Esmay Suiza, a very junior-grade lieutenant from a non-Fleet family, had surprised herself and everyone else by becoming the youngest and lowest-ranking member of Fleet ever to win a major battle. Finding herself the senior surviving officer in a mutiny against a treacherous captain, she'd had no choice - it was do or die. And she'd risen to the challenge with flying colours, saving Heris Serrano and her crew in the process. But instead of offering congratulations, Fleet are barraging her with awkward questions. And her actions, successful though they were, have landed her in the firing line of a court martial for treason ...ONCE A HERO is the fourth volume of The Serrano Legacy, an action-packed science fiction series from an author who has 'established herself as one of the best-known and most acclaimed writers of SF adventure' (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
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More military sf from the author of Remnant Population (1996, not seen) and several paperbacks. Young Lieutenant (j.g.) Esmay Suiza, a classic underachiever, faces a court martial for mutiny. Fortunately, though, her superiors realize that she was actually the hero: She defeated the mutineers aboard her ship, then took command and destroyed an attacking warship. So she's promoted and reassigned to Koskiusko, a huge deep spacerepair ship, where agents of the barbarian-warrior Bloodhorde are already working to disable the ship's autodestruct - so that when a small Bloodhorde invasion force successfully boards Koskiusko, the captain can't destroy his vessel. Esmay, thanks to her recent combat experience, plays a leading role in regaining control of Koskiusko and defeating the Bloodhorde ships that arrive to capture her. But why can't Esmay fully realize her potential combat talents? Well, as a young girl on planet Altiplano, she was brutally raped during a civil war - and her military family rigidly denied the entire experience, leaving Esmay with psychological scars she will need therapy to overcome. Always enthralling and sometimes exciting, despite a few annoying shifts of focus, with excellent characters, impeccable military presence, and satisfying complications. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon joined the US Marine Corps in 1968, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant during active duty. She has also earned degrees in history and biology, run for public office and been a columnist on her local newspaper. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband and their son.