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Serrano Legacy
4 : Once a Hero (2 of 2)

by Elizabeth Moon
Jan 1, 2009
6 Hours
Ages 13+
Esmay Suiza wasn't a member of a great Navy family like the Serranos. She'd had to make her way on grit alone, which meant it wasn't likely she'd ever make admiral and "hoist her own flag." Well, that was fine with her: all Esmay wanted was a secure berth where she could be part of something greater than herself, and otherwise just live her life in peace. But what we want or think we want from life and what we get are seldom the same-and one day Esmay found herself in the middle of a space battle, and the senior surviving officer in a mutiny against a traitorous captain. Suddenly she has no choice: she must take command and win-and thereby become both the youngest and lowest-ranking member of Fleet ever to win a major battle. While Esmay may not want to be a hero, it looks like she just can't help it, because Once A Hero...

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Director & Cast

Director Nanette Savard
Starring Nanette Savard, Elisabeth Demery, Sherri Simpson, Peter Stray, Kate Foster, Scott McCormick, James Konicek, David Coyne, Tom Simpson, Tim Carlin, Jeff Baker, Tim Getman, Mort Shelby, Thomas Penny, Eric Messner, Michael Glenn, Sunny Lasskey, Jason Stiles, Dylan Lynch, Andy Clemence, Ken Jackson, Richard Rohan, Colleen Delany, and Terence Aselford
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Wilson T. Farrier
Dialogue Editors Nathanial Perry and Temesgen Wubneh
Sound Designers Nathanial Perry and Temesgen Wubneh
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


'Serrano Legacy' Hits its Stride by Catdaddy (Posted on 10/15/2015)
Despite the quiet character development of Part One of this book, this half begins with a fabulously tense scene in the first hour. It's well worth the wait. Here also, the slow build of the first five hours gives us ample payoff in Part II. The story has one hell of a third act: a terrific battle in space. It ends more quietly, with a very long - but necessary - coda. But ultimately, this is the Serrano Legacy at its finest yet. Despite the expositional challenges of the initial half-hour of Part I, “Once a Hero" is solid listening with or without having heard the previous three books. Very highly recommended.

The drama is largely a very mild PG – 13, except for a brief scene of strong violence early in hour three, and discussion of childhood trauma essential to the story. As with all of GA’s Elizabeth Moon adaptations, there is virtually no strong language.
Review by Curtis Deer (Posted on 5/23/2013)
This on had some interesting turns - keep make them.

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