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Great follow-up to Carpe Diem and a big surprise in the final paragraph makes me eager for the next one! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 20, 2017 |
I am totally in love with the Liaden Universe books and, Plan B, was another great read and developed the story in many different directions. Lots of adventure, great dialogue, well developed and diverse characters all melded together into an intelligent and fun plot.

The House of Korval has invoked Plan B: retreat strategically, trust no one, prepare for an all-out war – as they are threatened by an unknown enemy. Meanwhile Val Con and his life-mate Miri are trapped by an Yxtrang invasion force. Coming to meet them are his brother Shan with his partner Priscilla, and eventually their sister Nova and a mercenary force. The wonderful turtles Edgar and Sheather are also trying to come to the aid of their adopted clutch brother, Val Con.

The action is intense and fairly non-stop but this is much more than a simple space adventure, the plot is enriched by the author’s use of inventive political intrigue, romance and humor. The reactions between the different cultures is fascinating and the reader is left knowing more about the Liaden Universe and very eager to learn even more. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 20, 2017 |
The bonds between life-mates are becoming a bit to much for me. ( )
1 vote Aelianna | Jun 5, 2013 |
Continuing the series, sort of fourth in published order (I think there are technically soem prequesl inbetween, but this is how Baen are putting them out, and it seems to make sense). It was the first of the abook s the authors wrote for the fans rather than under a bigname publishing contract - according to the blurb in the back pages anyway. You can't particularly tell.

It's still all fairly incincsequential stuff though, fun SF fluff verging towards milSF on this occasion. ValCon and Miri have fled to a world where her ancestral Liaden Caln resides, so that she can be re-united with them and her 'lifemating' with ValCon approved of. His family are all a scattered in space fearing vengence from Internal Affairs. It isn't particualrly apparent why the Yxtrang shoudl decide to attack this world, but they do. Fortunetly there are still mercenaries around from the IA influenced uprising. Miri and ValCon take control, including capturing a very rare Yxtrang prisoner. Measnwhile the rest of the family deduce their way to the same world and arrive in dribs and drabs. the grand family reunion doesn't take place in this book however, which was a lot of wrapping up details I'd liked to have seen, and may dull the beginning of the next one.

There's plenty more MarySue telepathy abilities, bnew skills invented and granted whenever need seems to arrise without explanation. The switch from pilot to soldier was particularly bad. I really wish there was a coherant explanation for these, and some form of consistency in their use between characters. Most of the time it just seems unlikely in the otherwsie technological advanced SF stuff. The various family honour dialogues play out as expected with humour cast here and there as appropriate.

These are fun, but very fast lightweight reads without the socio-political commentry that truly marks a deep SF novel. ( )
1 vote reading_fox | Jul 13, 2012 |
Con Val and Miri Robertson may have defeated the Agent of Change, but their escape route seems to be a case of out of the frying pan, into the fire. Plan B, Clan Korval's fallback in case of emergency. If you've wondered about Miri's connection to Clan Erob, the newly battle ready Dutiful Passage, and the lost Delm of Korval, Plan B may answer some questions. If you haven't a clue what I'm talking about, you might want jump into the Liaden Universe somewhere earlier - life as the Liaden's know it is changing fast, and newcomers will find it more than a bit confusing! ( )
  SunnySD | May 2, 2011 |
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Miller, Stevemain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Here we stand: An old woman, a halfling boy, two babes; a contract, a ship, and a Tree.

Clan Korval.

How Jela would laugh.

- excerpted from Cantra yos'Phelium's Log Book
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0441010539, Mass Market Paperback)

How can a series with terrific character development, witty dialogue, and high adventure fail? Lee, Miller, and dedicated fans refused to believe it could, and after 10 years, the Liaden Universe has returned from book limbo! If you can find them, look for other books in the series: Partners in Necessity, an omnibus of the first three novels, another omnibus containing two prequels, and the fifth book, I Dare. But feel free to start here: Plan B stands alone, though previous books provide rich back-story.

Meet Val Con yos'Phelium of Clan Korval. Val Con was once an "agent of change": recruited by Liad's Department of Interior (DOI) and redesigned--his memories blocked, his emotions suppressed--into a precision killing device. Val Con's sanity was saved by his lifemate, Miri Robertson. She's a half-Terran former mercenary sergeant even shorter than Val Con, and almost as deadly in combat. Miri also has Liaden dramliza (wizard) blood from her mother's family, Clan Erob. In Liaden society, one's melant'i (roughly: reputation, or face) is preserved by appropriate speech and behavior, including honor duels when a Balance is owed. Miri is nervous but Val Con says: "'Together, cha'trez, we are--' he bent his head, put his mouth next to her ear and breathed '--hell on wheels.'"

DOI has plotted to destroy Korval; Korval now invokes Plan B: retreat strategically, trust no one, prepare for all-out war. Val Con and Miri are trapped by an invasion force of the militaristic Yxtrang as they await Val Con's foster siblings, who are arming the clan. And of course their adopted Clutch brothers, Edger and Sheather, who resemble giant turtles, are also on their way. Somewhat more slowly. Can everybody stay alive long enough to reunite?

If you love Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan books, visit Liad. This is space opera at its best. --Nona Vero

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