Command Decision

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Command Decision

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Command Decision (Vatta's War Series #4)

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Compact Disc, Tantor Media, 2008, ISBN13 9781400108305, ISBN10 1400108306
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I read this very quickly.

I read this very quickly. It was a great continuation of the series and managed to have a few twists in it as well as some usual predictable pieces too, which is good because it made it satisfying as a story. I like that there is a wide range of aspects to the series. More than just a series of space battles and shipboard routine. There are legal elements, corporate governance, organised crime and government. On top of all of that there is a good layer of human interaction and emotion from some flawed characters that you can empathise with.

Not the best book to read

Not the best book to read at bedtime - I was up until I was done. Everything's clearly coming together for the big finish, now that we're on book 4 of 5. I do appreciate the observation that 'life isn't a fairy-tale - though sometimes it seems like it.' (Sorry, lost the marker so paraphrasing from memory.) Toby is distracting in that he reminds me too much of Wesley Crusher, but I can forgive that, and just about anything, as this series is just such a kick.

Vatta's War series 1 T

Vatta's War series 1 Trading in Danger 2 Marque and Reprisal 3 Engaging the Enemy 4 Command Decision 5 Victory Conditions These 5 books are not so much a series as one long novel - there's one story arc, and you really need to read all five to get to the (satisfying) conclusion. (I somehow had the misapprehension that there were only 4 in the series - luckily the public library came through and got me #5 expediently!)Due to a misjudgement, Kylara Vatta, scion of an interstellar shipping business, gets kicked out of military academy shortly before graduation. She's pretty crushed by the end of her hopes for a military career, but there's always the family business to fall back on... or is there? Someone's apparently got it out for her family, and before Ky knows it, she's catapulted into the midst of a space war, seeking justice and vengeance against an unsavory alliance of pirates.These are first and foremost action-adventure books, with plenty of shoot-em-up scenes and an uncomplicated moral compass - you know who the 'bad guys' are, and although Ky is normally affected by the trauma of war (even seeking therapy at one point), she's always clearly on the side of right. The one thing I wished the story had was more exploration of the bad guys' motivations - OK, we know they're racist, and bigoted against 'modified' humans (people who've had either genetic or physical/technological augmentation), and of course they want power - but what's the story behind it all?However, the characters of the 'good guys' are well-drawn, and the story's definitely recommended for those who like strong female characters: there's Ky, with her military and strategic brilliance, her cousin Stella, who has the financial and business acumen to bring Vatta Enterprises back from the brink - and there's their grandmother, Grace, who is far from being the harmless old lady people might assume. (Grace might be my favorite character - it's wonderful to see an older woman portrayed with such verve.)As many have mentioned, there are some definite parallells here with Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. I'm not sure these are *quite* as good, but if you like one, I'd guess you'll like the other.

Part of a series of a sci

Part of a series of a science fiction family saga about the Vatta clan, this tells about three young family members at the onset of taking over huge responsibilities, each in a different capacity. Having not read others in the series, I felt that Moon did a good job of incorporating earlier stories without belaboring the catch-up. More technology than is my cup of tea, but plenty for those who like it.

I thought this one was a

I thought this one was a little better than the previous three. The characters are still good, and there really aren't any new ones. However, they seem to be settling down into their roles, and the action is good and varied. Its an interesting mix of business, corporate espionage, and space warfare. Its a little unbelievable that a young person with no experience can lead larger and larger groups of ships and do so successfully, but its still entertaining.
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