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"Huff delivers the goods. Valor's Choice...is incredibly fun." ---Science Fiction Weekly

About the Author

Tanya Huff is the author of more than twenty novels, including the bestselling Blood books, the Smoke series, and the Keeper's Chronicles.

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career, and has over four hundred titles to her credit.
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Product Details

  • Series: Confederation (Book 1)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140015992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400159925
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,929,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Walter Tingle on April 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tanya Huff long ago became one of my preferred authors. This space opera is a stretch from her past fantasies, but done with her characteristic tight, clear prose, quick plotting, and good characterization.
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.
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Valor's Choice, by Tanya Huff, is an enjoyable military science fiction book with a very strong heroine. Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr has to be one of the more interesting characters I've seen in awhile, at least in a science fiction setting. It's a fun book to read, with some poignant moments as well. Unfortunately, thin characterization of the rest of the marines, as well as a plot that's very tightly based on a real historical occurrence and the movie that was made from it, mar what is otherwise a great book. Make sure you do not read the author's note before reading this book, or the last half of the book will be way too predictable.
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.
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Was semi surprised to see Tanya writing in a brand new genre but I liked the synopsis so I bought the book.
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
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My reading habits seem to go in cycles, and my most current cycle is military s/f - space opera. Therefore, I was very pleased to find that one of my favorite authors had broken new ground. While I most heartily wish that Ms Huff would continue with her vampire tales (I really don't think that the relationship between Vicky and Henry has been played out), a series of novels set in this world would be very welcome indeed.
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.
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I read everything Tanya Huff writes. I was a little nervous going into this one, because I knew it was space opera, instead of the fantasy she usually writes. I had also read an excerpt from it in What Ho, Magic!, and wasn't very impressed. But I haven't not liked one of her books yet, so I figured it was worth a shot. What a relief! Definitely space opera, but still the same likeable Tanya Huff characters, and plenty of humor. She obviously had fun with the over-the-top attributes of the genre. While I hope that she is done with space opera, since I can only take it in limited doses, this book does not disappoint. I'm sure I'll be buying the next Tanya Huff, whatever genre it is.
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Valor's Choice is the first novel in a combat SF series. When attacked by the Others, the Confederation is unable to defend itself, since all the member species have evolved socially to the point of being unable to take another sentient's life. So the Confederation invites the Humans to become their defenders; subsequently, the Taykan and the Krai are also invited to join as defenders.
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.
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