"Outer space action thriller"
Captain Kylara Vatta works hard at getting her ancient
spaceship ready so that she can make money trading and to
learn what happened on planet Lastway where an assault
destroyed communications. When her vessel ready, she uses
her Aunt Gracie's diamond-stuffed fruitcake to hire
mercenaries to protect her and other independent ships as
they begin the trek to Lastway.
An offensive on planet Slotter Key destroys and kills most
of Ky's family and destroys her family's Headquarters;
communications are once again devastated. Ky vows to help
other Vatta survivors and to learn who the enemy is and why
Vatta is the target or is it something even bigger like the
ISC monopoly; ultimately she plans to destroy their foes.
Ky rescues two Vatta survivors, agent Stella and ship's
apprentice Toby, and obtains help from handsome secret
agent rogue Rafe Madeston as she confronts another Vatta
vessel, but to attack when they may be family or to remain
passive when they may be foe is the question; hesitation
could mean death yet rashness could mean killing kin.
The outer space action on and off planet is incredible as
the pace is way faster than the sped of light. Even with
the fantastic adventures, the cast is fully developed
especially the heroine who faces The Lady or the Tiger
dilemma with a wrong choice proving fatal either to her and
her crew or to family survivors. The secondary players add
depth to making the action believable yet exhilarating as
Ky must decide in nanoseconds what to do.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted September 5, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007