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Valor's Choice (Confederation) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
The story follows a battle-weary platoon of space marines pulled from leave to escort a diplomatic mission. Their jobs are supposed to be merely ceremonial, but develop into deadly serious combat when the diplomatic mission goes awry.
The main character is the female staff sergeant of the platoon, and follows her from the beginning of the mission to the end, with some digressions to develop several other interesting characters. There is a minor, though somewhat predictable, plot twist midway through the book, and a nice twist in the ending.
my stars: 1, don't bother; 2, maybe from the library; 3, wait for the paperback; 4, read it; 5, a classic.
It starts out with a prologue that explains the "history" of the universe Huff has created. This is a very good thing, because none of that history could conceivably be told within the narrative of this book without massive info-dumps that would break the fluidity of the story. None of the back story is actually used in the book, but it flavours the feelings and actions of the Marines, and thus is very important to the feel of the book.
That being said, the different aliens and their characteristics can be very confusing sometimes, because of the off-hand manner in which Huff treats them. She's created some interesting ones (like the di'Taykan, who look almost like elves out of human mythology, and are hyper-sexual). The problem is that it's hard to keep track of which species does what. Then, you have numerous characters spread throughout these different species, and you have to try and keep track of who is what (oh, he's a Krai! That's why he's talking about eating anything and everything). Seriously, it can be confusing without a scorecard sometimes.Read more ›
It was a very good read and moved along well. I have a personal issue with remembering so many side characters and matching their names (and species) but the story kept my attention very well despite the introductions to a whole platoon of characters.
The main character was fleshed out very well and was very likable without being cartoony. The story managed to maintain some new items beyond the regular space war opera all the way up to the end.
I would enjoy a continuation of these characters in a series or other stories set in the same universe with similar characters.
Am looking forward to the author's next book
What I found very enjoyable about the novel was that the author placed far more emphasis on plot and character development than on detailing the weapons and military ranks (which seems to be a failing far more common in male authors than female).
The battle scenes were realistic and well described, and the characters, both major and minor were fully drawn (not cartoonish, as an earlier reviewer noted).
I highly recommend - and I hope Ms. Huff keeps true to her pattern of writing several books around a set of characters.
One and a half centuries later, Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr, acting first sergeant of Sh'quo Company, 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 rendezvouses with the diplomats on the Confederation Ship Berganitan. The diplomatic party consists of four spider-like Mictoc, four massively 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For humanity to be accepted into the Confederation of alien races, they must pay the price and fight as soldiers and marines when the leading alien races that don't want to bother... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kickarse Heroine Reviews
I really thought that this series would be better, it is just not for me.Published 1 month ago by Nyl Noswar
Love having a strong female protagonist solving problems in an atmosphere of conflict - and keeping a wry sense of humor while doing it!Published 3 months ago by JB
I really love this book. A veteran Staff Sargent leads her platoon on a diplomatic mission that soon becomes somewhat less diplomatic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Valor series is military sci-fi from female Sargent's point of view. Huff is fantastic at what she does. I read everything she writes like my other favorite top authors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Robison
Have read the complete series including Book 1 of the post military adventures of Gunny Kerr.Published 6 months ago by Richard L. Eilers