Engaging the Enemy (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 28, 2006 - Fiction - 401 pages
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For fans of fast-paced adventure and compelling characters, the military science fiction of Nebula Award—winning author Elizabeth Moon is the perfect choice.

The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta, black-sheep scion of Vatta Transport Ltd., one of the galaxy’s wealthiest merchant houses, is a heroine like no other, blessed with a killer instinct for business and for battle. Now, in the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that have left her parents dead and the Vatta shipping empire shattered, Kylara faces her greatest challenge yet.

There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. This is decidedly the latter. Placing her cousin Stella in command of the trading vessel Gary Tobai, Ky embarks aboard the captured pirate ship Fair Kaleen on a twofold mission: to salvage the family business and to punish those responsible for the killings . . . before they strike again.

Since the network providing instantaneous communication between star systems has been sabotaged, news is hard to come by and available information impossible to trust. But as she travels from system to system, with Stella a step behind, Ky pieces together the clues and discovers a conspiracy of terrifying scope, breathtaking audacity, and utter ruthlessness.

The only hope the independent systems and merchants have against this powerful enemy is to band together. Unfortunately, because she commands a ship known to belong to a notorious pirate–her own relative Osman Vatta, whom she killed for his part in her parents’ deaths–Ky is met with suspicion, if not outright hostility. Rumors swirl about her intent, her very identity. Soon even Stella begins to question her cousin’s decisions and her authority to make them.

Meanwhile, the conspiracy Ky hunts is hunting her in turn, with agents insinuated into every space station, every planetary government, every arm of the military, and every merchant house–including her own. Before she can take the fight to the enemy, Kylara must survive a deadly minefield of deception and betrayal.


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Great plot, great stores, great read. - Goodreads
Solid writing, decent plotting and action. - Goodreads
This book almost has a real ending. - Goodreads

Review: Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War #3)

User Review  - Kater Cheek - Goodreads

I liked this book, and I liked it well enough to immediately go out and purchase the next in the series, but I think in many ways it's the weakest of the novels. Or maybe I'm just over the excitement ... Read full review

Review: Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War #3)

User Review  - erforscherin - Goodreads

(2.5 of 5 stars) I have no idea why this book is even necessary. There's absolutely nothing here - or in the last book either, for that matter - that couldn't have been summarized in a few chapters so ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
20
Section 4
36
Section 5
52
Section 6
65
Section 7
79
Section 8
95
Section 15
217
Section 16
233
Section 17
251
Section 18
265
Section 19
281
Section 20
298
Section 21
315
Section 22
332

Section 9
112
Section 10
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Section 11
151
Section 12
168
Section 13
184
Section 14
202
Section 23
347
Section 24
364
Section 25
378
Section 26
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About the author (2006)

Elizabeth Moon is the author of many novels, including Marque and Reprisal, Trading in Danger, Nebula Award­winner The Speed of Dark, Against the Odds, Change of Command, and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, she spent three years in the Marine Corps, then earned a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas.


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