Kylara Vatta, risk-taking, rule-breaking, can-do heroine of Trading in Danger, is back in business--the kind thatís anything but usual--in the new military science fiction adventure by ace action storyteller Elizabeth Moon.
The exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground--but Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her familyís fleet . . . and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off: because this time, the war has come to her. To be exact, someone unknown has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Kyís fatherís interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Kyís family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive.
Determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her familyís name, Ky needs not only firepower but information. And she gets both in spades--from the band of stranded mercenaries she hooks up with, from her black-sheep cousin, Stella, whoís been leading a secret life, and from Stellaís roguish ex-lover, Rafe. Together they struggle to penetrate the tangled web of political intrigue thatís wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, whose effective operation their own livelihoods--and perhaps lives--depend on.
But the infighting proves to be infectious, and it isnít long before Kyís hired military muscle are turning their suspicions on the enigmatic Rafe, whose wealth ofknowledge about ISCís clashing factions and startling new technologies has begun to make him smell like a rat . . . or a mole. With swift, violent destruction a very real possibility, the last thing Ky needs is a crew divided against itself--and sheís prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Vatta stays in business, as well as in one piece.
What sheís not prepared for is the shocking truth behind the terror- and a confrontation with murderous treachery from a source as unexpected as it is unrelenting.