Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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Book Fourteen in the best-selling Vorkosigan series.

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 his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in ...

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Overview

Book Fourteen in the best-selling Vorkosigan series.

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 his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, Ivan’s chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson’s Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret of which even she may not be aware. It’s a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barayarran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej’s homeworld.

But none of Tej’s formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan’s façade of wry and self-effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch–up to and including making the ultimate sacrifice to keep her from harm: the treasured and hard-won freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar.

About Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga:

“Fans have been clamoring for Hugo winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel. . . her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot.”—Publishers Weekly on Cryoburn

“Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development…[E]normously satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly.

“One of sf’s outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series.”—Booklist

“. . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . .”—Locus

About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity:

“Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes. . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”—Publishers Weekly

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Captain IvanVorpatril had hoped that being several planets away from his trouble-plagued cousin MilesVorkosigan might keep him from breathtaking adventures, but he couldn't have been more wrong. Far from being a quiet respite, his stint as a staff office on the planet Komarr turns out to be a tangle of troubles, most of which seem to be centered around an attractive, yet ever so mysterious young woman named Tej. Acclaimed in hardcover; now in trade paperback.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451638455
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Vorkosigan Saga
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,132,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a hugely popular science fiction mainstay with multiple New York Times bestsellers including previous entries, Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Bujold at her best

    I love the writing of Lois McMaster Bujold--she's smart, fast, wise, and can be very funny. In Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, she focuses on on the the regular characters in her wonderful Vorkosigan Chronicles, Ivan Vorpatril, cousin to the Miles Vorkosigan, the central character of the series. Ivan is Miles' cousin, and they were raised almost as brothers, with Miles as the mad disabled genius, and Ivan as the elusive underachiever who is nonetheless the first person Miles calls on when he needs absolute loyalty. In LVA, Ivan is drawn into helping a damsel in distress--and his life is turned upside down in the best possible way. Delightful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Another excellent member of the Vorkosigan Saga Series

    I bought this novel as soon as it was published. I have been a devoted fan of Ms. BuJold's series ever since I discovered it several years ago. This is a completely new novel and can be read independently of other novels in the series. It's, as always with this series, a very entertaining story that you simply don't want to put down until you finish it (and you ask when is the next book going to be published)!

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I'm a huge fan of the Vorkosigan series, and with the exception

    I'm a huge fan of the Vorkosigan series, and with the exception of a few
     "side stories" (Winterfair, Ethan of Athos)I've loved every one. Of course the
    best Vorkosigan books have plenty of Miles in them, but the pre-Miles books
    were good, too. I've always found Ivan to be an interesting character, so I was
    kind of excited to see what Lois might do with him as the star of his own title.
    I wonder if she is still wondering what to do with him, because she did little or
    nothing with him in this book.

    It starts out with an interesting premise, and the "accidental" marriage could
    have been--should have been-- full of sparks, but when Bujold wrote Ivan like
    oatmeal and Tej, his new bride, like wall-paper paste, and then threw in a
    tedious family plot that went on forever with a climax that was hardly a climax
    at all, and then a "wrap up" that went down uninteresting side trails and
    probably the most boring epilogue ever written, I was left saying,
     "What the hell, Lois?"

    Is this a case of getting too famous to listen to an editor or did her editor go
    on vacation?

    Lois knows how to write Miles--maybe she better stick with him.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    One of the best books I've read all year!

    I bought this book for my Father's birthday and he handed it to me two days later with orders to "Read this now!" I'm so glad I got it for him and I'm so glad I read it, too! I laughed out loud too many times to count. What a great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    I agree with suzanne's review. I enjoyed this book, and he whol

    I agree with suzanne's review.
    I enjoyed this book, and he whole series. Cannot wait for the next book to come out with Miles and Ivan and the regular cast of characters.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    LMB is my all time favorite author, and I am a huge fan of the V

    LMB is my all time favorite author, and I am a huge fan of the Vorkosigan's. Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when I heard that she had a new book on its way, and it was about IVAN of all people. I love Miles** (the main character of most of the other books in the series) beyond reason, but I've also always had a very soft spot for Ivan. None of his family has been able to figure out that just because he's-not-like-Miles doesn't mean he is less-than-Miles, and I was glad to see him get a story of his own.

