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Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #13)

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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. Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Baen (first published May 1st 1999)
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Olga Godim
Jan 24, 2012 Olga Godim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Yeah, that was a really good book. Miles Vorkosigan, my favorite hero in all speculative fiction, is on the prowl again in this book, #13 in his own series. On the way home from his honeymoon, he is rerouted to the Graf space station by a message from his Emperor. There are problems on the station: an officer of the Imperial fleet has disappeared, another one has been arrested by the station authorities, the trade fleet belonging (partially) to the Empress has been impounded by the station polic ...more
Megan Baxter
Oct 27, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles is about to be a father? Huh. That fills me with nearly as much trepidation and delight as it does Miles himself. So naturally, there are lots of hidden strains of what being a parent means, and being able to have children, scattered through this book. They're subtle, as Bujold is great at not hitting you over the head with her themes, but they're definitely there.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I ca
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

One of the things I really appreciate about Lois McMaster Bujold is her ability to create such a wide variety of believable and alien characters and make it seem natural.

This book has a few light moments but mostly its another case of Miles and and anyone he can rope in to help, trying to unravel a baffling mystery (without starting a war). Its been a long time since I read Falling Free, so setting the book in Quaddiespace was a treat for me. The somewhat chilling insights into
Feb 05, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I just don't get it - how can every single book in the Vorkosigan saga be a home run?! It's a smaller cast, only a few of our favorite characters show up, but the book does not suffer for it. Such an imaginative wild ride of a whodunnit. This is a must read!
Aug 31, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't want this series to end.
Mike (the Paladin)
You know, Miles has an interesting life, and now so does his wife.

Here we have another satisfying addition to the saga of Miles Vorkosigan. Having overcome his challenges had spade command, been a super spy, saved countless lives, become the voice of the Emperor what more does one aspire to? Well, parenthood of course.

But (again "of course") things never go as planned in his many other diplomatic spy military tactical strategists get called away from their honeymoon to prevent a war.
May 18, 2014 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Another solid story in the Vorkosigan cannon. A galactic "whodunit" wherein Miles once again risk life and limb for the beloved empire. Some old familiar characters return; and grace triumphs over pride. Lady Vorkosigan is really growing into the role. She seems to be made for this, but I think there is just so much more to explore and not as much time was spent with her as I would have liked.

With these clones who need aliens! There are some strange genetics in this one. How scientifically proph
Another cracking adventure with Miles! I didn't want to put it down and quickly picked it back up again. Bujold is a terrific, natural storyteller - and if you've ever read any of her work, you don't need me to tell you that! Incredibly consistent and this is another strong addition to her Vorkosigan Saga.

It doesn't quite hit the peaks of her best, but my top 3 long-running series are now, very firmly:
1) Discworld
2) Dresden Files
3) Vorkosigan Saga

'Nuff said?

I have 40+ books sitting on my 'review
Dec 13, 2013 Olgalijo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could have given this book five stars if it weren't for the fact that there are other books in the series that are even better. Without going into spoilers I can say that Miles gets thrown into an adventure that involves previous Dendarii loved characters, worlds new and old that we have heard of or visited already, AND Ekaterine, God bless her heart, is a very cool, stable counterpoint for crazy old Miles.
Feb 04, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was good until the very end when the resolution was a verbal recap rather than real-time telling. Not sure why that was though.... Otherwise, it was still a very good installment.
Rosario (
After the emotional rollercoaster that was the amazing A Civil Campaign I took a little break from the Vorkosigan series, and the long trip back to Uruguay seemed like the perfect time to start the next one in audio.

Miles and Ekaterin are on their way back from the honeymoon, when a message from Gregor catches up with them. A Komarran merchant fleet, travelling under Barrayarran military protection, has been impounded in a distant part of the galaxy. Turns out Miles is relatively close, and coul
Kat  Hooper
Jun 10, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

Warning: Contains spoilers for previous books.
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 — a Komarran merchant ship with a Barrayar
May 05, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-sf, read-2015
Diplomatic Immunity is a good, solid mystery story set on a space station. Miles is now established in his career as an Imperial Auditor, a sort of special investigator for the emperor. He and his wife Ekaterin are on their honeymoon, but are diverted on their way home to deal with an emergency situation between a Barrayaran space fleet and a space station occupied by the Quaddies. The Quaddies are a genetically engineered race of people who have four arms rather than two arms and two legs, and ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Victoria by: Joseph S
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May 13, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh the joy, especially after a couple of very disappointing reads lately, of running headlong into the arms of my sweet Miles. Of course, I knocked him flat on his a** as I'm 12 inches taller, but Miles just laughed. He's great that way. Our time together was hindered somewhat by the presence of his new wife, Ekaterin, but I managed to ignore her completely. Miles was brilliant as usual, managing to solve a mystery at a Quaddie space station that could have precipitated a war. Not on Miles' watc ...more
Kristi Thompson
Least interesting of Bujold's novels I've read yet. The Miles Vorkosigan series started going down after Mirror Dance - I only liked Civil Campaign because of Mark, and he wasn't in this one. No decent supporting characters at all, actually.

