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What a great start to a series The best stories I ve ever read with a 21 year old MC.I thought I d signed up for a space opera with a swashbuckling female captain, pesky pirates and strange aliens Instead, I got level headed Ky who has a head for business and military training and a peek at a some complicated galactic corporate politics There were no romantic distractions, no over the top heroics, just pure pragmatism and creative problem solving in a very unlucky and dicey situation It made my logical little heart sing.Also, I thank the author for teaching me to never under estimate the power of fruitcake Trading in Danger Vatta s War 1 is an amazing, and very enjoyable, military scifi story with strong women as many of the lead characters The story isn t lesfic, and there is very little time spent on hetero romances There is though, lots and lots of time spent building a believable universe, with believable characters that are individually crafted, and lots of time spend on action The action is very personal the spacecraft and futuristic weaponry take backseats to the motivations, hopes, fears and actions of the many characters.The amount of detail presented is amazing First published in 2003, the book often sounds like it was written knowing how corporations communicate with customers today, 15 years laterDue to conditions beyond our control, public access to channels is restricted until further notice We apologize for any inconvenienceAt other times, the book presents details that are nearly mundane as individual items, but that together succeed in turning an adventure story into a rich tapestry of the lives of people living the adventures Trading in Danger is book 1 of the five part Vatta s War series All five books are narrated by Cynthia Holloway, whom I grew to like as narrator of the early Chicagoland Vampire books by Chloe Neill Her voice and cadence work terrifically for the book and the characters At nearly 14 hours long, there is lots of material in Trading in Danger , and yet it s so fast paced and enjoyable that it ends before you know it Highly recommended with a 5 rating. Kylara Vatta Is The Only Daughter In A Family Full Of Sons, And Her Father S Only Child To Buck Tradition By Choosing A Military Career Instead Of Joining The Family Business For Ky, It S No Contest Even Running The Prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd Shipping Concern Can T Hold A Candle To Shipping Out As An Officer Aboard An Interstellar Cruiser It S Adventure, Not Commerce, That Stirs Her Soul And Despite Her Family S Misgivings, There Can Be No Doubt That A Vatta In The Service Will Prove A Valuable Asset But With A Single Error In Judgment, It All Comes Crumbling DownExpelled From The Academy In Disgrace And Returning Home To Her Humiliated Family, A Storm Of High Profile Media Coverage, And The Gaping Void Of Her Own Future Ky Is Ready To Face The Inevitable Onslaught Of Anger, Disappointment, Even Pity But Soon After Opportunity S Door Slams Shut, Ky Finds Herself With A Ticket To Ride And A Shot At Redemption As Captain Of A Vatta Transport ShipIt S A Simple Assignment Escorting One Of The Vatta Fleet S Oldest Ships On Its Final Voyage To The Scrapyard But Keeping It Simple Has Never Been Ky S Style And Even Though Her Father Has Provided A Crew Of Seasoned Veterans To Baby Sit The Fledgling Captain On Her Maiden Milk Run, They Can T Stop Ky From Turning The Routine Mission Into A Risky Venture In The Name Of Turning A Profit For Vatta Transport, Of CourseBy Snapping Up A Lucrative Delivery Contract Defaulted On By A Rival Company, And Using Part Of The Proceeds To Upgrade Her Condemned Vehicle, Ky Aims To Prove She S Got Going For Her Than Just Her Family S Famous Name But Business Will Soon Have To Take A Backseat To Bravery, When Ky S Change Of Plans Sails Her And The Crew Straight Into The Middle Of A Colonial War For All Her Commercial Savvy, It S Her Military Training And Born Soldier S Instincts That Ky Will Need To Call On In The Face Of Deadly Combat, Dangerous Mercenaries, And Violent Mutiny From The Hardcover Edition Ahoy there me mateys I have been wanting to read a book by this author forever and was going to start with the novel, cold welcome I heard about the book from the review by Sarah brainfluff and immediately added it to the list Where it sat It sat there long enough for Sarah to review the second book in the series By luck or coincidence, I had just picked up cold welcome to read when I saw Sarah s review of book two which ended with This is recommended for fans of science fiction thrillers though ideally, you should first read the Vatta s War series and Cold Welcome I hadn t realized there was another series and I trust Matey Sarah So I immediately put cold welcome on the back burner and got ahold of this one instead.I absolutely loved it I sat and read avidly and completed the book in one session The novel started out with a bang The protagonist, Vatta, is expelled for military school but doesn t know why How cool is that Sent home in disgrace, her wealthy family gives her a pity mission She has to Captain a cargo ship to a port where she will deliver the cargo and then sell the ship for scrap Her crew are all older and it is supposed to be a milk mission to let time pass and Vatta s disgrace fade out of the media spotlight But Vatta has other ideas which of course don t go according to plan.Vatta was a fantastic protagonist intelligent, clever, calm under pressure, and resourceful But she does make mistakes and has fears and concerns I loved watching her grow during the course of the book I thought the other crew members were excellent characters too if mostly in the background The plot was excellent and fun This was a perfect read in a perfect moment I will certainly be reading of this series Arrr Side note I thought this was the first book I had ever read by the author But apparently she also wrote the Paksenarrion series I read omnibus, the deed of paksenarrion, back in the day Sadly, me only memories of these books were that I liked them Nothing in me noggin about it Sigh.Check out me other reviews at A very enjoyable read, if you wanting mega firefights with fancy out of this world technical jargon with spaceships or battle scenes with fancy weaponry then this not for want a great character driven storyline, which deals with lifes ups and downs and how people react with those around them and handle what get chucked at us dealing with it all in the best possible way we can We do our best.what dosent kill us makes