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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (June 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404819
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The fast-paced third military SF novel in Huff's Confederation series (after Valor's Choice and The Better Part of Valor) examines how an interplanetary confederation might unite several distinctive species into an effective military organization despite widely differing physiologies, customs and mores. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Torin Kerr, recovering from injuries suffered in a first contact situation, accompanies a recruit platoon into the Crucible, a training planet where they apply their lessons in a realistic live-fire exercise against robotic drones. While the exercise is underway, the drones begin acting aggressively, without regard to fail-safes or their programming. Has the platoon come under attack by the mysterious Others, or is this related to the alien escape pod that everybody has forgotten exists except for Torin, her lover and an obnoxious reporter? The intriguing and well-designed aliens and intricate plotting keep the reader guessing. (June)
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Gunner Sergeant Torin Kerr, newly promoted because of her handling of combined diplomatic and combat duties in The Better Part of Valor (2002), discovers that her lover has made off with a life pod from a captured alien ship. Suddenly Torin and her convalescent commander, Major Svensson, are shipped out to a training planet with a company of recruits. Crucible turns out to be aptly named when the life pod shows up in the hands of hostile forces, including unknown alien races and some marines. Interstellar peace and Gunny Kerr survive—just. Expect more of this military sf saga, which is a vast improvement over Huff's earlier, mostly fantasy, fiction. Green, Roland --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ocelott on June 9 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the third in the Confederation series, and as such, I'd recommend at least having read The Better Part of Valor before delving into this one. You could probably still follow what's going on, but it'll be a lot easier if you've read the previous book.

The Heart of Valor is pretty classic Huff, which is a synonym for awesome. (No really, it is. Look it up.) It's tightly plotted, full of action, with strong characters in a creative setting. There's a lot going on, but Huff manages to keep things moving without overloading the reader or losing things in the shuffle. Torin is a strong female protagonist and more than competent at her job, surrounded by a colourful cast of aliens and humans, all with memorable quirks of their own.

The military action is put together with the deft hand of someone who understands how these things work, and the character's decisions always make sense, something more than a few books wind up lacking. Huff's sense of humour is threaded through the book, shining through just enough to keep the book from getting too heavy.

Overall rating? BRILLIANT.
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Amazon.com: 38 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but not up to Miss Huff's previous works July 23 2007
By Cynical Dude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of the Confederation series by Tanya Huff. After happening upon the first one seven years ago in a bookstore, I've been hooked, periodically checking to see when the next ones would come out. I therefore splurged and bought this book on it's publishing date. It's a good book, don't get me wrong, but I think it's a little formulaic now. Miss Huff has great talent- if she kept going with the character and this universe she's created, I would keep reading, it's rich and vibrant, obviously well thought out. But a different storyline than an "against all odds, barely scraping through" would be great.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Torin Kerr Returns July 15 2007
By D. G. Hulan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The first two books in this series about a Space Marine NCO, Torin Kerr, Valor's Choice and The Better Part of Valor, were really excellent, which is why I sprang for this one in publisher's HC as soon as it came out. This one was still quite enjoyable, but not as good as the first two, imho, and if I'd known that I'd probably have waited for the PB in a year or so. Torin has been promoted from Staff Sergeant to Gunnery Sergeant and is giving a course on the Silsviss to various Marines at a training base on a space station. A Major she'd worked under in the first book, who'd been so badly injured that his life had barely been saved and he'd spent two years in a regrowth tank and had just recently been decanted, has persuaded the brass to send him with a recruit platoon to Crucible, where recruit classes are sent for a 2-week tactical problem as the last part of their basic training. But under the condition that his attending physician goes with him, and that Torin accompanies them for added protection. Then when they get there the senior DI on the mission goes into a change peculiar to his species, and he's the only one who can abort the mission--and the various drones that act as enemy on the missions, with tight restrictions on how much damage they're allowed to do, start seriously attacking the platoon. And the orbital platform that has the capability of turning them off is destroyed by a SAM. And then things start to really get interesting. Meanwhile, Torin and her sometime lover, Craig Ryder, have discovered that they are apparently the only ones who were on Big Yellow, the alien spaceship, who remember that an escape pod from that ship was picked up by the Confederation ship they were on, and while Torin is on Crucible Craig investigates that, with surprising results. It's a good story, with an interesting mystery to go along with the battle action; it's just not up to the level of the first two books (which, if you missed, are now out in an omnibus titled Confederation of Valor).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent World-Building Aug. 16 2007
By Terri Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Newly-promoted Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is one tough Marine who prefers action to talk. She's tired of the endless briefings she is forced to participate in on Ventris Station since returning from a first contact with the Silsviss. So she is delighted when the newly regenerated Major Svensson asks her to accompany him to Crucible, the Marine training planet.

Crucible is the last step in a Marine's training--a twenty-day live-fire exercise pitting human and alien Marines against robot drones. Kerr is just there to observe what is supposed be a milk run, but the drones start to act more aggressive than their programming should allow. The only Marine who can shut the exercise down is incapacitated, leaving Kerr outmanned and outgunned. Now she has to train these "baby Marines" fast. It will take all her ingenuity and significant combat skills to get them out alive.

As a tough Marine who can still let her guard down with her lover, Craig Ryder, Kerr is a compelling heroine. Ryder plays a key role in this book, as he investigates the mystery of why only Kerr, himself and a reporter can remember a significant event.

THE HEART OF VALOR is the third novel in Huff's Confederation series, with layers of back story throughout the book. This approach means that readers new to the series may struggle for a few chapters to figure out motivations of all the different constituents in this universe.

Huff does an excellent job of world building, putting the reader in the middle of the action without losing them in military jargon. Readers stay tuned: there is a revelation near the end that sets up an interesting premise for the next book in the series.

Reviewed by Deb Gross
on 08/16/2007

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
fantastic military science fiction June 10 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the very far distant future, the Confederation consisted of the elder races whconvinced other species to join them in the fight with the Others by making them space-faring species. The military consisted of various races who coexisted in harmony with one another. The heroine of the hour is Guunnery sergeant Torin Kerr, who single-handedly brought in the Silviss, a fighting sentient race into the Confederation, defeated an alien space ship and brought her squad home safely.

Tired of the scrutiny, Torin agrees to go to Crucible where the newly enlisted marines will have their last stop in their training. Accompanying Torin is Major Svension recently released from the regeneration vat and his doctor to see if he has returned to his full fighting capacity. From the time they land nothing goes right as Torin's unit comes under attack from the Others. They destroy the Operations Unit and hacked into the computers that simulate the marines fighting the others. Torin has to use all her units and all the experiences that she gained to get them out of what looks like a hopeless predicament.

Tanya Huff uses a different voice when she writes pure fantasy than when she writes urban fantasy and military science fiction. Readers who like the Honor Harrington series will thoroughly enjoy the Confederation novels. The protagonist is a strong and peaceful commander easily able to relate to men and women of different species because they know if the chips are down she will be for them. There is plenty of battle scenes and some shocking surprises in this fantastic military science fiction thriller.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a great read Jan. 11 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is a continuation of the Valor series. The author has the military's take on NCO's exactly correct. They do know everything.


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