The Heart of Valor (Torin Kerr: Confederation Series #3)

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Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr was a Confederation Marine's marine. She'd survived more deadly encounters-and kept more of her officers and enlistees alive-than anyone in the Corps, and she was determined to keep that record intact. But since her last mission, she'd been sidelined into endless briefings and debriefings with no end in sight. So, of course, she'd jumped at the chance to go to Crucible-the Marine Corps training planet-as a temporary aide to Major Svensson. The major had been reduced to little more than...

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Overview

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr was a Confederation Marine's marine. She'd survived more deadly encounters-and kept more of her officers and enlistees alive-than anyone in the Corps, and she was determined to keep that record intact. But since her last mission, she'd been sidelined into endless briefings and debriefings with no end in sight. So, of course, she'd jumped at the chance to go to Crucible-the Marine Corps training planet-as a temporary aide to Major Svensson. The major had been reduced to little more than a brain and a spinal cord in his last combat, and he and his doctor were anxious to field-test his newly regrown body.It should have been an easy twenty-day run. After all, Crucible was only set up to simulate battle situations so that recruits could be trained safely. But they were barely on-planet when someone started blasting the training scenarios to smithereens. Suddenly, Kerr found herself not only responsible for the major and his doctor but caught in a desperate fight to keep a platoon of Marine recruits alive until someone could discover what was happening on Crucible.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The fast-paced third military SF novel in Huff's Confederation series (after Valor's Choice and The Better Part of Valor) examines how an interplanetary confederation might unite several distinctive species into an effective military organization despite widely differing physiologies, customs and mores. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Torin Kerr, recovering from injuries suffered in a first contact situation, accompanies a recruit platoon into the Crucible, a training planet where they apply their lessons in a realistic live-fire exercise against robotic drones. While the exercise is underway, the drones begin acting aggressively, without regard to fail-safes or their programming. Has the platoon come under attack by the mysterious Others, or is this related to the alien escape pod that everybody has forgotten exists except for Torin, her lover and an obnoxious reporter? The intriguing and well-designed aliens and intricate plotting keep the reader guessing. (June)

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Newly returned to active duty with a promotion, Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has the job of accompanying a batch of marine recruits on a training mission that takes them to Crucible, a planet able to be programmed for a variety of training scenarios. When marines start dying, Kerr and her fellow officers discover that someone has altered the programs and that the opponents they are facing are real-and deadly. The third installment in Huff's Confederation series (Valor's Choice; The Better Part of Valor) adds a new dimension to her military sf adventure series as Kerr begins to question the basis of the Confederation and its division into Elder and Younger Races as well as the true reasons behind the Elder Races' war against the alien "bugs." Series fans will enjoy this fast-paced adventure, appealing to the same audience as David Weber's Honor Harrington series. A good choice for most sf collections.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400139897
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Confederation Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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 has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in nearly every genre. A nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, she was won both AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards. AudioFile magazine says "Marguerite Gavin . . . has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion."

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fantastic military science fiction thriller

    In the very far distant future, the Confederation consisted of the elder races whconvinced other species to join them in the fight with the Others by making them space-faring species. The military consisted of various races who coexisted in harmony with one another. The heroine of the hour is Guunnery sergeant Torin Kerr, who single-handedly brought in the Silviss, a fighting sentient race into the Confederation, defeated an alien space ship and brought her squad home safely.-------------- Tired of the scrutiny, Torin agrees to go to Crucible where the newly enlisted marines will have their last stop in their training. Accompanying Torin is Major Svension recently released from the regeneration vat and his doctor to see if he has returned to his full fighting capacity. From the time they land nothing goes right as Torin¿s unit comes under attack from the Others. They destroy the Operations Unit and hacked into the computers that simulate the marines fighting the others. Torin has to use all her units and all the experiences that she gained to get them out of what looks like a hopeless predicament.--------------- Tanya Huff uses a different voice when she writes pure fantasy than when she writes urban fantasy and military science fiction. Readers who like the Honor Harrington series will thoroughly enjoy the Confederation novels. The protagonist is a strong and peaceful commander easily able to relate to men and women of different species because they know if the chips are down she will be for them. There is plenty of battle scenes and some shocking surprises in this fantastic military science fiction thriller.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Third Entry Lives up to Series Standard

    I have waited a long time for this book. Tanya Huff does the storyline proud with this offering. Great characters and action sequences all tied together in a riveting story. I just hope we don't have to wait as long for the next book about the Gunny.

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