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Diplomatic Immunity [Mass Market Paperback]

Lois McMaster Bujold
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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3 Jun 2003 Miles Vorkosigan Adventures
A COMEDY OF TERRORS . . . A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in distant Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident on the station docks involving a security officer from the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children. But when duty calls in the voice of Barrayar's Emperor Gregor, Miles, Gregor's youngest Imperial Auditor (a special high-level troubleshooter) has no choice but to answer. Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a lethal secret with wider consequences than even Miles anticipates: a race with time for life against death in horrifying new forms. The downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back . . .

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First THUS edition (3 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743436121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743436120
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.8 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Each addition to the Vorkosigan mystique solidifies Ms. Bujold's niche in SF."

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Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the SF scene in 1986 with SHARDS OF HONOUR, closely followed by BARRAYAR, and THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, which introduced the physically handicapped military genius, Miles Vorkosigan. Since then she has won four Hugo Awards and two Nebulas. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bujold Does it again! 28 April 2002
By F. Proctor VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of the Miles Vorkisigan books for many years and have been eagerly awaiting this book. After reading the last one (A Civil Campaign) I didn't think she could top it, and she hasn't, but I still thought it was a good (albeit short) read.
As usual the title is a clever play on the plot and develops throughout the story, Miles and his lovely new wife, Ekaterin are charming and funny together and we get to meet a few old friends as well as make new ones.
Bujold also develops plot lines that were laid down many years ago (Falling Free)so we can finally see Quaddie Space and her description of a night at the free-fall ballet was excellent.
After reading the latest from Bujold I have immediately picked up one of her older ones (Memory, in fact)and will reread it before going back to reread Diplomatic Immunity.
Thank you Ms Bujold for writing about someone who has become like a personal friend after all these years, I look forward to your future writing with eagerness and interest.
GO Miles!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mile's Last Outing? 23 Sep 2003
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Miles and Ekataerin are on their way home back to Barrayar in order to oversee the birth of their twins, but it's Miles's fate to be be in the wrong place at the wrong time and when an Imperial Courier finally contacts him, it's with news of a new job from his boss, the Emperor, for Miles is the Imperial Auditor in charge of Stellar relations and he's got a job on his hands with this mission.
A whole fleet of Komarran vessels has been impounded at Graff Station in Quaddie Space for, well, hmm, gross interferance with the local legal system or a bunch of genetically engineered freaks depending on whether you want to believe Imperial Security's Local Observer or the Fleet's military commander. When IS's Observer turns out to be a former employee (and almost-lover), things become even more uncertain.
This is not one of the classic Miles books, but there is a sense of closure of a sort as Miles looks towards fatherhood and has to reconcile his new responsibilities with the dangers of his job. It is still an excellent read, though, containing all the action and deductive skills that one has come to expect from the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bow to the Auditor! 23 Feb 2003
Format:Hardcover
Ah, the space opera of old, with ray guns sizzling and the Patrol just waiting for the sub-space yell for help to come high-tailing it through hyperspace to the rescue! (Exclamation points optional, but rarely left out). But that was the old days, and this is now the 21st century, and a new brand of space opera has arisen, championed by Ms. Bujold. Somehow the ray guns and exclamation points have disappeared, but not the sense of breathless, pell-mell, don’t stop to smell the roses action.
This is the latest in her long line of books about Miles Vorkosigan, nimble of mind, short of stature, often subject to seemingly irrational urges towards rash actions. For this book, he is somewhat toned down, perhaps a little more mature, being now a happily married man, as well as having been promoted to be Imperial Auditor. When his honeymoon is interrupted by a request to go straighten out a diplomatic mess in Quaddie space, about three pages into the book, you just know you’re in for another wild ride through Miles’ version of how to solve a problem, which is never by just diplomatic means. The ‘problem’ in this case quickly turns into something of a murder mystery (sans body), and Miles must deal with how to gather pertinent information amongst a group of people who are not only antagonistic, but feel that anyone with two arms and two legs (as opposed to four arms) is sub-human and has criminal tendencies.
Bujold, as usual, keeps many threads spinning in this adventure tale, from Miles’ relationship with a hermaphroditic old friend to a possible all-out war hanging on the resolution of this problem.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vorkosigan gets better and better 29 Aug 2002
Format:Hardcover
If you haven't met Miles Vorkosigan yet - and he's probably the most interesting of any scifi character in the techno line of writing - then do so IMMEDIATELY! This, the latest in the series, keeps up Bujold's usual the high standard of writing, although it isn't quite as good a A Civil Campaign (which gets a six-star rating for being one of the most stylishly comic books ever). This novel sees Miles finally on honeymoon, saving the galaxy with his usual incredible strategic genius and full-on maniac energy whilst still finding time to whisper the odd sweet nothing to his bride. The two plots strands of love and imminent war are tied together with elegance,and to readers familiar with Miles there are some nice in-references to previous characters (particularly from Cetaganda). I saved this one for three weeks and the worst of the rainy days. Instant smile on the face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Miles Vorkosigan series of action adventures is far and away the most amusing comedy science fiction series ever written. This is the tenth Miles Vorkosigan adventure, and if it isn't quite the funniest book in the series - in my opinion that place is claimed by the previous volume, "A Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)" - it is nevertheless both exciting and very entertaining.

The Miles Vorkosigan stories, and four other books set in the the same future universe, can stand on their own. However, a number of them, of which this is one, will give you something extra if you have previously read some of Bujold's books set earlier on the same timeline.

If you have not previously met Lord Miles Vorkosigan, he is 1) a brilliant intriguer who at one stage was juggling at least three identities; 2) physically very small, having been injured in his mother's womb by poison gas; 3) a former spy for Imperial Barrayan security, former mercenary admiral and present "Imperial Auditor"; 4) finally married after spending much of the previous nine books looking for a wife; and 5) hysterically funny to read about.

Most of the action of this book is set on a space station (Graf Station) in Quaddy space. The previous story of the bioengineered quaddies and how Leo Graf helped them free themselves from slavery, which happened about 232 years before this book, is given in the book "Falling Free."

At the start of "Diplomatic Immunity", Miles and his new bride Ekaterin, who he met in "Komarr" and courted in "A Civil Campaign" are on the way home to Barrayar from their honeymoon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diplomatic Immunity
Not sure about this one - will need to read it again I think before I make up my mind. On face of it does not seem to flow so well as previous books in Saga & plot manipulations... Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by Cassie
1.0 out of 5 stars A plot full of holes.
This is standard fair for the series with quite a bit of action and plot twists. Unfortunately unlike the earlier books this one has only a tiny bit of humour, to some extent the... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2007 by plot hound
4.0 out of 5 stars *Only* 4 stars!
It seems odd not to give a Bujold book an instant 5 stars but in comparison with some of her earlier work ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ is simply not quite as good. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2006 by David Topping
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining space opera/detective story
If you have never heard of Mile Vorkosigan, you are probably at a disadvantage as this is the umpteenth book detailing the many adventures of our space Lord hero. Read more
Published on 4 May 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing
Miles meets recycled characters from earlier (and hard to get hold of!) storys.
It has all the ingredients of a classic Miles novel, but it just doesn't quite come off. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles and family
I loved this book, as a continuation of a most excellent series and as a great story in itself. It is a return to Miles at his eccentric best - getting into things he shouldn't,... Read more
Published on 4 July 2003 by K. Newman
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