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A suprise request for the main characters appearance on an exploration of an alien vessel sets the stage for a tense and potentialy deadly mission. Marine Sergeant Torin Kerr has been called into service by a General she insulted after she pulled his butt out of a very dangerous situation and stays puzzled as to why she was requested. Once again she finds herself in the thick of battle as well as having to obey the orders of incompetent officers. A very good read if you like military jargon and action.
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The review of this Book prepared by William Rawls

Daw, March 2002, 6.99, 416 pp.
ISBN 0756400627

    In the distant future, Earth has joined the Confederation in return for becoming a fighting arm of the empire along with other sentient species. Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is proud to be a marine fighting the Others, a race that covets confederation territory while refusing to negotiate with the delegates of the Confederation. In a life or death battle with the Others, she has come to the attention of General Morris.

    The General assigns her a top-secret mission to investigate a spaceship that is neither Confederation nor Other in a far corner of the galaxy. When Kerr boards the alien ship, she learns the hard way that it is sentient and doesn't like anyone shooting it. Trapped on board the ship with a group of the Others, Torin must find a way to escape or die trying.

    Fans of military science fiction will want to read THE BETTER PART OF VALOR, a thriller that is every bit as exciting as STAR WARS. Tanya Huff's latest work is so action packed and colorful it would make a great movie. Torin is a great heroine while the realistic species provide an authentic spin to this vigorous fantastic futuristic tale.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 25%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 15% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   lost in spaceship Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship    -   really, really giant spaceship/station    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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