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

by Elizabeth Moon
Apr 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, M.B. Van Dorn, Corrie James, Peter Stray, Sunny Lasskey, Sherri Simpson, Lily Beacon, Steven Carpenter, Michael John Casey, Elizabeth Jernigan, Michael Glenn, Thomas Penny, Jeff Baker, Karen Carbone, Colleen Delany, Tim Getman, James Lewis, David Coyne, James Konicek, Tom Simpson, Mort Shelby, Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Ken Jackson, Kate Foster and Chris Rohan
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Wilson T. Farrier
Dialogue Editors Nathanial Perry
Sound Designers Nathanial Perry
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


A Question of Balance by Catdaddy (Posted on 8/25/2018)
We begin this second half of “Rules of Engagement” with a blessed half-hour of relief, dealing with investigations rather than torture. But it doesn't last.

Much of the worst has already happened to our captives in the first half of the book, but we do continue to have to deal with their agonizing, generally futile struggles against their captors. There are moments of great heroism and even great compassion in this story, but the question is: do the halves of the plot balance?

In short, the answer is yes. By hour two, our heroine is making her own plans for escape. By hour three, her plans are well in motion. Even little successes are thrilling in contrast to the brutality of the scenes depicting her torture and enslavement. By hour four, the book is a master class in fist-pumping, nail-biting pacing. The fun is fully returned. It is also some relief to have the return of meddling Aunt Marcia in this half of the story. She's a good person, and flights on the right side of history.

It is worth noting that Elizabeth Moon has an irritating habit of short-changing the reunions and resolutions the listener has been waiting for, with some other these even happening offstage. And incidentally, the title is meaningless except for one tangential mention in the last 20 minutes.

As a whole. this reviewer simply cannot recommend the fifth book in the “Serrano Legacy” series. Let us hope the sixth remembers to bring back its sense of fun.
Review by Curtis Deer (Posted on 5/23/2013)
A great story and well made.

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