Command Decision (#4)

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After orchestrating a galaxy-wide failure of the communications network owned and maintained by the powerful ISC corporation, Turek and his marauders strike swiftly and without mercy. First they shatter Vatta Transport. Then they overrun entire star systems, growing stronger and bolder. No one is safe from the pirate fleet. But while they continue to move forward with their diabolical plan, they have made two critical mistakes.

Their first mistake was killing Kylara Vatta’s family.

Their second mistake was leaving her alive.

Now Kylara is going to make them pay.But with a “fleet” consisting of only three ships–including her flagship, the Vanguard, a souped-up merchant cruiser–Kylara needs allies, and fast. Because even though she possesses the same coveted communication technology as the enemy, she has nowhere near their numbers or firepower.

Meanwhile, as Kylara’ s cousin Stella tries to bring together the shattered pieces of the family trading empire, new treachery is unfolding at ISC headquarters, where undercover agent Rafael Dunbarger, estranged son of the corporation’s CEO, is trying to learn why the damaged network is not being repaired. What he discovers will send shock waves across the galaxy and crashing into Kylara’s newly christened Space Defense Force at the worst possible moment.


“Strong female leads, terrific action and complications aplenty; should grab existing fans and win new converts.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“The frequent FTL (faster than light) jumps between Ky’s deep-space engagements, Rafe’s reluctant boardroom battles, Grace’s wily machinations and Stella’s expert financial calculations keep the excitement level high.”

Publishers Weekly

“Nebula Award winner Moon handles action and intrigue with equal skill; her characters are varied and believable. With particular appeal for fans of the “Honor Harrington” series and dynastic sf, this novel is recommended, along with series predecessors, for most sf collections.”

Library Journal

“One of scifi’s best military space series. The Serrano Legacy showed that Nebula Award winner Elizabeth Moon was a military SF writer to reckon with. Her more recent Vatta’s War series, a skillful blend of military SF with hard SF, the family saga and space opera, confirms Moon’s place with Lois McMaster Bujold and David Weber in the top tier of turn-of-the-millennium military SF writers.”

“A gripping series for those of us who enjoy yarns about ‘coming of age in space opera.'”


Awards & Accolades


#31 New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List


#5 Locus Hardcover and Mass Market Bestseller Lists