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on 24 November 2015
Tanya Huff's sci-fi series is just such fun :D (sorry, but the emoticon really is necessary).
Reminds me of what Starship Troopers might have been like if it starred Angelina Jolie. To quote the review I read that originally persuaded me to try the series: 'it doesn't really do anything new or innovative, but it also doesn't take itself too seriously.'
Love it.
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on 24 January 2018
As described
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on 19 January 2014
Loved the discipline and control as well as the echoes of real campaigns used to outline the Sergeant's role.
picked this up because I enjoyed the Blood ties series - this was totally different but just as well written.
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on 3 February 2016
really enjoying this book
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on 21 April 2009
The came very quickly and in great condition. Very easy to order I have had no problems at all in the orders.
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on 16 May 2002
This is the kind of thing I like to relax with, good fun standard sf with a wry sense of humour, good set-pieces, interesting aliens and a believable universe. The story follows a put-upon female space marine in charge of a varied bunch of soldiers on a routine diplomatic mission.. until things go wrong. Good strong story development, engaging dialogue, and in fact I stayed up all night to finish it, which doesn't happen often these days. Nothing new here but an expert retread of well-loved themes. And very very funny, reminded me a lot of Elizabeth Moon at times.
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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2013
Changing from one subgenre to another can at times work heavily against an author yet the skip from Urban Fantasy to Science Fiction is not that big of a jump and one that works wonderfully in Tanya's favour in this brand new series. It has a real kickass lead heroine who like others of Tanya's female leads has a great sense of honour, a can do attitude and whilst hiding from her enemies also faces off against some of the toughest that the galaxy has to offer.

It has some great twists and when added to Tanya's ability to bring the lead across in a future that you can easily believe all round gives you something to occupy your mind during this busy season. It asks a lot of questions and whilst some may not be too happy with this title spending more time on developing relationships, all round works better for me. I can't wait for the second offering.
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on 22 August 2011
Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is a wonderful invention from author Tanya Huff. She is a professional soldier, a marine, who, in between kicking ass, spends time looking after and guiding a new officer.
The mission is a diplomatic one, tasked to encourage an alien species (The Silviss) to join a Confederation of allies fighting a formidable enemy. It all seems to be going well, in spite of her dislike of and unfamiliarity of diplomacy and protocol, but suddenly, following a crash while on route to yet another diplomatic event she and her platoon are forced to fight the young of the Silviss.
While reading I was struck by the similarity between the battle and the fight from the film Zulu, between the Brits and the Zulus. And , indeed the author freely admits that her battle was loosely based on the film, although there is no competitive singing!
The aliens are well drawn, all very different with various strengths and weaknesses,including the intriguingly sexy di'Taykan and the spider-like Mictoc.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books featuring Staff Sergeant Kerr
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on 2 March 2014
I enjoyed Valour’s Choice from the get-go. The Prologue introduces the world quickly and painlessly then we’re straight away introduced to Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr. I loved Kerr; she’s tough, funny, devoted to her people, and not immune to the charms of the di’Kayan. The story proper begins with the morning after the night before. Kerr’s indulged in some post-battle R&R with a nameless di’Kayan, the most sexually adventurous known race and almost irresistible to humans. Certainly Kerr had no intention of resisting this particular one last night, but now duty calls.

What ought to have been a standard debriefing turns into something less welcome and with a few surprises. Kerr is assigned to a diplomatic mission designed to convince the Silsviss to join the Confederation against the Others. She also has a new senior officer to train up with her unique blend of humour and influence. Kerr is anything but thrilled at her new mission but orders are orders.

I enjoyed how the story developed, both the tedium of diplomatic negotiations, especially for a combat unit, and the unscheduled call to arms. The heroic last stand was pretty exciting and I did like the ending - it just confirmed how very excellent Torin Kerr is. The array of alien races is well imagined; I especially liked the slow, smelly, furry Dornagain. Aside from Kerr there are some other great characters; Lt. Jarret, Cri Sawyes, and Haysole all deserve a mention.

I was very impressed with Valour’s Choice and will definitely go on to read more of the series. This edition also has a bonus short story, which was a nice little extra.
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VINE VOICEon 25 April 2009
I've recently been disappointed a couple of times by following Amazon 5-star recommendations - but this is not one of the disappointments. In fact, it's pretty good: a whole series of believable aliens, each with their own traits and still with individual personality as well; a nicely cynical approach to politics, and very believable military interaction. Couple this to a good story, well told, and it adds up to an author and a series of which I'll be buying more.

Forget the truly awful cover on this book - something DAW seems to be prone to - this is good, solid military scifi. An excellent read! And many thanks to the reviewers, too, this time
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