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Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

Diplomatic Immunity (2002)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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    Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: I think this was Bujold's model for how to write about your romantic hero after he's married. I think the Sayers is more successful.

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This book brings together Bujold's long-running Vorkosigan series the the quaddies who originally appeared in the separate story Falling Free, though one quaddie has appeared in an erlier Vorkosigan adventure. This story involves the now-thriving quaddie colonies descended from the quddies in Falling Free --humans bioengineered with arms in place of leg to functin better in free fall. A komarran trade convoy escorted by Barrayan space Navy ships has put in to a quaddie space station (all the quaddie setlements are space stations). A Barrayan Navy officer (actually a Komartran, part of Emperor Gregor's attempt to encourage assimilation) vanishes, ten another young KOmarran/Barrrayan who has a sudden romance with a quddie dancer (dancing is high art here0 fails o return to sjip ship; two Barrayans make a heavy-handed attempt to bring him back and break the quaddie woman's arm in the process; they are arrested by quaddie authorities. A squad of Barrayans goes in to get them back, and is captured in turn. At this point the emperor sends in his new Auditor, Miles Vorkosigan, then on his honeymoon with his new wife Ekaterin (married at the end of Civil Campaign.He finds that Bel Thorne, his former comrade in the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, is now the quaddie portmaster (and still a Barrayan secret informant). ( )
  antiquary | Mar 7, 2017 |
In this thriller, Miles faces the most horrific enemy of his entire career. Fortunately, his wife and his Cetagandan friends are suitable allies. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
Lord Miles Vorkosigan and Lady Ekaterin have their honeymoon interrupted by an urgent mission from their Emperor. They are summoned to straighten out a Barrayaran mess ("A fine mess you've gotten us into!") in the world of the Quaddies. As always, the situation escalates, twists and compounds to make for an adventure only Miles could unravel and survive.

Once again I have had the pleasure of spending time with Miles Vorkosigan in his crazy world. Full of action, yet an abundance of issues for a person to chew on, this kept me riveted from beginning to end. ( )
  MrsLee | Sep 30, 2016 |
Imperial Auditor Miles and his wife Ekaterin just want to make it home in time to see their babies born (like most civilised people, they're opting for a replicator birth). However, enroute, Miles is asked to stop and investigate a minor incident - Barrayaran troops have apparently created quite a disruption on Graf Station. Miles' diplomatic authority should be able to calm things down.
However, once he gets there, Miles discovers a thornier problem than expected. The issue isn't just drunk-and-disorderly troops, but a host of intertwining issues involving theft, smuggling, a host of political difficulties, any number of suspicious characters, and a chain of connections that may put the peace of the entire Barrayaran Empire at risk.

Great fun.

I'm not reading these in order, at all, but before reading this one, at the very least, you should've read 'Cetaganda' - I'm glad that I had.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
3.5 stars for the book. I found this one a bit slow going at the beginning although it certainly had plenty of action by the end!! It was nice to find that Bel Thorne had ended up with Nicol after all & makes me glad that I had taken the time to reread Labyrinth before reading this one.. Grover Gardner again gives a stellar narration. ( )
  leslie.98 | Sep 2, 2015 |
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Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the image above the vid plate, the sperm writhed in elegant, sinuous curves.
All Miles could think was Whoever first brought castanets to Quaddiespace has much to answer for.
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A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident on the station docks involving a security officer from the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. Just the sort of situation that calls for the attention of the Imperial Auditors, Barrayar's special, high-level trouble-shooters.

As luck would have it, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, the empire's youngest Auditor, just happens to be in the area. Of course, he and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long awaited births of their first children. But when duty calls - in the voice of Barrayar's Emperor, Gregor - Miles has no choice but to answer.

Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tension, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances and a lethal secret with wider consequences than even Miles anticipates. The entire system is in danger and time is running out.

Miles Vorkosigan is uncomfortably aware that the downside of being a trouble-shooter comes when the trouble starts shooting back...
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743436121, Mass Market Paperback)

Fans won't find this surprising in the least, but Miles Vorkosigan--the plucky, short-statured hero of Lois McMaster Bujold's beloved series--is uniquely incapable of having an uneventful honeymoon. Between a racially fueled diplomatic dispute, the appearance of a hermaphroditic old flame, and a bizarre Cetagandan genetic conspiracy, Miles just can't seem to get a minute of peace with his new wife, the lovely and resourceful Ekaterin (whom Miles courted in A Civil Campaign).

Miles had hoped to give "hands-on op games" a rest once and for all, but when the Emperor urgently calls on him to resolve a "legal entanglement" in Quaddiespace, diplomacy alone might prove inadequate. (Quaddies, you'll remember, are the no-legged, four-armed free-fallers introduced in Falling Free.) Our newly minted Imperial Auditor almost immediately forgets all about "Baby's First Cell Division" (after the assignment comes in, Ekaterin quickly observes "You know, you keep claiming your job is boring, Miles, but your eyes have gone all bright"), but even Miles feels the heat after his diplomatic attempts devolve into a series of flattering assassination attempts.

Vorkosigan (and family now!) is as winning as ever, with Bujold offering up her usual fun mix of space-opera action and droll social commentary in a character-centered plot. And here's a bonus for Milesophiles and Vorkosiga novices alike: a book-by-book timeline detailing what trouble Miles got into and when. --Paul Hughes

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When a Komarran merchant fleet is impounded at Graf Station, Miles Vorkosigan and his wife instead have the births of their first children on their minds. But duty calls, and the downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble shoots back.

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