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Having left the Marine Corps, former Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder. Turns out, civilian life is a lot rougher than she'd imagined. Torin is left for dead when pirates attack their spaceship and take Craig prisoner. But "left for dead" has never stopped Torin. Determined to rescue Craig, she calls in her Marines. And that's when her mission expands to stopping the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.

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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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No Such Thing as Ex-Gunnery Sergeant 15 octobre 2010
Par Kansz JoNz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
"The Truth of Valor" by Tanya Huff is the 5th book in the Confederation of Valor series. Torin Kerr has now been honorably discharged from the Confederation Marines, and is attempting to make her way within the civilian field as a Civilian Salvage Operator, partnering up with her fiance/boyfriend/significant other -- Craig Ryder.

After 14 years in the Marine Corp, while Kerr can handle civilian life, the transition is proving to be problematic for the ex-Gunnery Sergeant as she is exposed to the CSOs as a culture, who at best are an undisciplined lot of people.

Things become problematic when Ryder is kidnapped by reprobate pirates who have some nefarious deeds planned and need a civilian CSO in order to make the plan work. As you might expect, Torin does not take kindly to this issue, and goes charging after him, a quest which leads her to a rough and tumble, civilian-held pirate space station where anything goes and life is cheap. Enlisting the aid of former Marine comrades as well as a news personality from Sector Central News, Kerr goes in undercover and it's a race against time from there as she locates Craig and attempts to stop his criminal captors from scoring big with a salvage find that could tip the balance of power within the sectors.

IMO, "Truth" is excellent military/ex-military science fiction. Torin Kerr is no longer a Confederation Marine, but we as readers know that there are no such things as ex-Gunny Sergeants. We are shown that the transition from Corps life to Civilian life is not easy, as Torin walks a fine line between the former and current life and is exposed to incidents and people that test her as she tries not to fall into the darker aspects of her soldier personality and military-bred personality because of her actions and decisions as she goes about the process of rescuing her lover.

Good read! The action was kept toned down (though the few glimpses are excellent action and not overdone), so if you're looking for blood and guts spraying across the battlefield, this is not the novel for you. If you are looking for an intelligent space adventure novel with dialogue and content that is solid, and focuses on an ex-Gunnery Sergeant as she tangles with some pirates as well as being a civvie, "Truth" is the novel for you.
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Much better than I expected 19 novembre 2010
Par Nij - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Okay, I've read all the other Valor books by Tanya and loved how Gunny Kerr came out on top and always totally destroyed the enemy. All the previous books were great no doubt. This book has a new slant on her personality. She is not in the Marines now but her same drive and determination has not changed. Whereas before you could always count on non stop action (it was like each book was a series of battles without a huge climax); this time around I caught myself looking forward to the end battle(s) much more because she didn't fight a battle the entire time. When she showed up on one of the space stations and three of her old platoon subordinates threw in to help her, well I was smiling big time about that. The best parts of Tanya's books are the banter back and forth that the members of her platoons had among themselves. The comic relief is priceless. Here again, Torin gets to have several of her old platoon go in and save her boyfriend. Sweet! Personally, I really like Sci Fi that takes place completely in space and goes from one outpost station to the next. Throw in a few lizard Silviss juvies that run into Torin and you have a great mix of the past and present in this book. A totally enjoyable easy read where you want to turn the page to get to the end game where you know she is going to be really upset about having Craig kidnapped and her left for dead. Easy recommendation to buy. You have to get in the spirit of her new lifestyle...however, Tanya made sure Torin still had the same personality we all have come to love.
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Great Book 10 septembre 2010
Par Kasi Smart - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book will make any Kerr fan dizzy with pleasure. It's a good book, a fun and fast read but unfortunately gives little to the over arching plot of the series. I read the book cover to cover within 24 hours of receiving it and while I loved the characters and the story, it is not as solid as the rest of the Valor series. While the story hearkened back to the original Valor novel with it's non-connection to the Plastic Aliens plot line, the lack of action left it wanting. Kerr books have all been great because they are not so focused on the drama of human interactions and much more focused on a story which is interesting and fast paced. In the first book, Valor's Choice, Kerr had just the right amount of emotion and disconnected between her and the characters around her. Unfortunately with the addition of Torin's CSO boyfriend and all of the lovey dovey emotional crap that comes with it Huff is quickly losing the edge which sets this series, and this character, apart from her others. Kerr is threatening to become one more slightly bad-ass but mostly pathetically in love female character, in a sea of similar characters.