us a better stronger person to deal with the next thing life brings to us and ours.A great start, this is I what remembered reading in the authors Pak fantasy series and enjoying. Military space actiony stuff, which sadly pales in comparison to Lois McMaster Bujold, who besides stuff like Star Wars, I guess provided my first exposure to that genre The problem, I think, is that there are really no developed, memorable characters in Trading in Danger besides the protagonist, Kylara Vatta, which means there s no one for her to bounce off of It made the whole story seem very narrow I also found the denouement rather clunky and dull I wouldn t be adverse to reading the next book in this series if I were, say, stuck in an airport somewhere, but I m certainly not rushing out to find it, either. I am too busy for life at the moment But, you know what I enjoyed the shit out of this. Man, what a fun book It pairs extremely well with C.J Cherryh s merchanter novels which I can t stop talking about, srynotsry , since the titular Vatta Corporation is a hereditary business of traders and transporters which involves the tangled web of family and business, the dogged push for the bottom line, rubbing elbows with galactic government and mercenaries.Their wayward daughter Kylara Vatta is ignobly expelled from a military academy for the mistake of trusting the wrong person, and winds up having to scrape her life back together and find her sea legs in the family business on her first run as captain only to wind up in an increasing morass of problems as the system they re in erupts into war The twists and turns are really engaging I finished this book in just a couple of days and I was especially riveted whenever we spent time with the Mackensee Military Assistance Corporation in reality an extremely organised group of mercenaries, with galactic ratings re whether or not they harm civilians and the InterStellar Communications Corporation the ISC, a communications company with an utterly savage monopoly on ansible technology, and who will straight up bring down the hammer on anyone who messes with their comms Seriously, I love these two organisations and hope they remain prominent in subsequent books There s a bit of competency porn in seeing them operate, especially in contrast to Ky having to fly by the seat of her pants which is not to say that she s inefficient, because she s actually great, level headed and capable and trying her best even when dealt a terrible hand I love that her greatest weakness is actually because of the asshole men around her.It s also great that some of the three most prominent characters Ky herself, Quincy, and Pitt are all ladies.The book s details of trade and profit and their scraping together enough to afford their various shipfaring costs might be a little dull, but I, personally, love that shit So this is all right up my alley, in the way it combines tradecraft mercenaries war SPACE.However I m docking a star because compared to Cherryh I m sorry, she s just going to be on my mind forever , the prose wasn t as lovely, and Ky is a little blank She s a reactive figure, bouncing from predicament to predicament and handling them, and there s some attempt at fleshing her out, but I never got a huge sense of her personality besides her problem solving capabilities The events of the book didn t ever tug at my emotional heartstrings, either, and just remained an exciting ride throughout I ll definitely continue with the rest of the series, though I can never get enough of merchant based space opera Well, this is a space opera type of novel told from the point of view of a young captain on her first voyage as the captain of a merchant vessel Direct from a shattering disappointment and possible scandal Kylara Vatta takes command of a small, obsolete trading vessel in her wealthy family s fleet Sent to sell the ship for scrap she has other potentially profitable ideas.But then does anything ever go as planned Not if you want an exciting novel It s almost as if someone had said, well at least nothing can go wrong on a trip like this and then followed it up with, what else can go wrong and then, well what s the worst that could happen I m a big fan of Ms Moon s Paksenarrion trilogy, however I wasn t able to get into the first effort of her s into space opera that I tried This one was really pretty good I got it from Audible and found it to be a good book read by an only fair reader It did lose my interest a bit a few times, mostly when Kylara was having some emotional internal dialog On the whole however I found the book surprisingly interesting considering it is about a trading vessel , well written and thoroughly characterized You ll get to know the people and the set up for the following volume s works well I like it and can recommend it I think even the hard science fiction sticklers will be okay with it While it doesn t try to explain ansibles or how it s FTL drive works Faster Than Light for the uninitiated it does recognize the possibility and the difference in an in system drive and an FTL It doesn t go into this in great detail which will be appreciated by other readers but it s there.As I said, good book, interesting story, good characters, 4 stars and recommended. Having read a later one in this 5 part space opera series several years back Vatta s War , I pursued this one to get at the beginnings of the story on its tough, no nonsense character, Ky Vatta She gets unfairly booted out of the space academy and takes on a job in her father s trading company transporting an old ship on its last shipping run on the way to sale for scrap On the way, she takes the initiative on an additional shipping contract for agricultural equipment and finds herself strapped for cash with a partially disabled ship and cut off due to an interplanetary war Tasked by some mercenaries to transport some officers of other commercial ships, she is challenged by mutiny and pirates Most of all, she has to overcome everyone s assumption she is just an easy mark and a spoiled scion of her doting father Coming only one year after her Nebula Award winning Speed of Dark, I was a little disappointed with the low excitement level of the plot It s not classed as YA, but it might as well have been Still it was a pleasant, fast read and had a nice snowballing effect in the way problems multiplied, allowing to grow emotionally and to develop her skills in problem solving and bold, brave action Effectively 3.5 stars for me compared to 4 stars for others explicitly military sci fi I have read Command Decision and Rules of Engagement.