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A Confederation of Valor [Anglais] [Poche]

Tanya Huff
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Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.

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  • Poche: 624 pages
  • Editeur : DAW (5 décembre 2006)
  • Collection : Valor Novel
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0756403995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756403997
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,2 x 10,8 x 3,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 D'incontestables qualités ... 14 mai 2013
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Le premier tome en français De ce cycle : Confédération, tome 1 : le choix du courage ou : Valor's Choice: A Confederation Novel

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 .
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Omnibus edition of the first two Confederation of Valor books 5 décembre 2006
Par CL - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is an omnibus edition of the first two books in the Confederation of Valor series, Valor's Choice being the first book and The Better Part Of Valor being the second. The new thing in this book is the 10 page or so sneek peak at the the third book in the series The Heart Of Valor, due out in June 2007 (baring any delays).

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fair Review 3 janvier 2007
Par David Keener - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
First, I understand that some people were disappointed to unexpectedly discover that this was an omnibus edition. Not making users aware of this was clearly a mistake, but not one that the Author should be punished for, since Ms. Huff doesn't have any control over this. Hence, I think the low reviews provided by a few other users are unfair and unwarranted.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved it even though I knew 15 décembre 2006
Par Tiffani Collins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have to say that I knew when I pre-ordered that this would only be a collection of the first two books (though I will admit when I first saw the title a thrill of joy ran up my spine), but I still enjoyed it. For one, I lent my first copy of Valor's Choice to a friend years ago and haven't seen hide nor hair of it since and two, I thought if I contributed to a possitive response to a re-print to the first two books it would prompt interest in publishing a third. I've had the impression from author interviews that sequals occasionally go unwritten if the publishers feel there is no interest from the fan base and I would dearly love a sequal to this most hilarious and well done work of Sci-Fi. In the sea of slop I've been wadeing through lately, I need a life preserver thrown my way from time to time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Believable space marines 15 janvier 2007
Par T. Leonard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
For some reason lately, I've been on a military SF kick. I loved the McCaffrey/Moon "Sassinak" series, Moon's "Heris Serrano", and Weber's Honor Harrington series. When I read the desciption of this one, it sounded right up my alley and my impression was correct. Both stories combined enough characters to care about and believe in with outstanding military action. I've really enjoyed Huff's other, more fantasy and horror oriented books, and now she has me hooked on this new series.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Marines in Action 8 juin 2008
Par Arthur W. Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
A Confederation of Valor (2006) is an SF omnibus edition of the Valor series, containing Valor's Choice and The Better Part of Valor. The pacifistic Confederation was unable to defend itself when attacked by the Others. All the member species had evolved socially to the point of being unable to take another sentient being's life. So the Confederation invited the Humans to become their defenders; later the Taykan and the Krai were also invited to join the defense.

In Valor's Choice (2000), one and a half centuries later, Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is acting first sergeant of Sh'quo Company. She is ordered to gather a platoon for ceremonial duty guarding a delegation to the lizard-like Silsviss, a newly discovered aggressive species.

This presents some problems since all the platoons are short of troops due to casualties on the last mission. So she is tasked with choosing nine intact fireteams and three squad sergeants from the survivors. The composite platoon joins the diplomats on the Confederation Ship Berganitan. The diplomatic party consists of four spider-like Mictoc, four massive humanoid Dornagian, and four bird-like Rakva.

When the Confederation mission reaches Silsvah, the marines demonstrate their proficiency at close-order drill, firearms, and standing guard. The hot climate and boring duties soon send a party of six marines sneaking off to town to meet their counterparts. The ensuing bar fight seems to speed up the negotiations, for the Silsviss terminate the visit in Hahraas early and send the Confederates to their final destination.

While enroute, the Confederate transport is shot down over a swamp within a Silsviss Wilderness Preserve. After escaping the ship, the party slogs out of the swamp toward two nearby buildings. There is some need for haste, since the Preserve is used to keep the Silsviss adolescent males occupied while their hormones levels gradually drop to civilized levels. The process also gets rid of some of the surplus male population as they fight each other and anything else that challenges them, including Confederation diplomats and marines.

