Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
(Vorkosigan Saga)

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In any other series, charming, strong, good-looking aristocrat Captain Ivan Vorpatril would have been the hero. It’s only because his cousin is the mad genius Miles Vorkosigan that Ivan had to wait so many books to get his own story. If you haven’t read Miles’s books, for heaven’s sake, start...
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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 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 adventures 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 hardwon freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar.

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About Lois McMaster Bujold

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Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy and has won five Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards, including a Nebula Award for Falling Free, included in Miles, Mutants and Microbes. She immediately attracted attention with her first novel, Shards of Honor, which began her popular Vorkosigan series, and quickly followed it up with The Warrior’s Apprentice, which introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters ever in science fiction. Her two recent fantasy series for Harper-Collins have been top sellers, from which Paladin of Souls took home her latest Hugo Award. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis, MN.
 
Published November 15, 2012 by Baen Books. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Caroline Russomanno on Apr 03 2016

In any other series, charming, strong, good-looking aristocrat Captain Ivan Vorpatril would have been the hero. It’s only because his cousin is the mad genius Miles Vorkosigan that Ivan had to wait so many books to get his own story. If you haven’t read Miles’s books, for heaven’s sake, start...

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Reviewed by James Rasmussen on Nov 19 2012

If you are a fan of the series, or simply appreciate a blend of sci-fi, thriller, romance, and comedy, then you should check out this book.

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