The fifth and final book in Moon's Vatta's War series is marred by the author's fondness for mustache-twirling villains cut from the very blackest of black cloth. But these characters are largely kept as offstage menaces, which allows Moon to focus on the more interesting conflicts between
likable characters with incompatible agendas. Despite one or two unresolved plot threads, this is a perfectly acceptable conclusion to the series.
This misconception cripples the resistance before it can solidify while seemingly dooming the budding romance between Ky Vatta and Rafe Dunbarger, the new CEO of ISC. Ky and Rafe are forced to overcome impediments both institutional and familial in their struggle to protect their worlds from conquest. (Del Rey, Feb., 416 pp., $26.00)