Most of the Silsviss adolescent males in the vicinity are headed toward the crash site, but several are near the buildings. These attack the slow moving Dornagian and their escorts, who promptly take cover in some rocks. Torin leads a sortie out to recover the Dornagian party and finds that the Silsviss adolescents don't run from, but rather toward, overwhelming fire.

During the night, the marines pick off the remainder of the first group. But the next day thousands of adolescent Silsviss appear on the surrounding hills, some armed with Confederation weapons from the wreckage. The attacks continue for days.

In The Better Part of Valor (2002), Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr brings home the surviving marines from Silsvah and is soon detached to a recon unit investigating "an unidentified alien vessel drifting dead in space". General Morris has formed the temporary group with individual marines from different units to avoid media notice. So the first event of note when they reach the big yellow derelict is the arrival of a Sector Central News ship.

General Morris has overall command of the mission, with Captain Carveg in charge of naval matters. Captain Travik is nominally in operational command of the marines, with Torin as his lead NCO. General Morris, however, makes it clear that he is depending upon Torin to make the mission succeed. All the marines, including the other Krai, despise the Marine Captain for his grandstanding attitude and high losses.

However, Travik is a media darling and a hero to the public. Since the Krai Parliamentary delegation is demanding more of their species in high military positions, Travik is being groomed for fast promotion upon the success of this mission. Assuming, of course, the serley food waster doesn't get them all killed.

Craig Ryder, the civilian salvage operator who discovered the derelict ship, insists on boarding with the marines to protect his investment. The Katrien news team insists on boarding also, but are forced to wait with the scientists for the marines to give the all clear. Nothing harmful is discovered by the marines, so Travik overrides Torin to allow the press and scientists onboard. Shortly thereafter, one scientist triggers an explosion that disables the airlock, destroys the shuttle, and kills several civilians.

Torin and Craig are sucked down by the floor into a small cubbyhole, but are able to walk through a wall to another clear area with a hatch. They find Travik and the reporter beyond the hatch in an area that resembles a warehouse identical with one well known to Craig. The captain is severely injured and the reporter is unconscious.

Since the Katrien scientist is also unconscious, Torin has them laid near each other and, when one accidentally touches the other, both go into grooming behavior. Torin gathers the survivors, including the newly conscious Katrien, and starts them toward the closest intact airlock. On the way, they discover that the ship is rearranging corridors and rooms as they go.

A group of Others -- bug soldiers -- is also on the ship and going toward the same airlock. Fighting ensues and casualties occur. The Katrien freak out, the CSO is somewhat quieter, and the Niln scientist comments on her old age, but otherwise takes everything calmly.

Meanwhile, an Others ship emerges from Susumi space diametrically opposite the Big Yellow ship from the Berganitan. The Confederation Ship finds itself unable to maneuver and all missiles launched at the Others ship are apparently deprogrammed in mid-flight by the Big Yellow ship; the Others ship seems to have similar problems.

The fighters work, however, and a real furball is taking place around and near Big Yellow. The first shuttle launched to rescue the trapped civilians and marines is destroyed by the Others and the second is unable to launch. Then Big Yellow starts warming up its engines.

Although some might think that these novels are too stereotypical, one finds that the characters are very true to real life. Soldiers usually are fairly superficial in their discussions. Too much intimacy is frowned on for several reasons, not the least that it hurts more when the other guy is KIA.

It also doesn't match the macho image that most soldiers try to project. After all, who would want a wimp guarding their back. Depression, on the other hand, is usually close at hand even in the barracks, for a soldier's life is often lonely and boring.

Unlike other reviewers, I would not classify these novels as "space opera". One reserves that term for works like the Lensman or Legion of Space series. These stories are much more like the StarFIST and DMC novels, small-unit combat SF.

Highly recommended for all Huff fans and anyone who enjoys tense military interaction dramas, with a touch of jarhead humor.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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