A Confederation of Valor (Anglais) Poche – 5 décembre 2006
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“An intriguing alien race, a likeable protagonist, a fast moving plot, and a rousing ending. What more could you ask for?” —Science Fiction Chronicle“The action is solid, and the marines are an entertaining mix of oddballs.”—Locus “Balanced against the high body count is Huff’s dialogue, which is snappy and humorous, enmeshed in the racial diversity of the platoon. As a heroine, Kerr shines. She is cut from the same mold as Ellen Ripley of the Aliens films: tough but humane, fiercely protective of her charges, and utterly determined to prevail… Like her heroine, Huff delivers the goods. Valor’s Choice does not make light of war, but at the same time it is incredibly fun to read. Howlingly funny and very suspenseful. I enjoyed every word.” —Science Fiction Weekly “A writer of great versatility, Ms. Huff captures the ambiance of an elite military group and adds a rare depth to skillful characterization to make each personality stand up and be counted. Don’t miss this one…” —RT Reviews
Praise for The Better Part of Valor:“Once again, Tanya Huff produces another enjoyable book, proving that her talents, normally reserved for fantasy, lend themselves quite well to science fiction. With the Valor series, she’s clearly hitting her stride.” —RT Reviews
“Exciting, mysterious and full of action and puzzles to solve. Torin is everything you want in an action heroine…and this book will leave readers anxious for her next adventure.” —Kliatt
“Huff’s flair for battle scenes and her clarity in visual descriptions support the action quite well.” —Science Fiction Chronicle
“Fans of military science fiction will want to read The Better Part of Valor, a thriller that is every bit as exciting as Star Wars.” —Midwest Book Review --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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In The Better Part of Valor, Torin Kerr's outspokenness gets her in a load of trouble. After she tells a two-star general what she really thinks of him, she finds herself separated from her platoon and sent off on a perilous assignment. She's ordered to escort a scientific expedition to an unidentified alien ship abandoned in space -- is it a trap set by the Others or simply a derelict? It's Torin's job to find out -- and to babysit a commanding officer who might prove more of a menace to the mission's success than anything they encounter. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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C'est vraiment un roman sympathique , le genre qui ne révolutionne pas le genre mais qui vous souffle dans les bronches parce que le credo de la science-fiction populaire est décliné correctement : action crédible , bonnes descriptions , bonne caractérisation , servies par une dynamique crédible , sur une trame narrative intelligente même si assez classique .
Dans ce premier tome une communauté spatiale multi-espèces place dans l'urgence , l'humanité en charge de la défense commune , dans un contexte de crise aigüe imprévue et redoutablement dangereuse .
Ce tome est vraiment pas mal parce qu'il est crédible et convainquant du point de vue humain , du point de vue tactique comme du point de vue des engagements militaires .
C'est de la SF militaire de terrain ( dans le kéké ) , située et appréhendée par le petit bout de la lorgnette , avec des personnages qui sont ( qui incarnent ) et qui font le récit , ainsi que l'univers , de façon magistrale .
C'est un roman modeste , mais un roman qui possède une âme .
Le pitch c'est celui , éternel , de la « caravane assiégée « et des préjugés sociaux culturels laminés par la compétence , par l'énergie et la volonté .Lire la suite ›
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Both stories in this book are military space going action adventure books. No hardcore Tech babble, just easy reading with a good herione and support cast. While these are entertaining easy reading, the author pulls no punches, she does not glorify the fighting. She writes battle as it is, a bloody dirty thing and people die.
The first story follows Staff Sergent Kerr along with the rest of her battle weary platoon of space marines when they are pulled from a much deserved and needed leave to escort a diplomatic mission. The job was suppose to be merely ceremonial, but when talks go awry, the result lands the platoon in an unwanted combat situation.
The second story, A Better Part Of Valor, follows The Staff Sergent and platoon of Marines as they go on special assignment. This new assignment, turns out to be a recon of a gigantic spaceship of unknown origin, found floating in space. Once the boarding party is trapped on board the ship, mazes of corridors change from one configuration to another constantly messing with the minds of the boarding party. There are firefights galore since the Confederations enemy the Others have also managed to get a team on board the mystery ship and everyone is racing to find a working airlock to get off the ship. The story leaves many questions unanswered, and easily inviting for another story if the Author every chooses to journey in this universe again. (Which the sneak peak of book three at the end suggests that she has) Even so, the story like the first one is a good easy enjoyable read.
Second, I never had the books in their previous edition, so I was delighted to get two books for one price. I had never actually read anything by the author before, so I was pleased to discover a set of military adventures mixed with some pretty decent humor. All in all, a pretty decent read, and a nice price for the combined edition.
For those who have given the book a bad review because they felt cheated that it was not made more apparent that this was an omnibus addition, I can sympathize, but feel that it is unfair to the author. The marketing is not something that the author controls. To keep someone from reading a good story because they look at the ratings and see them as not that high is hardly fair when one's disappointment is not with the story itself.
If you enjoy good military SF with stong female characters, interesting alien species, realistic land and space maneuvers, and consistant technology, please read this book.
So thank you fellow reviewers for allowing me to overcome my biases and taking the plunge and buying this book.
It's basically military sci fi, and it's pretty good. There's never a dull moment, the plot never dies or drifts and the interspecies interaction is pretty humourous. I will definately be on the lookout for more Valor books in the future.
I just hope that the Officers in the military arent really like the ones portrayed in Tanya Huff's books, because that would be frightening to think they were still as incompetetent as back in WW1.
(I hope the Bush's are no longer on the political scene by Sergeant Torin's time)