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 enjoyed the first book in the Confederation series, Valor's Choice, but didn't love it. The story was decent yet it was also somewhat cold and impersonal. But wow, Huff really kicked up the story and characters in this second book and by the end, I was absolutely passionate about the entire series. Each book would end up getting better and better but the seeds for the overall story arc starts here in the second book.
Torrin is sent on a special mission after upsetting the brass - one with a great deal of uncertainty and unpleasantness. But in dealing with an unknown type of alien - as well as her greatest threat of all, having to work with civilians - Torrin will really have to use all her intelligence and military skills in order to survive what is about to be thrown at her.
Book two makes book one seem like a standalone or prequel to the series since it is here that we get to meet so many of the many characters who will end up in important roles in the rest of the series. Of course, there is also plenty of action and a heck of a lot of mystery for Torrin to solve or overcome.
I've listened to all the books in the series and admittedly didn't like the narrator in the beginning. But wow, what she does with the voices becomes canon (ah Prezit, I love you!) and she does them so well. I hope she will always do the narration for all future volumes.
This rapidly rose to become one of my favorite series - all begun here in this very important second volume.
I am growing to enjoy these books. For some reason, the 1st 4-6 chapters are slow to me and then 'bang' things take off and I can not put down the book. This book is definitely better than the last and I will be purchasing the next.
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.
Enjoy the adventure
A Military Sci-Fi book that features furious battles with an unrelenting enemy. The officers are arrogant but incompetent. The soldiers are highly trained and their repartee is witty. The only one with common sense is the Sergeant.
The second book in the series and much more fun.
Marines don't whine. Marines don't shorten a superior's or even a inferior's rank white the exception of Gunny. I barely made it through this book.
I really love this series!! Great action, well developed characters and humor amid the war.
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