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Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon: a review

That said: Moon is a master plotter, an efficient writer, and truly excellent at character creation. This is a complex novel on several levels. Besides the warfare, there are two very different political environments, fleet politics, family disagreements, on-board relationships, and a young woman finding herself. Moon integrates these various threads more effectively than anyone else writing military SF. I like this stuff; wish she’d return to it.

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Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon: a review

Elizabeth Moon takes the standard elements of Space Opera–FTL drives, ansible communications, scattered (and largely independent) nation-state planets, nasty pirates, slavers, privateers, mercenaries–and mixes them a bit differently than is common in the genre. Her isolated cultures, in particular, are exceptionally well-considered and consistently drawn. She’s also got a knack for story-telling that’s really quite delightful.

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Change of Command by Elizabeth Moon: a review

This was the first book I read in this series, and it caused me to hunt down the rest of them. The characters are convincing enough to get your attention, and you’ll quickly decide whether the intricate story interests or frustrates you.

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Rules of Engagement by Elizabeth Moon: a short review

This is my personal favorite of Moon’s Serrano books. Yes, it’s a bizarre story, the NuTex characters are outlandish, and truly offensive things happen to people throughout the story. But it’s well-plotted, the characters are believable (albeit a little extreme), and the book mostly works as a stand-alone novel. And the rescue at the heart of the yarn is nicely executed.

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