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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance [Hardcover]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Book Description

Nov. 6 2012 Miles Vorkosigan Adventures
A new installment in the New York Times best-selling, award-winning Vorkosigan science fiction adventure series.

Book Fourteen in the best-selling Vorkosigan series.


Captain Ivan Vorpatril sometimes thinks that if not for his family, he might have no troubles at all. But he has the dubious fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too-often led to his getting dragged into one of Miles’ schemes, with risk to life and limb—and military career—that Ivan doesn’t consider entirely fair. Although much practice has made Ivan more adept at fending off his mother’s less-than-subtle reminders that he should be getting married and continuing the Vorpatril lineage.

Fortunately, his current duty is on the planet Komarr as staff officer to Admiral Desplains, far from both his cousin and his mother back on their homeworld of Barrayar. It’s an easy assignment and nobody is shooting at him. What could go wrong?

Plenty, it turns out, when Byerly Vorrutyer, an undercover agent for Imperial Security, shows up on his doorstep and asks him to make the acquaintance of a young woman, recently arrived on Komarr, who seems to be in danger. That Byerly is characteristically vague about the nature of the danger, not to mention the lady’s name, should have been Ivan’s first clue, but Ivan is no more able to turn aside from aiding a damsel in distress than he could resist trying to rescue a kitten from a tree.

It is but a short step down the road of good intentions to the tangle of Ivan’s life, in trouble with the Komarran authorities, with his superiors, and with the lethal figures hunting the mysterious but lovely Tej and her exotic blue companion Rish—a tangle to test the lengths to which Ivan will go as an inspired protector.

But though his predicament is complicated, at least Ivan doesn’t have to worry about hassle from family. Or so he believes . . .

About Captain Vorpatril's Alliance:
“. . .this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers. . .Longtime readers will love seeing a new side of Ivan as well as hearing his views on many of the series characters. New readers can enjoy Ivan’s story on its own. . . Essential for all SF collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans.”—Booklist

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

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About the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a hugely popular science fiction mainstay with multiple New York Times bestsellers including previous entries, Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable of the series Dec 8 2012
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The more you read the Vorkosigan series, the more you begin to enjoy the appearances by Ivan-you-idiot. So when the latest book in the series was released centered around an Ivan adventure (with Byerly resurfacing!) I was hoping for the best.

I was not at all disappointed. This one was a riot.

The book can basically be divided into quarters. The first quarter introduces all of the new characters, gives details on Ivan's current career standing - and surprise! he is doing quite well thank you - and delivers laughs and plot twists fastly and furiously.

The second quarter is possibly my favorite, as Ivan returns to Barrayar and renews acquaintances with Miles, Gregor, Alys, Simon, and others. This portion of the book rivals Civil Campaign for fantastic dialogue and the reinforcement of Vorish duties and expectations. The previous (set further in the future) installment of the series, Cryoburn, lacked this reconnection with older characters (aside from Roic and Raven) and despite the jaw-dropping ending in Cryoburn, this lack proved a bit of a disappointment for long-time fans. There are no such concerns here.

The third quarter brings a massive plot twist. For a wee while I was afraid that the first half of the book might prove to be the more enjoyable, but things began to pick themselves up and then came:

The last quarter, where the full dryness of Barrayaran humour comes out and mayhem ensues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ivan getting into and out of trouble! Sept. 21 2014
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I loved Ivan getting himself into and then out of trouble. I was slightly disappointed (but only slightly) that Miles and the normal cast were mostly absent, but it was still a very fun read. I hope there will be more novels in this parallel storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as always. May 28 2014
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And it ties up some of the loose threads which have been lurking in the story cycle. Wonderful and funny and a must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read Jan. 23 2014
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I found "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" a very enjoyable read. It was great to finally read a novel-length story from Ivan's point of view. The undercurrent of Lois's subtle humour kept me reading; at the end of my workday, I couldn't wait to get back to it. I finished the novel in record time (for me).
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