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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) [Paperback]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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10 Sep 2013 Miles Vorkosigan Adventures
A new installment in the New York Times best-selling, award-winning Vorkosigan science fiction adventure series! 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. 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. 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!

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (10 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451639155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451639155
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay. Her many New York Times" bestsellers including previous entries, Cryoburn" and Diplomatic Immunity." The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying for more- 3 Nov 2012
I'm a Bujold addict so needed to have the reviews as soon as I could: and of course nowadays that means borrowing from the US website (why the delay with the WWW....) so I'm cross posting, no apologies but perhaps a mini-spoiler alert:

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a secret of which even she may not be aware -- a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayaran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan's facade of wry and self-effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch. But when his attempt to ask the woman out ends up with her handmaiden knocking him out and tying him to a chair, Ivan realizes that something very bad is going on. It quickly becomes clear that there is only one way Ivan can save himself and his charge but that is but a step into many sub plots and competitors' agendas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ivan-you-idiot or maybe not? 26 Nov 2012
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How wonderful to spend time with Ivan without him being overshadowed by Miles. Miles is a great character but finding Ivan's hidden depths has been most enjoyable. This is a great addition to the Vorkosigan Saga and I hope Ms Bujold writes more books showing the supporting cast in greater detail.

As ever there are some wonderful pieces of humour & drama in this book (and the two are not mutually exclusive) with the usual lively pace drawing you on to the end. "I'll just finish this chapter......".

If you are a fan of the series this is a must have on your bookshelf or e-reader.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed myself sick! 7 Nov 2012
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...and then I fell of my chair. I like regular Bujold but it's nice to have a central character, indeed more than one, who doesn't want anything more than a quiet life and would really like their hidden depths to remain hidden. Watching Ivan being dragged kicking and screaming into intrigue, matrimony and love (in that order) deal with his relatives (both old and new) and accidentally doing some major property damage (at one point I ran around my living room laughing like a maniac) was the most fun I've had with a book for ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another manic Bujold fairground ride 17 Nov 2012
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The plot: Ivan Vorpatril is doing duty on Komarr, a colony planet, when an ImpSec agent asks for help - a help that neatly synches with Ivan's style in rescuing beautiful young women. Only, this time the women shoot him... and so starts another of those mad headlong Komarr/Barrayar/Jackson's Whole stories, with (and I quote) "almost-stolen treasure, crime lords, off-world invasion, secret bombings, ugly kidnappings of beautiful women, and much, much more..."

My opinion: most enjoyable - not her *very* best, I think, but that is after just one readthrough - a bit unfair, that, since I have read Cordelia's honor at least six times, and the others in the wonderful Vorkosigan saga many times as well. Bujold is up to her usual tricks, both stylistic and story-wise: you are being seduced into a romantic mood when the next bomb explodes all over the plot, literally or otherwise, and throws it all into glorious disarray... with Ivan, as usual, muttering "*not* my fault... " I was taken aback in seeing a reference about consulting Aral on Sergyar, but in the timeline stat at the end of the book I see this (CVA) slots in just *before* Cryoburn. More to come, we all fervently hope!
P.S. I almost forgot - Baen has provided, as usual, a ghastly cover (back cover, the front is standard SF fare) with really *really* bad interpretations of what the main personages look like - you have been warned!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always wanted a book about Ivan... 16 Nov 2012
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...and here it is! As usual this is a charming and witty blend of adventure and romance centred around well developed and well loved characters. It's one of those books where people give you weird looks if you read it in public because you can't help falling over helplessly with laughter. Like many of the later Barrayar books, it's worth reading because of the rich and detailed character history which the series has built up over so many years - if you haven't read the previous books you'd be missing a lot of context. Lois McMaster Bujold's writing is fluid, observant, entertaining, and full of gentle ironic humour and absurd twists.
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This latest novel in the "Miles Vorkosigan" universe provides at long last a story centred on Miles' cousin, and often his reluctant sidekick, Ivan Vorpatril.

Although at the time of writing (Feb 2013) this is the sixteenth and most recently published book in the series it is chronologically the fifteenth and penultimate story: it is set around a year after the conclusion of "Diplomatic Immunity" and about four years prior to "Cryoburn SC (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)."

Captain Lord Ivan Xav Vorpatril came over, most unfairly, as a bit dumb during most of the previous books of the series because they were told from the perspective of his brilliant cousin Miles. Throughout his life he has never had the opportunity to forget how dangerous politics can be: his father was gunned down on the day he was born, (for the story of the "Vordarian Pretendership," an attempted coup in which Ivan's father was killed, see "Barrayar)" with the result that Ivan's birthday has also included a commemoration of his murdered dad. For the third of a century following his birth, until his cousin Emperor Gregor married in "A Civil Campaign (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)" and started producing children, Ivan was never more than three heartbeats away from the throne of Barrayar, and therefore had to be constantly watched by Imperial Security.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entry in the Miles series
Miles has gotten too important to be allowed to do irresponsible things, so Cousin Ivan stands in as a good substitute. The ending leaves open the possibility of a new story arc.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL hail Bujold.
WAY back in the early 1970's I bought my 1st Vorkosigan story at a remainder sale! I have been a fan ever since, I started reading SciFi about 1948 and still have a copy of my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bruce Sabiston
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Wonderful! Just wish the outer cover was a little more substantial. If you are a fan of the Vor series you will love this.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs K Suddick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
This is set before the tragic revelation at the end of Cryoburn and I was very glad because it meant we get to enjoy a fun adventure with Ivan, who is every bit as entertaining as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bujold!
You don't need to read a review of anything Bujold writes: just read the book.

And re-read it, with equal pleasure, when you know the story arc.
Published 3 months ago by T Poston
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - nice to see Ivan out on his own
A nice development, showing Ivan coming into his own as a character rather than just being Miles' foil. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marc Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
All I need now is Cryoburn, and I have all the Vorkosigan Saga, except 'Winterfair Gifts@ which, unfortunately, only appears to be available in an omnibus volume, but I have all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story as expected, but....
Another great story from Bujold. However I am annoyed at how large the book is. I waited until it came out in paperback assuming that it would fit on my shelves better than a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ivan as worthy hero
Who would have thought that a story where Miles only appears briefly could be this riveting? How satisfying to have the character of Ivan developed so far from his unpromising... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hassocksread
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Addition to sequence
At last Ivan Vorpatril gets his own story. With Jackson's Hole, Imp Sec and beautiful women involved what can go wrong?
Published 7 months ago by MNV
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