Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Paperback - 2014
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER in hardcover. With new cover treatment for mass market paperback.
A new installment in the award-winning Vorkosigan science fiction adventure 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. 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

The Vorkosigan Series in Story-based Chronological Order
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
Barrayar
The Warrior''s Apprentice
The Vor Game
Cetaganda
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
Memory
Komarr
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril''s Alliance
CryoBurn

Omnibus Editions
MILES, MYSTERY & MAYHEM
contains Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos

YOUNG MILES
contains The Warrior''s Apprentice + stories

CORDELIA''S HONOR
contains Shards of Honor, Barayarr

MILES, MUTANTS & MICROBES
contains Falling Free, Diplomatic Immunity

MILES IN LOVE
contains Komarr, A Civil Campaign

MILES ERRANT
contains Brothers in Arms, Mirror Dance
Publisher: New York : Baen, 2014
ISBN: 9781476736983
1476736987

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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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