Winning Colors (Serrano Legacy Series #3)

Winning Colors (Serrano Legacy Series #3)

by Elizabeth Moon

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Reissue)

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ISBN-13: 9780671876777
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 08/28/1995
Series: Serrano Legacy Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 491,265
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.10(d)

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Winning Colors (Serrano Legacy Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ladycato on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Heris Serrano may be the captain of an old lady's space yacht, but her life is by no means complacent. Their recent adventures have left the government in turmoil, with rival planetary systems poised to take advantage. Fortunately, Heris knows she's no longer in disgrace within her former employers, the space military; indeed, her aunt--an admiral--has expressed confidence in Heris' abilities. She'll need that confidence and more as she's forced to defend a backwards agricultural planet against the invading forces of the Compassionate Hand.This book carried more action like Moon's Vatta's War series, but it still didn't have that same consistent suspense and likeable cast. This is probably the strongest book of the three about Heris Serrano, but I was still left with questions and frustrated that some promising characters didn't have a larger role. A good read, but not phenomenal.
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Heris Serrano, formerly a captain in the Regular Space Service, has spent the last several years commanding a rich old lady's private transportation instead. Now, in the concluding volume of the trilogy begun by Hunting Party and continued with Sporting Chance, she's offered what may be a chance to go back to the life she loves best. The charming rural planet where Lady Cecelia wants to do some horse-trading lies undefended, and the so-called Benignity of the Compassionate Hand (an outlaw state) has it slated for scorching and annexation. All that stands between the enemy forces and Xavier's frightened population is Heris and her crew. Aboard what? An armed yacht. Aided by a few shuttles, a snail-like ore carrier, and one museum-vintage starship. This wonderful adventure story gets needlessly complicated in places because of all the subplots we're following as the author moves toward tying up the trilogy's many loose ends. You do need to know the characters already in order to grasp what's going on; I wouldn't recommend trying to read this book first, and reading it as a standalone would be frustrating at best. But it does a fine job of pointing up its theme of maturity, as the younger characters achieve this quality that was lacking when we first met them; and as the older characters start to realize how their potentially endless lives (thanks to 'rejuv') will alter their children's and grandchildren's futures. Or perhaps I should say nieces and nephews, not children and grandchildren; because aside from Heris herself, this book's most notable characters are its formidable maiden aunts. All things considered, an excellent read.