Once a Hero

Once a Hero

by Elizabeth MOON

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BN ID: 2940148608929
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Series: The Serrano Legacy , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 76,445
File size: 970 KB

About 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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Once a Hero (Serrano Legacy Series #4) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
dustycatCA More than 1 year ago
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.
Talking-Horse More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. I wish I coud read a sequel to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I enjoyed going straight to a courts martial. I hadn't read the previous book but that wasn't a handicap. Good character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always find it a little confusing dropping into a new universe, but the way this story unfolded really had me rooting for esmay. This is a must read for fans of flawed but awesome heroines.
Nookeee More than 1 year ago
I want this as an ebook please!
DanielBooks More than 1 year ago
Just finished this one. Love her books. Great characters, great stories.  Have also read some the Vatta's war books.  
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