Engaging the Enemy

He woke to the sound of a comunit chime, his heart pounding. Who would call at this hour? No calls should have been passed through; his valet should have woken him...his hand was scrabbling on the bedside console when he realized that it was his internal unit, his skullphone.

"Look under your pillow," a voice whispered. The line went dead.


This is the third book in a series, and reading further on this page without having read the previous books might spoil some of your fun.

The story:

With Osman dead, Ky now has two ships; old Gary Tobai, and the faster, and armed, Fair Kaleen. Two ships. Not much of a fleet. But Ky has an idea. If she can get enough other ships to cooperate with her, perhaps they can actually do something about the pirate threat.

Back on Slotter Key the ansible is still not up, and someone is still after Vatta. But Grace Vatta is also after whoever helped attack her family. Though most think of her as a batty old woman, Grace is much more than that. Something her enemies will soon discover.

About the book:

Again, the difference between a military ship and a civilian one is obvious. Granted, Ky's ship is not formally a military ship, but a lot of the rest is there; the mindset, the discipline and more.

I am also intrigued by Cascadia; the excessive politeness is entertaining, and the justice system is, for lack of a better word, interesting.

Then there is the puppy. There is a fun twist involving the puppy here as well; I cannot remember ever having seen an SF author (or any other author) use a lost puppy in quite this way before.

The characters are also becoming more alive, especially Stella, but also Aunt Grace, Rafe, and some of the others. I am not entirely certain what it is with Moon and old aunts, but there is definitely something. Here, it might only be Aunt Grace, but the Serrano series is full of them.

That is not a complaint. I like the old aunts. They are fun, and fairly original, though Aunt Grace is a bit more direct than the aunts from the Serrano series.

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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