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In the fourth book (chronologically speaking) of the Vorkosigan series, Miles has graduated. His first posting, in a place lovingly called Camp Permafrost, leads to a serious misstep - and his second posting puts him in a very tight spot: only he can save Emperor Gregor, but he has to use the Dendarii Mercenaries to do it - and to use them, he'll have to regain leadership.
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Our Hero, Miles Vorkosigan, gets his first military posting. Eventually he overthrows the camp commander, is sent on an espionage mission to a nearby system where he discovers that the emperor has run away. Miles has to save the emperor while avoiding murderous mercenaries.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   spying/espionage in enemy territorry    -   finding an assassin (political)    -   unraveling a conspiracy Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Training/Apprent.    -   Yes Working up the ranks of...    -   armed forces War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   spaceship battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   really, really giant spaceship/station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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