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Carpe Diem [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharon Lee
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Feb. 1 2009
On the run from interplanetary assassins, covert operative Val Con yos'Phelium and former mercenary sergeant Miri Robertson end up stranded on a distant planet-with no rescue in sight.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful - I Loved It! Jan. 29 2004
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Val Con yos'Phelium, future Delm of Clan Korval, Second Speaker to the House and former Agent of Change for the Department of the Interior and his lifemate, Miri Robertson, a former mercenary and bodyguard, were ordered not to be harmed by the Juntavas syndicate. However, personal interpretation of 'not be harmed' left Val Con and Miri on a broken-down spaceship in the middle of nowhere with the enemy Yxtrang ready to kill them for the hunk of junk they were sitting in. However, Val Con and Miri managed to rig something together and 'jumped' to one of the nearest planets - a backwater world named Vandar.
Vandar had no contact with the outside universe and didn't even know that other cultures existed. With no spaceships and no radio comm that they could use, Val Con and Miri tried to resign themselves to a long stay and set about learning the culture and the language. Meanwhile, Shan yos'Galan, Val Con's brother and his lifemate, Priscilla, began searching the galaxy for him, as did Edger and Sheather, Val Con's Clutch brothers. Back on Liad, Nova yos'Galan, Val Con's sister, had translated a cryptic message from Val Con that, while ensuring the Clan of the heir's survival, told them precious little else. But she did discover that the Department of the Interior, a department that seemed shrouded in mystery and determined to conquer the planet of Liad and from there, the universe, was also looking for Val Con. The more she investigated, the more interested the Department became in Clan Korval...until Nova was forced to call Plan B - retreat strategically, trust no one, prepare for all out war....
Carpe Diem is the 5th book in the Liaden series if you read them chronologically, which I recommend. As with the other books, I simply loved Lee & Miller's characters and world building.
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_Carpe Diem_ was the second of Steve Miller's and Sharon Lee's books which I read, directly after having come to it by way of alexlit.com and _Conflict of Honors_. Having been throughly delighted by the latter, my expectations were high when I began _Carpe Diem_. Fortunately for myself, I was not disappointed as Val Con and Miri's stories were told.
Shan and Priscilla from _Conflict of Honors_ make small appearances throughout the story, as do other members of Val Con's family, Edger and others of the Clutch as well; as I would find out later, the first chapter of _Carpe Diem_ is edited from the closing of _Agent of Change_; while it is obviously a follow-up to _Agent of Change_, enough so that as I read _Carpe Diem_ I could tell that _Agent of Change_ would *have* to be about Val Con as well just for the level of development evident in the backstory.
_Carpe Diem_ is, however, fully enjoyable in its own right, offering the opportunity to "see" Nova and Anthora, the robotic butler Jeeves, and learn more about Liad and what might be up and coming in _Plan B_, all intertwined with a telling of Val Con's and Miri's struggle to make a place for themselves on an interdicted word--and, when the opportunity presents itself, to find their way off the planet and back to kin.
Intertwined with these plots are also the growth of Val Con's and Miri's relationship with each other, and the redemption--or resurrection--of Val Con himself from his bleaker persona of an Agent of Change. The friends whom Miri and Val Con make are worth remembering, as are the enemies; and I greatly anticipate the continued unfolding of their stories in _Plan B_!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to two very good books! Feb. 4 1999
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I have had this and the other two books of this series for many years and have read them over and over. All are books that can easily stand alone, but enjoyment is enhanced if you have read the other two before reading this one. The same characters as in the two previous books make appearances in this one, joining the different story lines in a wonderfully entertaining way. The characters stay strong and individual, and one of the points I especially like about this series is that both men and women can enjoy equally as the characters of both sexes are equally remarkable, adding a wonderful dimension to the read. Priscilla and Shan, Val Con and Miri have all become like personal friends about whom I would love to read more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great series! Oct. 29 1998
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Carpe Diem is a lot fun -- and a good book in general. Somehow the authors manage to pack all kinds of good story and world-building stuff into a smooth, fun package without showing off.
The best description is that this is space opera for for grown-ups -- if you like CJ Cherryh's space books you'll like this and the rest of the Liaden series. This book is out of print but I found a copy at the World SF Convention in Baltimore, where I heard that it will be reprinted next year -- and that there's a fourth book in the series coming out soon.
I own all three of the Liaden books now and can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel, sequel, who's got the sequel? Nov. 9 1998
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I love this series! I've read it at least five time now. I'd read it more often but I like to forget stuff so I can enjoy rediscovering it. If you read only Carpe Diem, it is a terrific stand alone story, but you miss the buildup of the romance between Valcon and Meri, and that's a shame. It's one of the better written romances I've found in science fiction. Add to that all the action and plot development, and you'd better block out an afternoon, because you won't want to put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print -- under new title!
This is a fun book, third in the Liaden Universxe series -- read the other reviews for details -- but the first three are now in one book called Partners In Necessity from Meisha... Read more
Published on June 17 2000 by "richhorn7"
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in Print
Carpe Diem is back in print as part of the three-book omnibus _Partners in Necessity_ from Meisha Merlin. Read more
Published on March 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Another very enjoyable book that will be reread several time
Third book in the Liaden Universe series (there are four so far) that continues the intriguing story of the two main characters from 'Agent of Change'. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a keeper
Second of Miller and Lee's Liaden series. So good, it's one of a handful of books that I automatically buy in used bookstores and then give away to people. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 1999 by caw@wizard.net
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting book, and sequel is coming.
This exciting continuation of adventures in the Liaden Universe is too long out-of-print. It ended in a cliff-hanger that will soon be resolved in PLAN B.
Published on Oct. 8 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars It was excellent!!!!
This is one of my favorite books ever. Even though there is alot of action and movement from one planet to another, it is clearly written so that it is never confusing. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this, and wore out my copies long ago.
This was a neat book. Where are the rest of the stories in this universe?
Published on June 18 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book. it was a great 2nd book is there another?
very good book. keeps your interest and links from the 1st book very well. the characters were well developed and the story line was good. Read more
Published on May 23 1998
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