her characters are varied and believable. With particular appeal for fans of the "Honor Harrington" series and dynastic sf, this novel is recommended, along with series predecessors, for most sf collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Fourth in Moon's Vatta's War space-going family and military saga (after 2006's Engaging the Enemy), this jaunty far-future romp follows the scions of two powerful but threatened families: woman space warrior Kylara Vatta and undercover operator Rafe Dunbarger. While Ky, who earlier saw much of her family murdered, builds an antipirate fleet from former privateers, Rafe works to preserve his family's giant interstellar communications corporation after a hostile takeover. Aunt Grace Lane Vatta sheds her dotty old woman cover to direct security on Slotter's Key, the Vatta home base, and Cousin Stella settles in as Vatta's CEO, assisted by young Toby, a precocious techie. Though lacking the breathless hyperdrive of Moon's earlier splendid derring-do in Marque and Reprisal, the frequent FTL jumps between Ky's deep-space engagements, Rafe's reluctant boardroom battles, Grace's wily machinations and Stella's expert financial calculations keep the excitement level high. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences -- KIRKUS on MOVING TARGET Continues to get better with every volume . . . roll on the next one -- GUARDIAN on ENGAGING THE ENEMY An action-packed read, complete with zero-g combat sequences, exploding ship mines, stratagems, and intrigue . . . Definitely recommended -- THE BOOK SMUGGLERS on MOVING TARGET Strong female leads, terrific action and complications aplenty: should grab existing fans and win new converts -- KIRKUS