I'm still giving this book a 4 star rating, regardless of how lacking I find it in comparison to all the other Valor books. Because let's face it, Huff's worst (the Blood books in my opinion, or Enchantment Emporium) is still better than most peoples best in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, and this is by no means her worst. While this book does lack in certain respects on it's own (one fairly central character has no resolution, he just walks through a door and no one ever mentions him again) if the next book focuses more on the hard core-ness of Torin as a character (and if Craig could please grow some more manly bits), if the Plastic Aliens plot is somehow furthered by this book and if there could be more action and less standing around being dramatic that would fix every issue I have with this book. I guess I do have to say some of this rating is based on the expectation that all the loose ends and annoying bits of this book will be explained in the next book as having good reason, otherwise I would probably only give it a 3 star.(maybe the disappearing character is being set up to become a crazy vengeful foe to Kerr? Who knows!)

I would recommend any fan of Huff's read this book, you could probably even read this without reading any of the other Valor novels, though you would be confused by some parts. But I wouldn't suggest anyone goes in with the idea that this will make or break the series. It honestly doesn't further it at all, if Huff had simply started the next book with "One Year Later" and alluded to the plot points of this book it would have probably served the same purpose. It is to the Valor series what webisodes were to Battlestar Galactica after season 2. I think my biggest problem is that I waited 2 years for this continuation and it looks like I'll have to wait at least 2 more for another. (Her unnamed werewolf story and the sequel to Enchanment Emporium being scheduled for the next two years) So read it at your own risk. If you haven't started the series I would suggest rereading all her other books and then starting the Valor series, leaving yourself with little time to wait until Huff steps up with another Kerr novel. I give the same advice to anyone who loves the Valor series. Put off buying this book, reread the others and hopefully when you finally do get to the end of this book you'll have less time to itch for story continuation. Cause Huff is either setting up for a fantastic twist or she's about to crash and burn the Valor books into the side of a planet. Either way this book just tortures you.
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Quite tame compared to previous Valor books 19 septembre 2010
Par Adrian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've enjoyed the previous Valor novels and have been eagerly awaiting this latest addition to the Confederation series. I wanted another action packed book with twists and turns and cheap multi species military humour.

Alas what I got was Valor-lite.

Torin is out of the armed forces. Quick summary- boyfriend gets kidnapped, she goes to rescue him. Bad guys are small time compared to facing an alien enemy empire or two. It also seems odd for Torin not to be involved in military action.

I found myself just plodding through the book, to see how it finished. There was nothing that truly caught my interest and I truly truly truly hope the next book picks up the pace. It's a big galaxy, so there's plenty of scope for more.

I know that people like to read positive upbeat reviews. But I have to be honest. It wasn't as good as the previous books. C'est la vie.
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Truth of Valor 28 octobre 2010
Par Lopey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Tanya Huff is a very good writer. She occasionally delves too deeply into the darkness of her villains. Alas, this is the case for THE TRUTH OF VALOR. It seems to be the weakest of her Torin Kerr or Confederation series.

The story follows retired Marine gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr on a campaign against space pirates. The pirates have made the twin mistakes of torturing a former Marine to death and kidnapping her partner/lover Craig Ryder. Both mistakes fall under the dictum about Marines: "You can kill 'em, but don't get them mad."* Torin must find out who the pirates are, where they have taken Ryder, then hunt them down and (of course) kill them.

The story starts slowly, giving too much attention to one villain in particular, but dwelling on the various nastinesses of several others. However, once the reader gets past those parts, the story moves well and reintroduces some of the most intriguing characters from other stories of the series. I did not remember Torin being as "bloody minded" as she seems in this novel.

Most of the characters show themselves to be intelligent and highly three dimensional. The vague hand waving that all science fiction writers must use to explain faster than light travel is deftly handled.

There seems to be an unusual amount of coverage of the extreme sexuality of one race. In fact, that aspect becomes a sort of comic relief.

Taken as a whole, this is good stuff.

*Dictum Bowdlerized to avoid reader's problems with obscenity.
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