By Elizabeth Moon
For enthusiasts of fast moving event and compelling characters, the army technology fiction of Nebula Award--winning writer Elizabeth Moon is the proper choice.
The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta, black-sheep scion of Vatta delivery Ltd., one of many galaxy's wealthiest service provider homes, is a heroine like no different, blessed with a killer intuition for enterprise and for conflict. Now, within the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that experience left her mom and dad lifeless and the Vatta delivery empire shattered, Kylara faces her maximum problem yet.
There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. this is often decidedly the latter. putting her cousin Stella accountable for the buying and selling vessel Gary Tobai, Ky embarks aboard the captured pirate send reasonable Kaleen on a twofold venture: to salvage the kin enterprise and to punish these chargeable for the killings . . . sooner than they strike again.
Since the community offering on the spot conversation among big name structures has been sabotaged, information is tough to return by way of and to be had details most unlikely to belief. yet as she travels from procedure to procedure, with Stella a step at the back of, Ky items jointly the clues and discovers a conspiracy of terrifying scope, breathtaking audacity, and utter ruthlessness.
The purely desire the autonomous platforms and retailers have by contrast robust enemy is to band jointly. regrettably, simply because she instructions a boat identified to belong to a infamous pirate--her personal relative Osman Vatta, whom she killed for his half in her parents' deaths--Ky is met with suspicion, if no longer outright hostility. Rumors swirl approximately her rationale, her very id. quickly even Stella starts off to query her cousin's judgements and her authority to make them.
Meanwhile, the conspiracy Ky hunts is looking her in flip, with brokers insinuated into each area station, each planetary executive, each arm of the army, and each service provider house--including her personal. ahead of she will be able to take the struggle to the enemy, Kylara needs to continue to exist a dangerous minefield of deception and betrayal.
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Extra info for Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, Book 3)
Far too easily—unless the stories were lies. She did not think they were. She did not know whether he would take a life just to get across a river quickly, but she feared he might. This made her begin to think of escaping from him. It made her think longingly of her people, her compound, her home . . Yet she made herself womanly for him at night. He never had to ask her to do this. She did it because she wanted to, because in spite of her doubts and fears, he pleased her very much. She went to him as she had gone to her first husband, a man for whom she had cared deeply, and to her surprise, Doro treated her much as her first husband had.
People too valuable to be casually killed," he said. " He gave her a long silent look, then spoke with that same softness. "I may have to go to them, Anyanwu. " She could not recall ever having been threatened so gently—or so effectively. Her sons . . "Come," she whispered. " With concealed excitement, Doro followed the small, wizened woman to her tiny compound. The compound wall—made of red clay and over six feet high—would give them the privacy Anyanwu wanted. "My sons would do you no good," she told him as they walked.
He was young—not yet thirty, she thought. Surely too young to be any threat to her. Yet something about him worried her. His sudden openness after so much stealth, perhaps. Who was he? What did he want? When he was near enough, he spoke to her, and his words made her frown in confusion. They were foreign words, completely incomprehensible to her, but there was a strange familiarity to them—as though she should have understood. She stood up, concealing uncharacteristic nervousness. " she asked. He lifted his head slightly as she spoke, seemed to listen.
Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, Book 3) by Elizabeth Moon