Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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"Book Fourteen in the best-selling Vorkosigan series. Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life of a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Ivan, cousin to Imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, Ivan's chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril. Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret of which even she may not be aware. It's a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barayarran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan's facade of wry and self-effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch --up to and including making the ultimate sacrifice to keep her from harm: the treasured and hard-won freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar. About Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga: "Fans have been clamoring for Hugo winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel. her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot."--Publishers Weekly on Cryoburn "Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development...[E]normously satisfying."--Publishers Weekly. "One of sf's outstanding talents. an outstanding series."--Booklist ". an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils. with that extra spicing of romance."--Locus About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity: "Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes. fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting."--Publishers Weekly"--
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, 2012
Description: 422 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781451638646
1451638647
9781451638455
1451638450
Branch Call Number: Bujo

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Knitwit50
Oct 23, 2013

The Vorkosigan series is one of the best sci-fi (or for that matter ANY) series around. The characters are memorable, the adventures astounding and the shenanigans of the characters will make you laugh out loud.

rdavis1902 Apr 29, 2013

This is in my recently returned list Why do you say I still have it out?

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lij
Jan 28, 2013

This whole series is great with fully drawn likeable characters who develop over time, including Ivan. He's often, to his horror, drawn into his cousin Miles' machinations and the butt of other characters' jokes or ire but here he gets to be hero, in a way that is consistent with his previous appearances and his background. Just a note, this book is set before the last Miles book, when they are turning 35. I'm glad Lois McMaster Bujold decided to fill in this gap in giving us Ivan's story.

LJHan Jan 11, 2013

Love Bujold's Vorkosigan saga novels. Ivan, while he might have been a mere "background" character in another writer's books, has always been important--not Miles important; Miles wouldn't accept that--in Bujold books. After Ivan's larger roles in "Memory", "Komarr" and "A Civil Campaign", he was due for a larger role. Nice to see he got his own story and he won't be a lonely bachelor. Now, due next is a story from Emperor Gregor's point of view...!

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ahsimlibrarian
Dec 14, 2012

Lois McMaster Bujold is so, so good at what she does. She writes wonderful characters that you would follow anywhere. She writes stories with great dialogue, political intrigue, humor, psychological depth and insight, romance and action. Once you start the Vorkosigan series you are almost guaranteed to read them all. This is the first book featuring Ivan as the main character; he's always played for levity in the other books and is here, too. This is a great book for fans and first time readers, too.

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