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5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera - on Earth, 7 Mar 2012
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Henk Beentje "Henk Beentje" (Kew, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga Book 8) (Kindle Edition)
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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David Ford "Genre junkie" (Cheltenham) - See all my reviews
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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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