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The Agent Gambit: Agent of Change / Carpe Diem (Liaden Universe) Paperback – 6 Jan 2011

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  • 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)

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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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Interesting and exciting especially how they adapted to a low tech world. I really like this series and have enjoyed them all
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I enjoyed the earlier Liaden books, which are rather sweet romances. Somewhat akin to the better class of Mills and Boon Regencies. This goes of the rails quite badly with a ludicrous spy plot and implausibly high body count with none of the characters appearing to show any empathy for the implied trail of widows and orphans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As I think someone (?Anne McCaffrey?) once said "These writers are scary good' - and their stories are too! 30 Jun. 2014
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I cannot judge whether this is 'great literature', all I know is that it is eminently readable with phrases which are memorable (An opening line: "The man who was not Terrence O'Grady had come quietly") and characters who are well rounded and about whom we care. I have several copies of the two books which make up this omnibus edition. I have read and re-read them (and enjoy them more / find something new every time) so I was delighted to find them in an omnibus edition - and even more so when I found this edition on Kindle. (I love real books but this IS a heavy volume.)
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it years ago. Still do after many, many re-reads 16 Mar. 2014
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I first read Agent of Change in paperback back when it first came out. For years I looked for more work by Sharon Lee and Stephen Miller. Now, I own, and have read everything they've had available several times.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liaden Universe #2 17 May 2013
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My introduction to the Liaden Universe was reading Agent of Change a couple of decades ago. It was a a good read with interesting characters, but I had not read any other Lee and Miller books until I got the Theo Waitley series several weeks ago. I just had to read the others in the Liaden series. I purchased all four of the omnibus editions and had great fun reading them. (I'm retired and live at the beach - great reading environment.) Val Con and Miri are the main characters in these two stories but many of the other Liaden characters are introduced - hop on and enjoy the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not new material 10 Dec. 2012
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If you are a fan of Miller and Lee's work, this is not a new book - it is a repackaging of Agent of Change and Carpe Diem. If, like me your copies of Agent of Change and Carpe Diem are missing their covers, front pieces and are held together with duct tape, then you might want to pick this up.

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 1 and 2? or 4 and 5? of a 16? book series 3 Sept. 2013
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Book 1 and 2? or 4 and 5? of a 16? book series. I am totally confused about the order in which to read the Liaden Universe. There is a order presented by the authors on their website but the authors note "The Liaden Universe® is not tidy. Nor is it a series, exactly. It's a Universe. There is therefore no orderly progression, Book One through Book Whatever. That would be easy and, as previously advertised, we never, ever do anything nice and easy."

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.
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