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Serrano Legacy
5 : Rules of Engagement (1 of 2)

by Elizabeth Moon
Mar 1, 2009
6 Hours
Ages 13+
Esmay Suiza and Brun Meager should be friends-they're both bright, brave, likable and adventurous. But true friendship doesn't run any smoother than true love. Brun thinks Esmay's a stuck-up prig, and Esmay thinks Brun's a spoiled rich brat who's making a play for Barin Serrano, Esmay's first love. So when Brun falls into the hands of a repressive religious militia movement, Esmay finds herself n disgrace, suspected of conniving at the capture. Even Barin, now being pursued by the beautiful and ambitious Casea Ferradi, has turned against her, and Brun's powerful family doesn't want Esmay anywhere near the rescue attempt.

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Director & Cast

Director Nanette Savard
Starring Nanette Savard, Elisabeth Demery, Sunny Lasskey, Peter Stray, Jeff Baker, Thomas Penny, James Konicek, Mort Shelby, Jonathan Watkins, Tim Getman, James Lewis, Andy Clemence, David Coyne, Michael Glenn, Tom Simpson, M.B. Van Dorn, Richard Rohan, Christopher Graybill, Colleen Delany, Tim Carlin, Ken Jackson, Steven Carpenter, Lily Beacon, Elizabeth Jernigan, Dylan Lynch, Scott McCormick, Terence Aselford, Sherri Simpson, Karen Carbone and Bobby Aselford
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Wilson T. Farrier
Dialogue Editors Bryan Patton and Temesgen Wubneh
Sound Designers Bryan Patton and Temesgen Wubneh
Additional Original Music Bryan Patton, Temesgen Wubneh, Nathanial Perry and Dan Smith
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Upsetting - And NOT Fun by Catdaddy (Posted on 8/25/2018)
You may want to look again at the cover image for this story before proceeding. The story brings the Serrano novels' narrative tracks together: Esmay Suiza, now training for command, meets Bryn, herself also gaining military discipline. Their different background make for some interesting if soapy frisson.

This time, our bad guys, instead of being quasi-Teutonic fascists, seem to already have two strikes on them as they are portrayed: they are profoundly misogynistic, religious ultra-conservatives… and they sound quite Texan. It is clear within 2 1/2 hours where the 12 hour story's plot is headed.

But let us return to that cover. At the end of hour 3 is a scene of disturbing violence that turns the story relentlessly dark and deeply frustrating for more than 45 almost-unbearable minutes. The entire second half of “Rules of Engagement Part One” – the remaining three hours – cross-cuts between Bryn’s suffering and the search-and-rescue operation. Though these latter scenes are written with Elizabeth Moon's customary attention to detail and character, they cannot outweigh the seemingly arbitrary, righteous brutality of Bryn’s torture. Even the breakpoint of the two volumes of this book seems utterly capricious.

The plight of our heroine is so dire that it kicked this reviewer out of the drama entirely- and I'm a fan of Dante Valentine. Here the violence all too realistic, and frankly hard for the listener to bear. I only completed the story to authenticate this review.

This is not the fault of GraphicAudio. Their production is customarily well-directred and acted. But Elizabeth Moon seems to be exercising a personal grudge against conservative sexism. Ultimately, this reviewer found himself listening to the story more out of duty then pleasure. For the first time in my long experience with GraphicAudio, I did not want to finish the book.

The Serrano series has generally been worth a high recommendation. This book, however, is definitively not.
Teeth gritting revenge-anger by Sheriff Scarlet (Posted on 11/15/2016)
This of the series seems to make one hold onto a lot more angst. The villainy of the New Texas Rangers that commit acts of such heinous ferocity makes for a riveting listen. The listeners sense of wanting a solid revenge is strong. The story hold good volume and 'rolls' solid to the end.
However the reciprocal ferocity with which the Rangers are hit back at the end seems a little disappointing. Don't expect a smack-down for that, that the Rangers were guilty of.
Overall a good very good listen. Thanks eMoon.
Good by Aaron (Posted on 1/12/2014)
Great story line, but it can get a little tedious at times, but thats in the author. Great job GA!
A by Aaron (Posted on 1/12/2014)
very good series, but it can get a little tedious at times, but thats on the author, not GA. Great listen.
Review by Curtis Deer (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Great - very different twist

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