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Product Details

  • Series: Valor Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756400627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400620
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

When Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr makes the mistake of speaking her mind to a superior officer, she finds herself tagged for a special mission for the interplanetary Confederation to act as protector to a scientific exploratory team assigned to investigate an enormous derelict spaceship. Along with her crew and her charges, Kerr soon finds herself in the midst of danger and faced with a mystery that takes all her courage and ingenuity to solve. This sequel to Valor's Choice, featuring a gutsy, fast-thinking female space-marine protagonist, establishes veteran fantasy author Huff as an accomplished spinner of high-tech military-sf adventure. For most sf collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"This sequel to Valor's Choice, featuring a gutsy, fast-thinking female space-marine protagonist, establishes veteran fantasy author Huff as an accomplished spinner of high-tech military-sf adventure." ---Library Journal --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Customer Reviews

The action is very believable.
Amazon Customer
I’m devouring the entire Valor series from the start, having come across book five first.
H. Grove (errantdreams)
If you like military SF, then you will like this book.
David Roy

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the distant future, Earth has joined the Confederation in return for becoming a fighting arm of the empire along with other sentient species. Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is proud to be a marine fighting the Others, a race that covets confederation territory while refusing to negotiate with the delegates of the Confederation. In a life or death battle with the Others, she has come to the attention of General Morris.

The General assigns her a top-secret mission to investigate a spaceship that is neither Confederation nor Other in a far corner of the galaxy. When Kerr boards the alien ship, she learns the hard way that it is sentient and doesn't like anyone shooting it. Trapped on board the ship with a group of the Others, Torin must find a way to escape or die trying.

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. Tanya Huff's latest work is so action packed and colorful it would make a great movie. Torin is a great heroine while the realistic species provide an authentic spin to this vigorous fantastic futuristic tale.

Harriet Klausner
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kubbye Villarreal on March 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tanya Huff has written a lot of great books, but her "Valor" series is turning out to be my favorite. Torin Kerr, her main character is everything you want a believable hero (rather heroine) to be during war. I've read reviews that compare "Valor" to the Aliens movies, but these are better. I also liked the fact that you don't have to read "Valor's Choice" to understand "The Better Part of Valor", they are two seperate stories about one character. I do however highly recommend that people read both books. They are both very well written, and the reader can clearly see the incredible world Tanya Huff has created. Humor, drama, and ACTION...what more could a reader want? I hope Tanya Huff decides to write more in this series, because it's a promise that I'll buy more books about Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex Frantz on December 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tanya Huff returns to the galaxy of the Confederation and super-competent Marine Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr in this military SF sequel to "Valor's Price".

The set-up is that humans, along with two other species, the di'Taykan and the Krai, are recruited into the Confederation, a union of highly advanced species, in order to provide it with the ability to defend itself against the violent Others, who are invading Confederation space. Other Confederation species have either never practiced warfare or have developed to the point where it is a part of their ancient history, so they need some less-advanced races to help out when they are faced with the requirement to resist military aggression.

Kerr's latest mission is to protect scientists while they examine an extremely large space ship which has been located, apparently drifting as a derelict, in Confederation space. In this I don't think Huff has really thought out her premise. The Confederation is supposed to be an ultra-advanced society of ancient races, but their technology, excepting SF-standard FTL space ships and artificial gravity, isn't really that impressive - there's very little that humans couldn't easily develop on their own by the date of this story, roughly early 23rd Century. Much of it seems downright primitive for a galaxy-spanning culture. They have no AI, no nanotechnology, and apparently no robotics - they seem to have no clue about sending unmanned scouts into potentially hazardous situations, for which they just use Marines. When they encounter this ship, which it soon becomes clear is truly advanced, the Confederation scientists are pretty much useless.

Apart from this conceptual problem, I liked nearly everything about this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on October 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Better Part of Valor, by Tanya Huff, is the second in what appears to be an ongoing series of books about Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr, and her adventures in the Marines. It's just as enjoyable as the first book, Valor's Choice, but it unfortunately has the same problems as the first one did (with one exception). Torin is just as fascinating, but the characterization of the other Marines is just as thin. Still, if you like military sci-fi, then you should enjoy this one as well.
After their mission to Silviss (as detailed in Valor's Choice), Kerr told General Morris exactly what she thought of him and the "mission" he had sent her platoon on. This, of course, is a mistake, and he doesn't take too kindly to it. In response, she's separated from her platoon and put in charge of a makeshift squad of Marines who have been charged with safeguarding a scientific expedition. It seems that a mysterious craft has appeared. It's seemingly a derelict and it is huge. The expedition is sent to get inside the ship and see what is in there. Kerr is in charge of the escort. To make matters worse, Confederation politics has saddled her with a commander who is there to look good rather then because he is competent.
What is the secret of this ship? Was it created by the Others, the enemy of the Confederation? Is it something completely different? If not the Others, then what alien race could have produced something so massive and unintelligible? What's its agenda? And whose side is it on? Kerr must not only figure this out, but she also must figure out how to keep her troops alive, and how to keep her commander alive when he seems determined to get them all killed.
There is one confusing thing about this book if you've read the first one.
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