Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: 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.
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.
A decent and fun space opera that kept me turning the pages and entertained. The book revolved more around a series of unfortunate events that kept the main character - Kyala Vatta - challanged, but not seriously overwhelmed. The challenges were realistic, not over the top, and seemed appropriate for the situation(s).
The author seems to have done her homework in regards to the medical issues presented - bleeding out from a neck wound, reduced rations and how to start eating again, but yet added a nice touch of the future with regen or "medical" tanks. It came across as plausible and realistic and added a authentic component to the story.
My one tiny complaint with the book was the writing style - it frequently came across as a bit stilted and formal, dare I say? With wording and intonation that would have been more appropriate for a period novel like Sense and Sensibility (maybe not quite that formal...) than a space opera revolving around a shipping captain.
Overall, an enjoyable read and I will probably seek out the next book in the series. Recommended.
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