Once a Hero [NOOK Book]

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TRUE GRIT

Esmay Suiza wasn't a member of a great Navy family like the Serranos. She'd had to make her way on grit alone, which meant it wasn't likely she'd ever make admiral and ""hoist her own flag."" Well, that was fine with her: all Esmay wanted was a secure berth where she could be part of something greater than herself and otherwise just live her life in peace.

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Overview

TRUE GRIT

Esmay Suiza wasn't a member of a great Navy family like the Serranos. She'd had to make her way on grit alone, which meant it wasn't likely she'd ever make admiral and ""hoist her own flag."" Well, that was fine with her: all Esmay wanted was a secure berth where she could be part of something greater than herself and otherwise just live her life in peace.

But what we want or think we want from life and what we get are seldom the same—and one day Esmay found herself in the middle of a space battle, and the senior surviving officer in a mutiny against a traitorous captain. Suddenly she has no choice: she must take command and win—and thereby become both the youngest and lowest ranking member of Fleet ever to win a major battle.

While Esmay may not want to be a hero, it looks like she just can't help it, because Once A Hero,...

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148608929
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: The Serrano Legacy , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 80,139
  • File size: 948 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Moon has degrees in history and biology, served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, was elected to public office, and spent six years as a paramedic on a rural Texas ambulance service. Her much acclaimed novels include The Deed of Paksenarrion, an epic fantasy, the "Heris Serrano" series; and two nationally bestselling collaborations with Anne McCaffrey, Sassinak and Generation Warriors. Her recent novel Remnant Population was acclaimed by Anne McCaffrey (". . . marvelously empathic insights . . . pure satisfaction . . .") and Ursula K. LeGuin (". . . a book full of pleasures.") and was a Hugo Award finalist. Her last novel was Change of Command, to which Against the Odds is a sequel. Moon lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband and their son.
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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    Moon does not disappoint

    Because Elizabeth Moon's 'Remnant Population' remains on my all time list of favorite books, I decided to read more of her works.
    I started with the Heris Serrano series. 'Once a Hero' is the first book of this series. Ms. Moon does not disappoint.
    Esmay Suiza is introduced to us at the beginning of the book going into a Court Martial. I begin to doubt that I've correctly picked the first book of the series, thinking I've missed something of the story. But the story unfolds backward and we begin to understand this very likeable character. In her actions, I see our own current military forces in action.
    I'm amazed at the detail, very military-like structure and language, reminiscent of the 'Halo' books. What is not real, such as warp speed, space travel, etc.) becomes very believable.
    It was a little tricky to suspend disbelief that this young lieutenant with very little combat experience could outperform and outthink admirals and other higher ranking officers with much more experience. But that becomes somewhat more plausible when you begin to understand her cultural upbringing and her own family's solid military background.
    Very entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Enjoyable reading

    This book like many of Moons books is will writen and keeps you attention. I really enjoyed it and look foward to other book by her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Character study and space adventure

    Esmay Suiza doesn't think of herself as a hero, because she's sure she isn't capable of heroic behavior. Certainly she has no gift for command. All she wants in the universe is a chance to live and die away from her native Altiplano, as an officer (preferably a very ordinary and obscure officer) in the Regular Space Service. But after taking command of the Despite when everyone above her in the command chain either turns traitor or dies in the resulting mutiny - and after becoming, as a result, the lowest-ranked officer who's ever won a battle - Lieutenant (j.g.) Suiza can't go back to her cherished anonymity. So Admiral Vida Serrano tells her between the battle's end and the start of her court martial, and so Esmay learns for sure when she goes back to Altiplano for the first time since she was 14. The lesson continues in her next assignment, as a full lieutenant aboard the deep space repair ship Koskiusko. On the Koskiusko Esmay makes the first opposite-gender friend she's ever had: Vida Serrano's grandson, Ensign Barin Serrano. Her new superiors, understanding that this young woman's command gifts are just that - real gifts, unlocked for the first time by the events aboard Despite - search in growing frustration for ways to convince Esmay that she must accept who she really is, and develop the talents no one knew she possessed during her first ten years of RSS life. Then a Bloodhorde commando unit finds its way aboard Koskiusko, and once again Esmay Suiza must rise to the challenge. Once a hero, there's no going back. Part character study (well done, indeed) and part blood-and-thunder space adventure, this book bogs down at times during its first half; but after that the action comes fast and furious. Well worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Excellent character development!

    It's always exciting to come across a great writer whose work you haven't read before. That's how I feel about Elizabeth Moon. I initially picked up this book because the idea of Esmay intrigued me. An unlikely, somewhat unwilling hero, with fears and self-doubt...a person who had never excelled before, who didn't seem to be the hero type...yet she achieved the impossible and now has to question her knowledge of herself. This is not just a story about a battle in space. This is a character study about a person at a crossroads in her life, with several paths before her and a difficult decision to make. Science Fiction is at its best when there is a solid story behind the plot, and characters that stay in your mind long after you've read the book. Elizabeth Moon achieves both beautifully.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    An Exciting Heroine

    Esmey is one of my favorite characters. She is strong and intelligent and overcomes some great obstacles in Once A Hero. The battles and strategies are exciting. I have reread this book many times and highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    Once a hero, always a great story!

    This is a really good book. I wish I coud read a sequel to it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    Esmay is my Hero(ine)

    This is a great read and a wonderful book. There is not only action but plenty of character development and 'world-building' as well. Enjoyable if you really like a strong but believable central character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    I want this as an ebook please!

    I want this as an ebook please!

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    Just finished this one. Love her books. Great characters, great

    Just finished this one. Love her books. Great characters, great stories.  Have also read some the Vatta's war books.  

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