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Description - Rules of Engagement by Elizabeth Moon

Esmay Suiza, one of Fleet's most gifted young officers, and Brun Meager, daughter of the Speaker of the Grand Council, have a lot in common - they're both bright, brave, likeable and adventurous. But far from becoming the best of friends, a string of misunderstandings leads to a very public argument, and their enmity is soon the talk of Copper Mountain training base. When Brun falls into the hands of a fanatical religious militia movement Esmay finds herself in disgrace, suspected of conniving in Brun's abduction. Far from hating her, however, Esmay understands Brun better than anyone else, and knows that she has the best chance of coming up with a plan to save her. But will anyone in Fleet listen long enough to give her a second chance? RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is the fifth volume of The Serrano Legacy, an action-packed science fiction series from this highly acclaimed author. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857239645
ISBN-10: 1857239644
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 108mm x mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Rules of Engagement by Elizabeth Moon

US Kirkus Review » Science fiction about the far future's powerful military families, a sequel to Moon's Once a Hero (1997). As Lt. Esmay Suiza - she of the seriously bad hair and knack for getting into hot water - joins her officer training course, she's requested to nursemaid the talented but wayward civilian Brun Meager, daughter of Lord Thornbuckle, the Familias Regnant's head honcho. Brun wants to party, but Esmay's taking double classes - and when the red-hot Brun starts flirting with Esmay's beloved, Barin Serrano, the emotionally inexperienced Esmay explodes and bawls Bran out. Unfortunately, the media record the scene and Esmay finds herself vilified, reprimanded, and shunted off to the unglamorous Search & Rescue branch of the Fleet. Worse, Thornbuckle blames Esmay for Brun's plight, and she breaks up with Barin after accusing him of sleeping with Brun (he didn't). In a huff, Brun decides to tour her family's holdings in space, but makes the mistake of detouring through the system where the New Texas Godfearing Militia has just seized a freighter carrying illicit arms. The Militia consists of fascist religious crazies who kidnap and enslave women and children. They grab Brun, then beat, rape, and impregnate her, and murder everybody else. Esmay, executive officer aboard an SAR investigating vessel, finds debris and grisly remains, but it's a long time before she can track the crazies to their home planet. Poor Bran, meanwhile, gives birth to twins (for whom she feels nothing) and escapes just as Fleet's rescue gets under way. Esmay, back in favor after some manipulating by senior members of the Serrano clan (she finally gets a good haircut, too), gets in on the action - and, of course, Barin still loves her. Great female characters, vigorous plotting, a solid military-family backdrop, but not enough action to keep everyone on board. (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.

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