Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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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.

GOOD INTENTIONS, BAD INTEL

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
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451638455
1451638450
Branch Call Number: FIC Bujol
Characteristics: 423 pages

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 20, 2018

Another fun book in the “Vorkosigan Saga.” Ivan Vorpatril is the cousin of major Bujold hero, Miles Vorkosigan, and is often pulled unwillingly into Miles’s dangerous schemes. Ivan has carefully avoided marriage for many years by avoiding long-term relationships. However, at age 35, with his short-term relationships growing less frequent and less fun, he thinks maybe it would be time to settle down. But the pool of suitable women has dried up and now marriage seems to be avoiding him. His duties as staff officer to an Admiral take him to the planet Komarr where an undercover agent requests that Ivan ask out a young woman so she won’t be home when a kidnap attempt is rumored to be taking place.

Ivan flirts with the woman and asks her out; but instead gets stunned and tied to a chair in her apartment -- when the kidnappers indeed show up. The young woman, nicknamed “Tej,” turns out to be a very important person indeed and determined to get away from being very important, since “very important” and “soon to be dead” appear to be equivalent labels.

As always with Bujold, the plot is twisty and the dialogue and writing are witty. You are pretty sure how the story will turn out; but it gets there in clever and unexpected ways.

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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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