Rules of Engagement

When she'd learned that Esmay Suiza was coming here, to Copper Mountain - that she might even be in the same classes - she had been so certain that her luck was running true. Here at last was the woman who could help her be like that, help her combine her uncooperative past experiences into the self she wanted to be.

And now her father had ruined it. He had treated Suiza as a professional, worthy of respect; he had made it clear he thought Brun was a headstrong child. What would Esmay Suiza think now - what could she think, when the Speaker of the Grand Council, her own father, had presented her that way? It was impossible that Suiza could see her as a competent adult.


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

The story:

After helping to save the Koskiusko, Esmay is sent to Copper Mountain to take the courses necessary for her switch to command track. Here, she meets Brun, who is here to get some training of her own. And while she finds it difficult to dislike Brun, it is obvious that Brun does not understand how serious this training is, for Esmay, and the others, whose careers depend on the courses they are taking.

When Brun starts chasing Barin, it gets worse. Esmay is too busy studying to spend much time with Barin herself, and though older than Brun, she is not experienced when it comes to having a boyfriend.

A heated argument between Brun and Esmay should have been no more than that, but the media somehow found out about the argument, leaving Esmay in a bit of trouble.

When something happens to Brun, Esmay will have to face the consequences of her angry words to Brun, consequences that may really impact her career in the RSS.

As for Brun, she will discover that there are situations money and a winning personality cannot get her out of.

About the book:

In my opinion, this is the best of the books so far. The military touch is still there, the military mentality is still very well reflected.

Moon's characters have gained more depth; Brun, Esmay, but also others. And finally, the bad guys are less two-dimensional as well. They are still bad guys, but I find them more credible than earlier bad guys. Some of that may be because we get a glimpse into their culture, how they live on their own planets, not just see them as raiders attacking the Familias.

In some ways, I also find the bad guys more disturbing. They are more familiar than earlier bad guys, in that it is easy to find similar groups in our own world, our own time. I might even feel a bit sorry for them, or at least the one whose head we get a glimpse inside.

About the author Elizabeth Moon

Book 1: Hunting Party
Book 2: Sporting Chance
Book 3: Winning Colors
Book 4: Once a Hero
Book 6: Change of Command
Book 7: Against the Odds

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