The smell woke him. A chemical knife, it stabbed deep into his awareness; he was sitting bolt upright before he realized he was awake.
That miserable implant. Ky. It must be Ky trying to use the cranial implant. He staggered into the bathroom — the only logical excuse for waking so suddenly if someone had breached his security.
This is the fourth book in a series, and reading further on this page without having read the previous books might spoil some of your fun.
Rafe returns home to Nexus Two after years away, but something is wrong. His family is missing, but there is nothing in the news about it. Someone is trying to keep the disappearance a secret, and Rafe needs to find a way to figure out what has happened, and find his family.
Stella and Toby have settled down; Stella is trying hard to rebuild Vatta Enterprises, and Toby is doing what he can to help. Helped by a small terrier, and Toby's tinkering, they might just be able to pull it off, while Ky is out somewhere fighting her war.
I like watching the way Rafe works. This is the book where I really started to like Rafe; until now, he has been mainly a rougish scoundrel. In this book, we see a very different side of him, and I like it.
It is also quite amusing how saving a lost puppy might help save Vatta. There is a certain fairy tale feel in that.
In this book, Moon also introduces a rather entertaining character. One of the more flamboyant, reckless, and, well fun, characters in this series, in my opinion. Yes, I am thinking of Ransome, of course.
About the author Elizabeth Moon
Book 1: Trading in Danger (2003)
Book 2: Marque and Reprisal (2004) (alternative title Moving Target)
Book 3: Engaging the Enemy (2006)
Book 4: Command Decision (2007)
Book 5: Victory Conditions (2008)
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