Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
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Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, and her father’s only child to buck tradition by choosing a military career instead of joining the family business. For Ky, it’s no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can’t hold a candle to shipping out as an officer aboard an interstellar cruiser. It’s adventure, not commerce, that stirs her soul. And despite her family’s misgivings, there can be no doubt that a Vatta in the service will prove a valuable asset. But with a single error in judgment, it all comes crumbling down.

Expelled from the Academy in disgrace–and returning home to her humiliated family, a storm of high-profile media coverage, and the gaping void of her own future–Ky is ready to face the inevitable onslaught of anger, disappointment, even pity. But soon after opportunity’s door slams shut, Ky finds herself with a ticket to ride– and a shot at redemption–as captain of a Vatta Transport ship.

It’s a simple assignment: escorting one of the Vatta fleet’s oldest ships on its final voyage . . . to the scrapyard. But keeping it simple has never been Ky’s style. And even though her father has provided a crew of seasoned veterans to baby-sit the fledgling captain on her maiden milk run, they can’t stop Ky from turning the routine mission into a risky venture–in the name of turning a profit for Vatta Transport, of course.

By snapping up a lucrative delivery contract defaulted on by a rival company, and using part of the proceeds to upgrade her condemned vehicle, Ky aims to prove she’s got more going for her than just her family’s famous name. But business will soon have to take a backseat to bravery, when Ky’s change of plans sails her and the crew straight into the middle of a colonial war. For all her commercial savvy, it’s her military training and born-soldier’s instincts that Ky will need to call on in the face of deadly combat, dangerous mercenaries, and violent mutiny. . . .


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About Elizabeth Moon

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Former Marine Elizabeth Moon is the author of many novels, including Kings of the North, Oath of Fealty, Victory Conditions, Command Decision, Engaging the Enemy, Marque and Reprisal, Trading in Danger, the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, Moon went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas.
 
Published September 30, 2003 by Del Rey. 314 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Ky has no choice but to play along in a situation where the slightest mistake could get her crew killed or her ship destroyed.

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With unusually slow pacing for a space adventure (lacking either the drama or the romance of opera), Moon presents several tableaux that are summarily dropped—such as polo that never gets played, a ship's model with secret instructions that Kylara refuses to decipher and an absentee boyfriend—any...

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While Ky is dealing with this, we’re treated to an overview of the ship, the crew, and how both work together.

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SF Site

Elizabeth Moon Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Oath of Fealty SF Site Review: Vatta's War: Trading in Danger, Part 1 SF Site Review: Victory Conditions SF Site Review: Moon Flights SF Site Review: Command Decision SF Site Review: Command Decision SF Site Review: Engaging the En...

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Elizabeth Moon Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Speed of Dark SF Site Review: Once A Hero SF Site Review: Rules of Engagement SF Site Review: Remnant Population Elizabeth Moon opens her new novel with her likable young heroine Kylara Vatta being thrown out of military academy ...

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Elizabeth Moon Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Victory Conditions SF Site Review: Moon Flights SF Site Review: Command Decision SF Site Review: Command Decision SF Site Review: Engaging the Enemy SF Site Review: Marque and Reprisal SF Site Review: Trading in Danger SF Site Rev...

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Ky Vatta wakes up as a senior cadet in the honor squad yet a couple of hours later she is asked to hand in her resignation because she broke a rule causing major fallout.

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Grasping For The Wind

My review of the second part of the Graphic Audio drama Vatta’s War: Trading in Danger Part 2 by Elizabeth Moon, which includes a small mea culpa, is now available for reading at SF Site.

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Grasping For The Wind

My review of the multi-cast performance of part one of Elizabeth Moon’s tale of a disgraced cadet who joins the family shipping and trading business can be found as a featured review at SF Site.

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I intend to keep my crew, my ship, and myself alive and if that takes killing all of you, I won’t hesitate.” Trading in Danger is the first book in the Vatta’s War series by Elizabeth Moon, and is one of the books that I constantly go back to wh...

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