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The Agent Gambit (Liaden Universe®) Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Miller and Lee, or Lee and Miller, write with such style, grace and humor that you almost forget how much action is packed into the stories and how interesting a universe they've created. Other reviewers have provided great detail on what the books are about, so I won't rehash that. Read all the reviews.
With Korval's Game, due out in May 2011 and containing Plan B and I Dare, and Crystal Variation coming out in September 2011, containing the "origins" novels, all the previously published Liaden books will be available again-finally! Thank you Baen.
I envy the first time reader.
"Carpe Diem." The Juntavas mob calls off the hits of lifemates Val Con and Miri. However, they are given a crippled ship in the middle of the Yxtrang who want them dead. The pair fixes the vessel enough for one jump to nearby Vandar; a planet that is so primitive the sentient race thought they were alone in the universe. Val Con and Miri know they are stranded so they make the best of it. Val Con's family and close friends search for him. On Liad, his sister Nova interprets a message from Val Con that informs the Korval Clan their heir lives and that the Department of Interior searches for him too. Their involvement leaves Nova suspecting the worse.
This is a reprint of two of the early Liaden thrillers. Both tales are exciting romantic science fiction loaded with hi and low tech action, a strong lead couple, and a belief in the Lee-Miller outer space, as well as a sense of family. Fans will enjoy this pairing, but though unnecessary to enjoy this duet, newcomers will better understand Clan Korval and planet Liad by reading Local Custom first.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rarely re-read books, but the liaden universe is so full of wonders that I can read it again and again! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
Includes the two original Liaden Universe books; Agent of Change, and Carpe Diam. Great books under appreciated at the time they were published in the late eighties. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E.P. McLean
I wish it had been clearer that this is a compilation of books 1&2, I could have saved some money.
Very glad to have found the sequel to book one as it wrapped things up in a... Read more
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... Read morePublished 19 months ago by CFE
I discovered the Liaden Universe through Fledgling, so this provided backstory for me as to who Val Con and Miri are when Theo finally meets them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Start