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Diplomatic Immunity (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Title:Diplomatic Immunity (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
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Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold (2002)

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In Diplomatic Immunity, Miles and Ekaterin are on the final leg of their interplanetary honeymoon and are anxious to return to Barrayar where their two full-term babies (one boy and one girl) are ready to be released from their uterine replicators. But, as usual, something happens to delay their return. In this case, it??s a diplomatic issue ƒ?? a Komarran merchant ship with a Barrayaran military escort is being held up at Graf Station in Quaddiespace ƒ?? and Emperor Gregor asks Miles to go straighten it out on his way home. When Miles gets there, he discovers that a Barrayan officer is missing and possibly murdered. His investigation eventually uncovers a conspiracy which could lead to bioterrorism and war.

Some of our favorite characters are missing from Diplomatic Immunity, but fans will be happy to get reacquainted with the gene-manipulating bubble-dwelling haut ladies of Cetaganda; Bel Thorne, the Betan hermaphrodite who Miles had to ask to resign from the Dendarii Mercenary Fleet at the end of Mirror Dance; and Nicol, the Quaddie musician we met in the short story ƒ??Labyrinth.ƒ? We learn a lot about the Quaddie culture in this novel.

Roic, the big buff armsman is also a main character here and we see him rapidly and gratefully developing into Milesƒ?? right-hand man, a situation that he would never have foreseen after that embarrassing buttered underwear scene in A Civil Campaign. We also once again see Ekaterin as a cooly level-headed woman ƒ?? something that Miles appreciates immensely. She is important to the resolution of the story in Diplomatic Immunity but, unfortunately, Bujold doesnƒ??t show us some of those important scenes.

Compared to the earlier VORKOSIGAN books, Diplomatic Immunity, a mystery, is darker and more serious. The plot is slower and it lacks the situational comedy elements weƒ??ve seen in previous books. I should think this is a good change since I complained (just a little) in my review of A Civil Campaign that Miles wasnƒ??t acting his age. On the other hand, the comedy is a part of what makes these novels so entertaining and I missed it in Diplomatic Immunity.
This is a solid but not stunning VORKOSIGAN novel. Grover Gardner continues to excel with his narration of the audiobooks. I highly recommend this series in audio format. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
3 1/2 stars. Rushed ending with way too much summarizing, but parts of this were really, really wonderful. Very annoyed that the majority of Ekaterin being awesome happened either off screen or through a muddled POV that couldn't sufficiently convey it.
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  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
Another fabulous book in this complex and playful series. Brava, Lois! ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Feb 6, 2014 |
This is the first book of Miss Bujold's that I have read. Frankly, I found it to be an uninteresting read for the most part. Her characters are flat, with obvious nudges towards previous novels, and no explanations for these nudges whatsoever. The plot is thin in many places, the characters are somewhat predictable in their mannerisms. Her writing style is somewhat short, and her plot mechanisms are thread-bare. But I will note, that this is one book in a series. My impressions may have been different if I had started with the first novel. ( )
  TommyElf | Jan 5, 2014 |
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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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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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