The Better Part of Valor

The Better Part of Valor

by Tanya Huff

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ISBN-13: 9781101657829
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Valor Novel , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 60,622
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood PriceBlood TrailBlood LinesBlood PactBlood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular. Tanya can be found via Twitter at @TanyaHuff.

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"This sequel to Valor's Choice, featuring a gutsy, fast-thinking female space-marine protagonist, establishes veteran fantasy author Huff as an accomplished spinner of high-tech military-sf adventure." —-Library Journal

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Better Part of Valor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the distant future, Earth has joined the Confederation in return for becoming a fighting arm of the empire along with other sentient species. Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is proud to be a marine fighting the Others, a race that covets confederation territory while refusing to negotiate with the delegates of the Confederation. In a life or death battle with the Others, she has come to the attention of General Morris.

The General assigns her a top-secret mission to investigate a spaceship that is neither Confederation nor Other in a far corner of the galaxy. When Kerr boards the alien ship, she learns the hard way that it is sentient and doesn¿t like anyone shooting it. Trapped on board the ship with a group of the Others, Torin must find a way to escape or die trying.

Fans of military science fiction will want to read THE BETTER PART OF VALOR, a thriller that is every bit as exciting as STAR WARS. Tanya Huff¿s latest work is so action packed and colorful it would make a great movie. Torin is a great heroine while the realistic species provide an authentic spin to this vigorous fantastic futuristic tale.

Harriet Klausner

Nikkles on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a great sequel to Valor's Choice. The action is top notch, but the characters are great. The great characters are what set this book and this series apart from other military science fiction. It is a great escape from reality novel, as well as, being well written. How innovative!
Mardel on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Even though I read this about a month ago, taking a very long time to review, I enjoyed the hell out of this book. In fact, I went into a serious reading frenzy. Taking a chance, I had bought the first four novels in this series (two of them in the omnibus edition, giving me a two for the price of one deal). I'm usually not really into military fiction, it's just not really my usual reading interests. However, I've found myself almost obsessed with this particular series. It must have something to do with the strong female figure, in charge even as she's subordinate to her superior officers combined with Tanya Huff's unique sense of humor, writing style and the way she writes her dialogue. In about three weeks I had read all four of my Valor novels, and it only took me that long because I had a few other obligations and grandchildren. As of now, there's only one more book in the series waiting for me to buy...This series - Confederation series - It is far, far into the future. So far, in fact that there are many planets that have been colonised, terraformed, or discovered - all in different phases of advancement. It is so far advanced, that a lot of terms and phrases we take for granted don't make any sense because of technical advance, such as "rubber-stamp it". Nobody seems to know what an actual rubber stamp is, or what it was used for. One of the characters in the first two novels is full of these type of sayings. One of the fun quirks of Huff's writing. There are also entire universes (I might have the wrong term) at war with each other. The Marines are still the marines, but they do a lot of space travel, of course, to get back and forth. The Navy is the branch that runs the space ships - kind of like the navy has water ships now, just a different venue. The Navy and the Marines have, naturally, a kind of rivalry going on - I'm sure they do now in fact. In the first book - Valor's Choice, Torin Kerr, a Staff Sargeant in the Marines was part of a diplomatic mission gone wrong. One of her final actions involved punching the general - it needed to be done- but she also made a comment referring to parentage. Apparently he has remembered this. In The Better Part of Valor, the General orders her away from her regular platoon into an investigation of an apparently abandoned huge spaceship. Either he's punishing her for her previous actions, or he's using her skills - trusting that she's the best person for the job, since they are going into an unknown situation. Never know with a general. Seems a salvage operator (space style salvage operators - keeping open space clean by recycling broken and destroyed spaceship pieces and detritus) left suzumi space (similar to FTL travel) finding this large vessel just floating. Scans revealed no life forms. A scientific team is going to take a look at it, study it with the marines in attendance for safety. Torin is assigned a group of marines who have all been hand selected from a wide variety of other platoons. Their's is a top-secret mission to keep scientists safe while they try to find out what exactly this huge bright yellow ship is. Because it doesn't even scan as any metal or plastic that they've ever come across before. Unfortunately, complications arise almost immediately.From the moment they enter the ship, strange things begin to happen. First an explosion occurs, caused by the scientists deciding to drill into the wall. It kills almost all the scientists. Then Torin and the salvage operator fall through the floor - slowly.After this, they have to find their way to a new port, since the shuttle they came on and the airlock were destroyed in the initial blast. Their way seems to be complicated and yet when they most need it the most, they get a break in the form of a shortened passageway, or a sudden room. Creepily, the compartments and passageways start to feel familiar - they seem to have been taken right from their memories. Torin and the salvage operator finally get together w
SimonW11 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The second in the series and not so good. Our heroine is this time asked to lead an exploration of a possibly abandoned spaceship of unknown origin. Her CO appointed for political reasons is an incompetent glory hound.
TadAD on LibraryThing 7 months ago
As with Valor's Choice, this is fairly standard fare. A little less "military" and a little more "science fiction" than the first. The plot is less predictable this time out, which is good. The ending was a little weaker, which is bad.As with the first novel, if you enjoy military science fiction, you will probably enjoy this. If you're lukewarm on it or new to it, there are greener pastures elsewhere.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Quite a good military SF story, would probably be enjoyed by fans of David Weber, will trial it on husband.Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr has been put into a squad with an inept commander to investigate an unknown spacecraft. Interesting and very cool.
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