- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Original ed. edition (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439134073
- ISBN-13: 978-1439134078
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Agent Gambit: Agent of Change / Carpe Diem (Liaden Universe) Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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About the Author
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and a large cast of characters. The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe(R). In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonfiction, and reviews published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels. Steve was the founding curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.
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While they are not chronologically the first stories in the Liaden universe they were written first and are a very good way to slip into this engaging world. How should I describe the stories? They introduce Val Co and Miri who are (as Val Con's brother, Shan later says are 'very fierce individuals') and develop their characters, their unity and their universe. Val Con is Liaden. Liadens are bound by a very structured society in which precise language and nuanced behavior is demanded. It has the feeling of Imperial China at its most hidebound. Val Con is a Scout, a kind of special ops/ explorer/spy type who can escape from his society while on mission. Miri is a mercenary. Val Con is the heir apparent to his clan, Korval. Korval is a small clan whose members are mostly highly prized pilots (though a wizard or two is thrown in) and who have a history of 'doing its own thing'. Miri is ...well, find out for yourself!
Warning: I, for one tend to get swept up in the stories and read them very quickly at first. Re reading them is worth it! Enjoy!
This volume contains two stories, the first better than the second, but both great. Val Con and Miri fascinated me for years and I seriously have read Agent of Change at least fifteen times. The stories are quick, inventive, and totally exciting and the character development strong. I especially liked Edger and was happy to read more about him and his actions in the second book. Although Val Con and Miri seem to be extremely lucky at getting out of jams, there is nothing of the sudden, unexpected rescue in any of the stories. Their actions and decisions always logically lead to their escape.
If you read this, the first of the series in my opinion, you will be sucked into the Liaden Universe forever, always wanting more.
If you are new to the series, then here are two of the foundation books. Agent of Change tells of the meeting between Val Con and Miri. It is not exactly love at first sight. In fact, as the line goes, "either I am going to kill her or I am beginning to like her." This is classic pulp. A little romance, a little space opera, lots of chases, cheesy dialogue, and a predictable plot line. That being said, the dialogue is crisp, the action interesting, and the plot wide open. This is comfort reading at its best. I have read these stories dozens of times and never get bored. This is not Dune, or Foundation, but it is no less enjoyable.
Also, these books are being republished in multiple books per volume by Baen. Sweet, a two-fer, a two-fer and a three-fer at least. Kinda reminds me of the old Ace two-fer days except both of these books are GOOD!
That said, I've got me a new Space Opera series to read! I am moving on to _The Dragon Variation_which is a three-fer and earlier in time than the Agent books.
I really, really wanted to mark this book as 5 stars but am at 4.4 stars.