Moon keeps the reader guessing with clever plotting and surprises galore. Ky
is courageous and stubborn, brave and impulsive. Her crew and the various aliens they encounter make for an appealing secondary cast, with Rafe an engaging anti-hero. Light on technology and heavy on human drama, this is space opera of the highest order. Moon combines elements
of military SF, mystery and soap opera
to produce a tale that space aficionados and non-SF readers alike will enjoy.NOTE: This is the second entry in the Vatta's War series.

intrepid space pilot Kylara Vatta is back in danger and on the run. Her career as ship captain has barely begun when Ky finds out an unknown enemy is out to ruin her family and its vast interstellar holdings.

When much of her family is killed in a brutal series of attacks, she must rely on her own cunning to survive. A band of stranded mercenaries, Ky's black-sheep cousin Stella and Stella's bad-boy ex-lover Rafe are her only allies. While Ky is drawn to Rafe, the rest of her crew views him with suspicion. Ky must struggle to keep the peace among her own people while she searches for the truth behind the devastating attacks.

(Sep., 336 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jen Talley Exum