It was just basically a science fiction space procedural mystery - not my favourite kind of mystery at all. I like her books for the characters, not the threats to the galaxy. No character development, just Miles being his superheroic ultracompentant self. I
Caprice Hokstad
Aug 04, 2014 Caprice Hokstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy Bujold penned a "redemption" tale for Bel Thorne. Yes, there's a lot more to it than that, but Bel is very well redeemed from the past disgrace and forced resignation from the Dendarii Free Mercenary fleet. Some things were confusing to me, but that seems to be standard for any tale involving Cetagandans. Fortunately, I love the protags so much, that not understanding Cetagandans just doesn't bother me enough to be a put-off. I will read again, most certainly after a second go-throu ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles & his lady in another twisty mystery set in Quaddie space. She's as good as he is & some threads from his past come home to roost. It was a lot of fun, as usual, but not critical to the series. Well worth reading, though.

As usual, the galactic community is well represented. It's an interesting bunch.

Same reader. I don't know why I can't remember his name, but he's quite good.
I love this series, and listening to Grover Gardner just makes it even better, hence the 5th star (ebook gets 4).

2014 - this is rapidly becoming a favorite on the level of *Memory*; just so much good story in this, including Ekaterin telling Miles to stop panicking and shape up, get on with the job he's stuck with. And Bel Thorne is back.

4.5 stars rounded up.
3.5 stars. Good, and sometimes great. Miles and Ekaterin are enjoying a belated honeymoon, visiting other planets while their twin babies grow in their uterine replicator back home on Barrayar. A problem occurs in Quaddiespace, and Emperor Gregor asks Miles to check it out as his official Imperial Auditor -- a kind of inspector general or chief snoop with almost unlimited imperial power.

So off he goes with Eketarin, running into his old pal Bel Thorne, former pilot in the Dendarii Free Mercenari
Feb 17, 2014 Ghoule rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Je ne réalisais pas à quel point je pouvais détester la science-fiction militaire avant de commencer la lecture de ce roman!

Déjà que plusieurs auteurs de SF, pessimistes, ont tendance à nous prédire un retour à l'impérialisme, s'il faut lire des récits (parce qu'en plus, c'est une longue saga) dans lesquels l'auteure se complaît à AIMER cette tyrannie monarchiste, je ne peux faire autrement que me révolter.

C'est possible que je n'ai rien compris à cette « Sage Vorkosigan » en ayant commencé par
May 30, 2010 Kathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 21, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
This is the fourteenth novel in the Vorkosigan Saga, a science fiction series mostly centering on Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most memorable protagonists in science fiction. Unlike the usual action hero with bulging biceps, Miles was born with potentially crippling physical problems--stunted, brittle boned. Which means Miles survives on his wits. Much more than just survives, and the story in Diplomatic Immunity puts on display a lot of the hallmarks that makes Miles one of my favorite fictiona ...more
John Carter McKnight
Despite being a huge fan of Bujold's Vorkosigan novels for over 20 years, I'd never read this one before: for some reason, I'd skipped all the stories dealing with the Quaddies, humans genetically engineerd for zero-G.

Diplomatic Immunity is the post-Dendarii novel most reminiscent of the earliest books in the series: fast-paced, a complex plot beginning with an almost trivial initializing incident and quickly spiraling out of control, with Miles running to catch up and gambling with his life an
Michael Burnam-Fink
Sep 12, 2015 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Diplomatic Immunity is a callback to the earlier Miles stories, with a relatively simple espionage-intrigue related plot, and madcap heroics to save the day.

Imperial Auditor Vorkosigan's honeymoon is interrupted with an urgent message to go to Quaddie space and sort out a problem between a Barrayaran trade fleet and the Quaddie authorities. The Quaddies, genetically engineering humans designed for zero-G with four arms, didn't do a solid job investigating the disappearance of a Barrayaran office
Oct 03, 2014 Cecily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
February 2016 update: Bumping this up to 4 stars from 3. It's fabulous and even better after having just read Falling Free. It's a great whodunit involving a lot of favorite pieces from Miles' Dendarii past: Bel, Nicol, Jacksons Whole, The Star Creche, etc. And the stakes were super high and scary as they encountered the nasty weapons used by the bad guy. Plus, I just love that last chapter.


It's a shame to give this three stars since it's brilliant and hilarious and contains a really gre
Apr 01, 2014 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is an excellent series. Bujold has done an amazing job with Miles, maturing him through the series so that it all seems plausible. In this book, she allows him to have a Naismith experience that almost kills him. Miles does not escape unscathed. Miles is proving to be an exellent auditor. In this book he manages to stop war breaking out between the Barrayrinas and the Cetagendians - a definite positive.

While the book is mostly about Miles, we also see his wife assuming her role as Lady Vor
So here we have yet another setting for a Miles adventure, Graf Station in Quaddiespace, where Miles must quash some sort of diplomatic problem whilst he and Ekaterin are on their way home from their honeymoon. Of course, all hell breaks loose, including out of control junior military men, angry people of various ... groups, a sort of terrorist, bioweapons, and, well, everything else, all moving inexorably toward the ignition of a potentially vast war between the Cetagandans and the Barrayarans, ...more
May 07, 2010 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Series Selection May 2010
I read this as part of the omnibus edition Miles, Mutants & Microbes and as the Beyond Reality book club series selection for May 2010.

On the return trip from their delayed honeymoon, Miles and his wife are diverted by Emperor Gregor to do diplomatic damage control duty in Quaddiespace. Since they are expecting twins back home on Barrayar (via the ultraconvenient uterine replicators), they are anxious to mop up the mess and be on their way. Like an onion, the layers of mystery unpeel slowin
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

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