Summary

Although the exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground, Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family's fleet...and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off - because this time, the war has come to her. Someone has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky's family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive. Ky is determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her family's name, but she needs not only firepower but information. And she gets both in spades - from the band of stranded mercenaries she hooks up with; from her black-sheep cousin, Stella, who has been leading a secret life; and from Stella's roguish ex-lover, Rafe. Together they struggle to penetrate the tangled web of political intrigue that is wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, on whose effective operation their own livelihoods - and perhaps lives - depend.
But the infighting proves to be infectious, and it isn't long before Ky's hired military muscle are turning their suspicions on the enigmatic Rafe, whose wealth of knowledge about ISC's clashing factions and startling new technologies has begun to make him smell like a rat...or a mole. With swift, violent destruction a very real possibility, the last thing Ky needs is a crew divided against itself - and she's prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Vatta stays in business, as well as in one piece.
What she is not prepared for is the shocking truth behind the terror - and a confrontation with murderous treachery from a source as unexpected as it is unrelenting.
©2004 Elizabeth Moon (P)2008 Tantor
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"Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences: swift, jolting, confusing, and merciless. Equally significant, Moon doesn't neglect violence's aftermath." ( Kirkus Starred Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 09-07-11

Good story but poor narration

This would be my third 'reading' of the Vatta's War books. A feisty heroine, interesting characters, and a nicely developing story line. You probably have to read [listen] to all five books to get the most pleasure and, in truth, some of the later ones do seem a little contrived in the plot lines but are still enjoyable. This book, the second in the series, continues the development of the 'last' Vatta. Unfortunately the narration leaves a lot to be desired. The main problem seems to be the narrator's inability to recognise full stops, paragraphs, and even chapter, changes. Her voice remains the same throughout the reading with just minor adjustments for characters. The latter is fine but one has to really pick up on the fact that the story has moved to another location or facet. There is no change of emphasis to let the listener identify a sentence ending, etc., so you will not realise that from the narration. In truth, the story is so interesting that, whilst the narration detracts, it is not so bad as to make the book unlistenable. Compare the narration to the Honor Harrington books and the problems become obvious.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 18-04-18

Elizabeth moon is super awesome

im not too sure about this narrator. the book was super awesome tho... I have been dreading this book for all the heart break implied and I won't lie: it was bad. now im #TeamRascal #TeamVatta

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charlie on 31-07-12

Vatta's War Gets Deadly

Kylara Vatta's life as a trader ship captain gets more than a little "interesting" as her family is destroyed, and her own life and ship are attacked by powerful enemies. The overall plot moves forward at a quick pace as the violence against the Vattas escalates and intensifies. The interaction between Ky and Stella is not particularly healthy, and is, IMO, one of the weaker elements of this series.

The reader, Cynthia Holloway, is still by far not my favourite reader, but she does seem better in this and later books in the series. I've given the performance a 3 out of 5. It adds nothing to the series, but isn't an annoying distraction either. Overall, this book is a 4 out of 5, and with a better reader would be a 5 out of 5.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 05-12-12

Conspiracies and sabotage

This is my second book by Elizabeth Moon and I am getting hooked on this series. Kylara Vatta is in command of an old Vatta transport ship from book one and is trying to find other members of the Vatta family and gather them up to fight back against whoever is trying to kill them all. She finds her cousins Stella,a company spy and 14 year old Toby who is the only survivor of the transport ship he was interned on. Rafe a friend of Stella and spy for the InterStellar Communication companies also joins the crew. They are swept up in intrigue, conspiracies, sabotage and fighting for their lives. Moon provides some assassination attempts and a space battle scene. Aunt Gracie who is famous for her fruit cakes in book one and the family "ding bat" turns out the be the family spy master, she is the only one of the older generation alive now. The reader could be better. Can not wait to read the next book in the series.

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