    I managed to avoid all spoilers about this book, and refused to be tempted by the e-ARCs that was available from Baen Books months ago, all because I wanted to be able to read this for the first time in hardcover. I was not disappointed. This was a very satisfying visit to the world of the Vorkosigan's and it had plenty of good cameos from nearly all of my favorite characters.

    Having said that: I'm not sure I would recommend this is as a point of entry in to the series. I think a new reader would enjoy it, but there are so many references that were made more meaningful to me because I knew the rest of the story. I'm die-hard enough about this series that I really think you should start all the way back at the beginning with Cordelia's Honor and then work your way forward.

    And know that I am jealous of you, starting these books fresh, because as much as I love re-reading them, I would dearly love to go back and read them all again "for the first time" -- they are that good.

    Yes, I know they are space opera, but that doesn't really matter. They are good stories with amazing characters.

    **As proof of my adoration: I named my cat Miles....

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    Bujold's subtle wit and deft characterization makes this an ente

    Bujold's subtle wit and deft characterization makes this an entertaining winner! It is a pleasure to see Ivan come into his own at last (although he has been showing signs over the last several books of this series that he is not quite the idiot he is so often called, after all). The author has an almost unique ability to make one care for her characters, even if you would disapprove of them heartily in normal circumstances,

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    Georgette Heyer's Cotillion meets the Addams Family -- an Addams

    Georgette Heyer's Cotillion meets the Addams Family -- an Addams family that has Godfather tendencies. A hero and heroine who are perceived as feckless and useless by their nearest and dearest seek their own happiness amid intergalactic family war. Add the cockiness of The 39 Steps to the banter of plays by Tom Stoppard or David Ives, as well as a bit of military adventure a la Indiana Jones, and you might approach the fun of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. If you know any of the works I've mentioned -- or know other Bujold books -- you'll enjoy the references. However, no past reading is required to recognize and laugh with these characters, as we all know that the true term for inlaw is outlaw.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is a long-running chara

    Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is a long-running character-driven quasi-feudal space opera (with cast of thousands). Because the question is less whether to read Bujold than whether to pick up this particular volume, I'm posting my review in the form of a decision tree.

    1.Are you a fan of romantic comedy?
    1-YES-> This is a wonderful example. [CONTINUE to 1.1]
    1-N0 -> This one might win you over. [CONTINUE to 1.1]

    1.1.Are you already a fan of the Vorkosigan series?
    1.1-YES-> [CONTINUE to 1.2]
    1.1-N0 -> Are you an experienced reader of romance?
    1.1.1-YES-> This is a brilliant riff on a well-known romantic trope.
    ------------[CONTINUE to 1.2]
    1.1.1-N0 -> Start with one of the other books, such as "The Vor Game."[STOP]

    1.2.Do you love Ivan?
    1.2-YES he's brilliant!-> [CONTINUE to 1.3]
    1.2-NO he's an idiot! -> Consult your psychoanalyst.[STOP]

    1.3.Do you love Illya..er..Simon Illyan?
    1.3-YES-> [CONTINUE to 1.4]
    1.3-NO -> Simon has a great part in the story [FLAG] and [CONTINUE]

    1.4.Do you require the presence of Miles Vorkosigan?
    1.4-YES-> Miles & the Vorkosigan house have tiny cameos. [STOP]
    1.4-NO -> [CONTINUE to 1.5]

    1.5.Do you appreciate brilliant plotting?
    1.5-YES-> This one is meets high-Vor standards [CONTINUE to 1.6]
    1.5-NO -> Don't worry, the story is also loads of fun! [CONTINUE to 1.6]

    1.6-Are you willing to accept a bit of uneven pacing in what is essentially two separate stories linked together by a central romance?
    1.6-YES-> [CONTINUE to 1.7]
    1.6-NO -> [STOP]

    1.7-[BUY THIS BOOK!]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    In this book, Ivan is Ivan. If you expect a Miles Vorkosigan ty

    In this book, Ivan is Ivan. If you expect a Miles Vorkosigan type of adventure your going to be disappointed.
    This is an Ivan Vorpatil Adventure. What you should expect is to see what the guy who is always more comfortable in his role of dimmest star in a family of brightly shining stars acting on his own to handle situations that would flummox most people.

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