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Trading in Danger (Vatta's War Series #1)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fast Paced, easy read

I bought this book in preparation for a long business trip to Europe. I started reading it in the airport, and then couldn't put it down. I finished it somewhere over France, I think. I actually wanted it to last a little longer, but that's sometimes how the books re...
I bought this book in preparation for a long business trip to Europe. I started reading it in the airport, and then couldn't put it down. I finished it somewhere over France, I think. I actually wanted it to last a little longer, but that's sometimes how the books read.

This is my first read of Elizabeth Moon's books. I thought she did a great job of keeping the story moving.

This first book is a character builder for Vatta, who is kicked out of the space academy for helping another student get religious counseling - and ended up in a big mess. The daughter of a shipping magnate, her father assigns her to a "milk run" job, taking an older ship out to salvage, dropping some cargo along the way - of course, it can't go like that. I won't spoil the ending, but it has believable characters and also could be written in the 1500's as well as a space adventure.

Ms. Moon sets the stage for more adventures of this young, well disciplined and fair minded captain.

I look forward to more stories from her.

posted by DonR on May 5, 2010

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A waste of time

What happened to Elizabeth Moon? Paksennarion was so good! The heroine of this book is fairly likeable, but she spends way too much time just thinking about how confused she is. I also had a problem with the way she treats her life like a multiple choice test. Sur...
What happened to Elizabeth Moon? Paksennarion was so good! The heroine of this book is fairly likeable, but she spends way too much time just thinking about how confused she is. I also had a problem with the way she treats her life like a multiple choice test. Sure, she stops the occasional mutiny single-handed, but she's always reacting to other things - she doesn't have goals of her own. After a strong beginning, pages and pages of the book were just sheer boredom. She and her mother buy dresses; she rehashes things in her mind; she talks to people about trading details which just don't matter; quaint local cultures are described which we don't need to know about; and the action doesn't pick up for another hundred pages or so. A lot of things in the book make no sense, but we're expected to acccpt them to advance the plot. For example, she agrees to resign from military academy for something which someone else did - and unless cadets are prisoners he could have done it at any time on his own without involving her. And I can't even bring myself to talk about the fruitcake. Plot elements which would actually be interesting are introduced and never resolved, like the coded message from her Seargent at the academy, about which Kylara vaguely thinks, 'maybe I'll get back to it later'; and the actual war Kylara is caught up in, where we never find out who blew up the ansibles, or how it got resolved so quickly, or even who the different sides were. At the end of the book the heroine is still confused, only now she has her own ship. It's possible (though not likely) that this could still turn into a decent series, but it would be a stronger one without this book.

posted by Anonymous on February 24, 2004

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