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From the back of the book
Valor’s Choice Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and her platoon were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be “easy” duty as the honor guard for a diplomatic mission to the con-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything. Sure, there’d been rumors of the Others – the sworn enemies of the Confederation – being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumors. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others attacked or claimed these lizardlike warriors for their side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly…
The Better Part of Valor Never tell a two-star general what you really think of him…That was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr had made with General Morris. And Torin’s reward – or punishment – was to be separated from her platoon and sent off on what might prove an extremely perilous assignment. She was commandeered to protect a scientific expedition to a newly discovered and seemingly derelict spaceship of truly epic proportions. Only time would tell whether the ship was what is appeared to be, or a trap created by the Others – or the work of an unknown alien race with an agenda that could prove all too hostile to other life-forms…
My Rating: 5 out of 5
How I Got It: Bought
I loved these first 2 installments of the confederation series. I like military sci-fi, and I love kickass female characters and both were included here. Torin Kerr is one of the strongest female characters I have ever come across. Yes, ultimately she has to follow orders, but she does her damndest to keep all of her Marines alive while following them and it’s her passion to keep her Marines alive that’s one of her best qualities. In addition to a strong female lead character, the series (so far) has a cast of characters that I came to love. The rapid-fire dialogue really sets the tone of these two novels. The omnipotent description of the alien races didn’t help my understanding as much as the dialogue and interaction between the characters did. Torin’s internal dialogue, however, is the best source of information about the other members of the confederation. I flew threw this collection, and proceeded to devour the rest of the series. I loved every minute of it!