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After the audacious prison camp escapade described in Borders of Infinity, Miles is on the run from the Cetagandans, who aren't about to take that kind of thing lying down. The worst of it is, Miles and his friends are starting to see double, and it takes a while to find out who is responsible. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
The Reader's Chair furthers its excellent and comprehensive coverage of Hugo Award-winning Bujold's signature series with this latest installment in the operatic Miles Vorkosigan adventure saga. With the short story "The Borders of Infinity" as a point of departure, Barrayaran lord Miles, his alter ego Admiral Naismith, and his army of Dendarii mercenaries arrive on Earth for much needed repairs following an intrepid covert rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. While on Earth, Miles is confronted with some of the most intriguing and complex plot and psychological developments involving a clone of himself, assassination attempts, and the outing of Miles's dual identities. Stalwart regulars Elli Quinn and Ivan Vorpatril are back for another hitch in addition to some fascinating new characters. Veteran readers Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan once again narrate, with Hanson seamlessly combining the demanding expository chores with his deft and considerable vocal range with multiple characters. The story is blissfully unbroken by introductory comments, chapter breaks, or cassette beginning/ending notations. Brothers in Arms, while not best suited as a standalone, will be enjoyed independent of the series structure, but with the entire Vorkosigan constellation increasingly taking full audio shape, it would be a shame for standard sf collections not to have the entire canon available. Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
In this story, Miles and the Free Dendarii mercenaries reach Earth on the run from Cetagandans bent on getting revenge for the mass prison break Miles engineered in Borders of Infinity. Miles is assigned to a junior position in the Barrayaran Embassy on Earth, where he finds himself making frequent quick changes between his two personnae of Lord Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith. His intended vacation on Earth quickly turns into chaos, racing against enemies who are plotting against both Naismith and Vorkosigan.
The action has a wild pace, fueled by numerous plot twists. The complaint of one reviewer that the story relies on some implausible coincidences is justified, but I don't think most readers will be very troubled. What puts Bujold above almost all other writers of SF adventure is that her stories are grounded in strongly realized characters. The plots are planned out very carefully - in rereading this novel, I spotted numerous points where Bujold is foreshadowing not only events a few chapters later, but also events in the sequels. The result is a completely enjoyable read that is also substantive.
Well, for one, Earth has a Barrayaran embassy. And, lo and behold, Miles' handsome cousin Ivan just happens to be there. Miles reports into the chief of staff, Captain Galeni, who just happens to be from Komarr and whose family was butchered during the Komarr revolution. Walking on eggshells is something Miles was born to do, and he has ample opportunity to do just that.
Soon, there are complications. The promised payment from the Imperial headquarters does not arrive. Is it Galeni's fault or is something else going on.
On top of it all, Miles has fallen head over heals for Elli Quinn. She's one of the few who know the truth behind Naismith and Miles Vorkosigan. But Miles feels his grasp of his dual character is slipping, and even starts to see and feel like a double.
A bit of an unexpected twist in this story makes it feel like McMaster Bujold is reaching somewhat. Of course we'd all have liked a bit more of her view of what Earth has become, but there's precious little of that. Still, her writing is as skillful as ever, and the characterisation and dialogue, as always, are superb. A move forward in Miles' private life is long awaited and a welcome read.
After the daring rescue from the prison camp in Borders of Infinity, Miles (in his Admiral Naismith guise) and his mercenary fleet run to Earth after being chased by Cetagandan assasination squads. Naismith now has a price on his head, and he's trying to lie low. What better place than a backwater like Earth? And what better way to do it than to become his "real" persona again, Miles Vorkosigan, thus making Admiral Naismith disappear for awhile? Unfortunately for him, that's easier said than done, as one event keeps building on another, until he's knee deep in it all again.
This is another great entry in the series, as Miles once again gets to show his quick thinking, and how that quick thinking sometimes leads to even worse problems. Most of the time, Miles is like one of those guys who balances the spinning plates, frantically running from pole to pole to keep the plates spinning before they fall off and break. Watching him do this is half the fun of the series.
The characters really make this book, though. Some of the situations are extremely contrived (I'm not sure I buy Miles' reasoning for why he came up with a story that just happens to have been true), but you care about the characters involved and you want to see how they get out of the situation. There is some character progression for Miles and Elli Quinn that was long needed. The book also introduces a couple of new characters who are interesting as well.
The great thing about this book, as in Warrior's Apprentice, is that there's an underlying sense of tragedy in the novel, but it's offset by a very humorous tone.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A great book by Bujold. If you liked the previous ones, this one is the way to go. It is the Miles' first encounter with his clone brother Mark, a charachter that will grow in... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Val
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It's an excellent segment of the Vorkosigan saga and introduces Mark. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by illiandantic
I would not recommend anyone reading this as their first book in the Vorkosigan series. Instead, start with Shards of Honor (availible in the double novel Cordelia's Honor) *OR*... Read morePublished on April 9 2003
A must own for Vorkosigan fans, and a good introduction for those new to the series. One of the best Miles adventures to date. Go and buy--you won't regret it. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002
I guess we all know by now that Lois McMaster Bujold cannot pretend to become the new Asimov or Silverberg. Read morePublished on May 28 2001 by Daniel S.
I am another person who normally doesn't write reviews, but I also have to disagree with the negative review citing "paper-thin characters" below. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2000
This is part of a continuing series in the life of Miles Vorkosigan. If you are first starting to read this series, this is not the book to start with, as it assumes you know who... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2000
Had this one (and all the other Bujold novels) recommended to me, and I'm sorry to say that it's pretty much conditioned me never to read another Bujold. Read morePublished on Dec 15 1999