The second book in Tanya Huff's Valor Confederation series has staff sergeant Torin Kerr sent on a secret mission after mouthing off to a superior officer. She leads a group of Marines in an exploration of an enemy alien spaceship, leading to a dangerous and mysterious chain of events that has Kerr relying on her cunning and smarts in order to survive. Marguerite Gavin gives an invigorating and quick-witted performance that complements the tough-talking protagonist, turning her into a charismatic and lovable heroine in this suspenseful piece of military science fiction.
And Torin's reward - or punishment - was to be separated from her platoon and sent off on what might well prove an even more perilous assignment. She was commandeered to protect a scientific expedition to a newly discovered and seemingly derelict spaceship of truly epic proportions. And Confederation politics had saddled her with a commanding officer who might prove more of a menace to the mission's success than anything they encountered.
Only time would tell if the ship was what it appeared to be or a trap created by the Others - or the work of an as yet unknown alien race with an agenda that could prove all too hostile to other life-forms.
©2008 Tanya Huff; (P)2009 Tantor
"This sequel to Valor's Choice, featuring a gutsy, fast-thinking female space-marine protagonist, establishes veteran fantasy author Huff as an accomplished spinner of high-tech military-sf adventure." (Library Journal)
"Torin is everything you want in an action heroine (or hero, for that matter), and this book will leave [audiences] anxious for her next adventure." (KLIATT)
I really enjoyed this series, enough that even though I had read the books in print, I picked up the audible versions for a different take.
10 hours of sarcasm wears thin after the first hour. By the time I finished the book, I decided to give up on the Marines of Tanya Huff.
I can't remember this deluge of diatribe when I was in the service 40 years ago. But sarcasm which seems to be 90% of what I hear when I listen to this book, is just not funny or worth listening to.
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