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Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Book Description

Miles is having enough trouble keeping his two identities separate -- the charismatic Admiral Naismith of the Denarii Mercenary Fleet and a Vor lord of the Barrayan aristocracy -- when assassination attempts begin. But are his enemies after Miles Naismith or Lord Miles Vorkosigan? The problem of split identities becomes even more confused when a clone of Miles is discovered, in this novel Booklist called "a first-rate sf tale that mixes court intrigue and galactic warfare."

"The cloned brother of a deformed yet charismatic leader struggles to find his own worth and be accepted by his parents in a first-rate sf tale that mixes court intrigue with galactic warfare."
- Booklist

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.”
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist

about the author:
Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S4FLCK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera - on Earth 7 Mar. 2012
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This book is part of a series - if you haven't read any of them, don't start here, start with 'Shards of hono(u)r', the first in the Vorkosigan Saga. Or space drama, space opera, whatever - a rollicking ride with mad (but plausible) plots, excellent 3-dimensional characters, snappy dialogue, strong female characters, and an internal logic that can drive you insane - in the best possible way. Lois Bujold is a very very good writer, who drags you along willy-nilly; these books are a hoot, with a good sense of humour; they're very easy to read, but with serious backgrounds as well.

In this, the sixth (or seventh) of the series, Miles Naismith, leader of the Dendarii Mercenaries, comes to Earth to repair his ships and rest his crews after a hard mission. In his alter ego, Miles Vorkosigan, a lowly ranking lieutenant but also an aristocrat, he reports to the Embassy of his home world and is soon in trouble, trying to juggle his various identities, a desperate shortage of cash, a love life, vengeful enemies, and a fake double - and that is just for starters.

Highly recommended for people who like their books and characters samrt, with a sense of humour and the ridiculous...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent character driven, uplifting 5 Jan. 2014
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This is a great series so start at the beginning (Warriors Apprentice) . Whilst the book has plenty of fast paced plot and action the most interesting and exciting parts come from the decisions that the characters make and thus define who they are. This makes it a deeper book than average, its about the search for identity.

I found the book genuinely funny and also moving. Moving because of the kindnesses that the characters do for one another. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great episode in this fun space opera 29 Mar. 2013
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I've read many of the books in this series, all out of order, which hasn't detracted. This one is as good as the rest, with battles and Miles' personal and family problems all mixed together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Meets His Match 23 April 2012
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After a run of books following Miles Vorkosigan and his accidental mercenary company, the Dendarii (all highly recommended, by the way), Bujold mixes up the series with a major new character and some intriguing plot developments. It's a welcome shot in the arm for a series that was already never less than enjoyable.

The plot sees Miles and Elli Quinn arrive on Earth, where Miles finds himself posted to the local Barrayaran embassy, putting a severe crimp on his attempts to secure payment for the Dendari, as well as bringing him into conflict with an uptight intelligence officer. However, that's merely the start of his problems, as an elaborate plan is put into action that threatens not only Miles's life, but Barrayar itself...

As always, Bujold excels at the characterisation of her cast; highlights this time around include the changing relationship between Miles and Quinn, as well as his interactions with the new character. I can't say who the latter is, as a big part of enjoying the book is the surprise plot twists. It's become a cliche to suggest that a new addition will change a book series FOREVER, but in this case it's not an exaggeration.

So, Bujold does it again. There are few writers that manage even a tenth of the invention she continues to show in the Miles books, and if you're enjoying the series so far, this is an unmissable installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It 2 April 2014
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My favorite book of a great series. McMaster Bujold is an excellent writer who gives voice to characters who usually aren't shown as heroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of the series 4 April 2013
By Susan - Published on
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I have really enjoyed this series (once I learned all the Vor names). I thought this book really advanced the possibilities for future books and also did some nice character development. While Bujold has tried to make any of the books in the series an OK entry point, I have benefited from reading them in the internal chronological order as suggested by Bujold.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Strongest book 21 Jun. 2014
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I am a huge fan of this series and Brothers in arms is easily the weakest book in the series. The storytelling is still wonderful, and the world great, but it's much more important for introducing several characters and concepts that will become important in later stories than it is as a stand alone novel itself. If you want to get into the Vorkosigan saga- start somewhere else. But don't skip it either. It's an important chapter in Miles' life- but not the most enjoyable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 6 May 2014
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Love this series. I'm an avid reader and am always disappointed to get to the end of one of these books even knowing I have many more to go. It's hard to believe it took me this long to discover them. It's like a combination Star Trek/Game of Thrones saga.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Almost Lost My Job :-) 15 Dec. 2013
By David Morgan - Published on
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How the heck did I miss reading any of these in SciFi reading career? I cut my teeth on Tom Swift, first editions I bought with lawn mowing income. This is hands down the best SciFi series of books I've ever read. I bought the first one and simply couldn't stop. The Flying Spaghetti monster only knows how many hours of sleep I missed and how much work time I procrastinated to read these books. I read them in the order the author recommended and they were right on target. Don't put it off, just buy them all now, tell your wife and kids goodbye and read your heart out.
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