The further adventures of Miles Vorkosigan - hyperactive little git and
genuis. Miles and Ekaterin are on their honeymoon when a situation develops
on Graf Station and Miles is called in to sort out murder, overzealous
soldiers, paranoid stationers, old friends, new enemies, and a really twisted
conspiracy. All in a day's work for our hero.
God I love these books. I was so
excited about this one that I made the mistake of ordering an advance copy
to be read online in installments (see the Baen
Webscriptions site). It's a great idea, but turned out to be pure torture
when I was left at a crisis point two-thirds of the way through the book
and no more chapters for a month. Ack!!!
This is Miles' most suspenseful adventure
yet. He and Ekaterin are on the last leg of their honeymoon when he gets
a call from the Emperor informing him that they have a "situation." The
Komarran trade fleet has been impounded at Graf Station. The Barraryan
military escort is up in arms because one soldier is missing, persumed
dead (all they found was some blood), another soldier has deserted to be
with his local girlfriend, and a whole squad is in jail for shooting up
the police station in a botched rescue attempt. That's just the beginning;
things get complex from there. I can't possibly explain all the twists
and turns (plus I don't want to spoil the surprises), you just have to
jump in and hang on for the ride.
Miles is everywhere - picking up
clues, soothing tempers, running into old friends (it's Bel!), coming very
close to death, and in general just trying to solve things quickly so he
and his wife will get home in time for the births of their first children.
He's as manic as ever and Ekaterin is the perfect foil - forcing him to
eat occasionally and getting him to explain his amazing leaps of logic
so that everyone else can follow along.
Really, I love this book too much
to describe it coherently. Go buy it, read it, and thank me later.