Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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"Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life of a staff officer to a Barrayaran Admiral. Ivan, cousin to Imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere leaving Ivan to enjoy like on Komarr. But when and old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman Tej Arqua his chivalrous nature takes over and danger finds him once again. Tej and her half-sister Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan but it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayarn family. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. Behind his facade of wry and self effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 9781451638455
1451638450
9781451638646
1451638647
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 25 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 20, 2018

Another fun book in the “Vorkosigan Saga.” Ivan Vorpatril is the cousin of major Bujold hero, Miles Vorkosigan, and is often pulled unwillingly into Miles’s dangerous schemes. Ivan has carefully avoided marriage for many years by avoiding long-term relationships. However, at age 35, with his short-term relationships growing less frequent and less fun, he thinks maybe it would be time to settle down. But the pool of suitable women has dried up and now marriage seems to be avoiding him. His duties as staff officer to an Admiral take him to the planet Komarr where an undercover agent requests that Ivan ask out a young woman so she won’t be home when a kidnap attempt is rumored to be taking place.

Ivan flirts with the woman and asks her out; but instead gets stunned and tied to a chair in her apartment -- when the kidnappers indeed show up. The young woman, nicknamed “Tej,” turns out to be a very important person indeed and determined to get away from being very important, since “very important” and “soon to be dead” appear to be equivalent labels.

As always with Bujold, the plot is twisty and the dialogue and writing are witty. You are pretty sure how the story will turn out; but it gets there in clever and unexpected ways.

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Knitwit50
Oct 23, 2013

The Vorkosigan series is one of the best sci-fi (or for that matter ANY) series around. The characters are memorable, the adventures astounding and the shenanigans of the characters will make you laugh out loud.

rdavis1902 Apr 29, 2013

This is in my recently returned list Why do you say I still have it out?

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lij
Jan 28, 2013

This whole series is great with fully drawn likeable characters who develop over time, including Ivan. He's often, to his horror, drawn into his cousin Miles' machinations and the butt of other characters' jokes or ire but here he gets to be hero, in a way that is consistent with his previous appearances and his background. Just a note, this book is set before the last Miles book, when they are turning 35. I'm glad Lois McMaster Bujold decided to fill in this gap in giving us Ivan's story.

LJHan Jan 11, 2013

Love Bujold's Vorkosigan saga novels. Ivan, while he might have been a mere "background" character in another writer's books, has always been important--not Miles important; Miles wouldn't accept that--in Bujold books. After Ivan's larger roles in "Memory", "Komarr" and "A Civil Campaign", he was due for a larger role. Nice to see he got his own story and he won't be a lonely bachelor. Now, due next is a story from Emperor Gregor's point of view...!

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ahsimlibrarian
Dec 14, 2012

Lois McMaster Bujold is so, so good at what she does. She writes wonderful characters that you would follow anywhere. She writes stories with great dialogue, political intrigue, humor, psychological depth and insight, romance and action. Once you start the Vorkosigan series you are almost guaranteed to read them all. This is the first book featuring Ivan as the main character; he's always played for levity in the other books and is here, too. This is a great book for fans and first time readers, too.

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