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Valor's Choice | [Tanya Huff]

Valor's Choice

In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.
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In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

©2000 Tanya Huff; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 04-07-09
    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 04-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprisingly Good!"

    I had never read anything by this author before, so I was a wee bit skeptical. In the end I was rewarded with a fun book, albeit a wee bit formulaic, that had me laughing out loud and fully engaged throughout. The main character is a fully-developed female officer and she didn't fit the stereotypical female sci-fi character. She was strong and capable and intelligent. Definitely a great listen! I'm going to scour this site for more books by this author.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 07-17-09
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 07-17-09 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "A witty rendition of the usual military SF story"

    Valor's Choice stays surprisingly close to the standard model for military science fiction featuring the ubiquitous space marines - super-competent sergeants, inexperienced officers, gruff but endearing grunts, and sketchy politicians pitted against waves of less sophisticated, but deadly enemies. Think David Weber or John Ringo and you won't be far off.

    Tonya Huff adds a couple nice elements that elevate the otherwise standard (but still enjoyable) storyline. First, she has a bit of a sense of humor that makes the story occasionally quite funny. Secondly, her characters are more well-rounded than the traditional military fare, making the back story more interesting than most.

    Overall, if you like military science fiction, you'll like this. If you think you might like it, this is a good place to s tart.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Wylie, TX, United States 04-21-13
    Dave Wylie, TX, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Military Future Past"

    This was my first introduction to Tanya Huff. I REALLY enjoyed the sarcasm of this book. Having been an enlisted man who had to “guide” his junior officers, those inner sarcastic comments were EXACTLY what I was thinking at the time.

    Tanya Huff’s characterizations are classic. In a way, it is a metaphor of the multicultural milieu that is the military. How many times has an impotent intellectual oligarchy sought the assistance of their perceived inferiors when they finally realize they need protection. I saw a great cross section of America when I was in the military. It is not a stretch to see it at the galactic level. Soldiers are soldiers, despite race (or planet of origin).

    I enjoyed the pace, as it helped to develop the characters. Life in the military includes a lot of downtime. It’s when you learn who is beside you, good, bad, otherwise. I must admit, it’s nice if some of them had four hands instead of two, when you need an extra hand.

    I have never been intimidated by a strong female (after all, I did marry one), and Torin Kerr could never be described as just “strong”. Here are times when you just have to persevere by pure force of will. This is where the metal of a… (well, the classic phrase says “man”, but that is truly BS)… is tested.

    There is the juxtaposition of terror and humor, which is commonplace in stressful times. Sometime, when things are at their bleakest, something strikes you as funny. This was one of the first Audilble books I purchased, and to this day, the phrase “get it off me, get it off me” still pops up in the back of my mind. This is the humor persists in the darkest times.

    I would really like to see this as a movie, but I don’t know of Josh Wheaton is available to direct.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 11-03-13
    Joki Helsinki 11-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid Military Sci Fi"

    Tanya Huff did an excellent job bringing the world of military sci fi to life in this first novel of the Confederation series. Whip smart dialogue, believable aliens, an interesting mission/world and a very well balanced view of both the foibles and strengths of a military organization are the strengths of this story.

    Staff Sergeant Torrin Kerr is assigned to assist bringing a new world into the Confederation fold. On what should be a routine assignment, hell breaks loose and she finds her company enmeshed in a lot more than bargained for in the new world. It'll take her wits and ability to lead her small company (including her commanding officer) in smart directions in order to survive.

    I really liked that Kerr was street smart and in the middle rank of her company - she has superiors and she has underlings - and needs to handle both. As well, she has a company full of aliens and each has unique needs - so she constantly has to rethink her strategies for both the greater good and also individual motivational factors.

    The first half of the book is very quiet - but by the end there is a lot of action. That first half is really important since it sets up Kerr's confidence and also gives us a chance to get to know each of the alien species. There are several characters and this could have been a very confusing book without. The book uses several POVs but the emphasis is on Kerr.

    This is one of those books where Audible narration really shines. The narrator did an excellent job of giving a unique voice to each of the aliens yet also a distinct voice to Kerr that was very welcome. It really elevated the book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon YORKTOWN, VA, United States 12-31-13
    Sharon YORKTOWN, VA, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read. I just don't always have time. Thank God for Audibles, aye? Who knew daily chores could so much fun now?

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    "I like this book."
    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Marguerite Gavin's performances. I found this book/ series because of her.


    Any additional comments?

    check this one out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 11-10-11
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 11-10-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Combat! In Ssslowww Mmootion!"

    Overall this story turned out okay, but that was because I had nothing else to listen to for long periods of time that got me through the first half. By about chapter 5 or 6 there's a bar-fight, but until there there's a whole lot of nothing. You really could have picked it up half way through and not have missed much. It does pick up, and delivers some decent military SF - although, aside from the fact that you have humans fighting alongside and against aliens, the SF combat doesn't seem all that present as the storyline seemed to go out of its way to nullify it.

    The narrator slows her voice to perform male or alien voices, which got really irritating. Maybe if you played it at 1.5x speed it would sound better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Glen Burnie, MD, USA 10-20-09
    Nelson Glen Burnie, MD, USA 10-20-09
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    "Very Good Listen!"

    Marguerite tells the story written by Tanya so well that you forget that it is fiction. Science fiction at that. What a pleasure it is to be on the ear-bud end of this purchase. Thanks for the good stuff!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 01-31-14
    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Underwhelmed."

    I was looking forward to this book and it started out fairly well. Then it quickly went downhill. There is far too much yakking between the characters and not enough story-building/story telling. I'm not even sure what the story was about in the end as the endless conversations between the various characters just eventually blurred together. Also, the various alien species just blurred together and I lost track of what specie was what and had whatever characteristics. Eventually, I just wanted to be done with the book. Not going to continue with the series. **sigh**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey m. newsome big bear city, CA United States 05-07-13
    jeffrey m. newsome big bear city, CA United States 05-07-13
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    "Super girl cum NCO"
    If you could sum up Valor's Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Lively, run & gun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic conversation and inner voice of non-coms. Better than usual, but not quite right, speaking as a former enlisted man.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    The(female) 1st Sgt.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pro soldiers in space


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Spanaway WA 08-19-12
    C. Spanaway WA 08-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It was better as the movie Zulu"
    What disappointed you about Valor's Choice?

    The high point of the book, the final battle scene, was a direct steal from the movie Zulu. The author went so far as to describe most of the high points of the historic battle of Rourke's Drift. After all the work introducing characters and setting up the political intrigue, the author should have found a more interesting / obscure battle to play to the gruff NCO and her heroic squad of soldiers.


    Has Valor's Choice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre, but definitely this author


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    A female reader was very appropriate for this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent premise, good storyline, unfortunately the author decided to take the final scenes from a world class movie. If I were to continue to listen to this author, could I expect the next battle to scene to be taken from the movie the Alamo, or perhaps the battle of Thermopylae from the movie 300?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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