Trading in Danger (The Vattas War Series): 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2021
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- ASIN : B08XNVBS77
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200132195
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 14.48 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"A mix of space opera, military science fiction, and human drama, this is an exciting and often touching novel."-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars)"
"The human interest, well-wrought story, humor, and rich world-building will more than satisfy."-- "School Library Journal"
About the Author
Elizabeth Moon, a former marine, is the author of many novels, including the Vattas War and Vattas Peace series and the Deed of Paksenarrion, as well as the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, she went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin.
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This is the second time that I've had the pleasure of reading 'Trading in Danger' and I must admit I loved it as much, if not more than when I read it for the first time. In thinking this, I realise that it is most probably because the first time - if I recall aright - I practically devoured the book in one sitting! This time I had the time to savor and enjoy all of Ms. Moon's nuances in her storytelling; And good story-telling at that.
What I liked: As any good book does, this one starts off with intrigue in the very first paragraph. What's great about the story is that the intrigue never stops. It may slow, or even hit a bit of a lull, but there's more than enough going on that you just HAVE to know what's going to happen next... or how will that problem be overcome; or even can it be overcome? I liked that very much.
(Sorry if this review is a little hurried, but I'm hanging out to get into my library to see if I have book two, or if I loaned it from the library. If the former, then YAY, if the later, then I do so hope I can afford the eBook on Amazon. *sigh*)
What I didn't like: Not a thing.
Oh, as per usual, editing: My recall of the editing was that I found nothing wrong. No spelling mistakes, or grammatical gaffs at all - and I was reading it at an unusually slow pace... for me.
So please, do yourself a favour, if you haven't had the privilege of reading one of Ms Elizabeth Moon's stories, grab this one, cop a squat someplace and enjoy!
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The series is also pretty devoid of any interesting SF ideas, I didn't find the bit of technology central to the story convincing, and if you will forgive the slight exaggeration, any story that relies on geniuses inventing a whole new technology with some string and chewing gum in an afternoon looses my respect pretty fast.
As you have probably gathered, this is not the sort of stuff that usually excites me, however the author writes well, the main characters are quite engaging despite being cliches, and there are some interesting combat ranging from one to one to space battles.
However, I bought all 5 in the series so even with all the negatives I still found it an enjoyable light read.
A very expensive enjoyable light read because each book is more like an episode of a series rather than a complete book.
The universe it is set in is sort of recognisable as a fast forward on our current one. The initial setting is in a naval academy that would be recognisable to anyone with military experience (and the author served in the USMC, no doubt she drew on that). That's just the starting point for the story though, and most of the action takes place on board an interstellar freighter.
The story is told mostly by the main character (Ky Vatta), although there are a couple of short switches of viewpoint to her father. This limited omniscience drives the story well, although the only character that is well developed is Ky herself. That said, she is a very interesting character, she knows she has flaws and tries hard to come to terms with them. The pace of the story is very good, and it kept me reading to find out what happened next, even getting to the end of the chapter wasn't enough to stop and I found myself reading it when I was walking along the train platform at the end of my commute!
In outline, Ky is kicked out of the local naval academy for helping the wrong guy. Her family run their own merchant shipping line and they send her off with an experienced crew in a ship destined for the breakers yard at the end of the trip. She succumbs to the Vatta instinct for 'trade and profit' and decides to make a side trip to fill a need for agricultural supplies at her first port of call. This takes her to another system. On the way in her ship's hyperspace drive fails, and while she's trying to scrape up funding for both the repairs and the tractor parts a war starts.
From there it becomes a very interesting sequence of events in dealing with the crisis and its fallout. Ky's ship ends up being used to intern the captains and senior officers of the other ships in the system, largely because it has no working hyperspace engine. This causes another set of interesting twists and turns in the story. Throughout the background to this we see a few glimpses of other things happening in other parts of the universe, which cleverly expands the background and lets the reader join some of the dots before Ky does it.
Overall an enjoyable and compelling read
Ultimately, a strong series, and you could do a lot worse if you're looking for some entirely readable space nonsense. The major upside was a really solid science behind communications and space battles. The entire series hinges on the fact that the majority of communications can only work at speed of light (apart from system "ansibles" which allow FTL communication between each other, permitting distant systems to communicate). The fact that ships have to be close to communicate effectively, along with a genuinely powerful understanding of (theoretical) space weapons and combat meant I read with interest rather than rolling my eyes, and the main character, while seemingly based on author, is entertaining enough to be believable. If anything, I felt like the final battle in the final book was a little underwhelming - I'd have happily read a few more pages about that.
But yeah, crack on, enjoy!