The "rousing military adventure" (Locus) continues with a brand new Valor novel.
Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is a Confederation Marine's marine. She's survived more deadly encounters--and kept more of her officers and enlistees alive--than anyone in the Corps. Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Torin finds herself in an underground POW camp that shouldn't exist, where her fellow marine prisoners seem to have lost all will to escape. Now, Torin must fight her way not only out of the prison but also past the growing compulsion to sit down and give up--not realizing that her escape could mean the end of the war...
In the rough-and-tumble fourth military SF adventure for Marine Gunnery Sgt. Torin Kerr (after 2007's The Heart of Valor), Kerr is more than a little surprised to wake up after a disastrous battle and find herself in what appears to be an underground prisoner-of-war facility, since the enigmatic aliens called the Others take no prisoners. At least, that's the claim made by the Confederation of nominally pacifist older races that provide advanced technology to humans in exchange for waging war against the Others. Kerr soon encounters earlier arrivals, who seem oddly lethargic and resigned to their fate. She must learn what's sapping their willpower, organize an escape and figure out what the Others and the Confederation are up to. Huff's appealing heroine is as fiercely maternal as she is fierce in battle, sometimes to a degree that verges on cliche. The denouement is not unexpected, but Huff skillfully accomplishes its exposition while still managing a few surprises. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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June 02, 2008
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