Agent of Change (Liaden Universe #9)
Terran Miri Robertson was a mercenary, but she retired to a cushy job as a private bodyguard. What she didn't know what that her client had powerful enemies. Now he's dead, and they're after her.
Reading this book jus ...more
Though I own a paper copy that had languished in my TBR pile for ages, I picked this up during its free promotional day for my new Kindle, and happily tested out the Kindle's read-in-daylight properties on my back deck this afternoon. Excellent! I shall have more photons this summer.
Action-adventure to the point of inter ...more
There are several shoot-outs, during which they take turns rescuing each other. There’s a trip on a psychedelic spaceship owned by big turtle aliens. I rather liked the turtles, and I wish my edition had this cover, which pe ...more
After recently re-reading this book I nudged the rating up from 4 stars to 5 stars. I am really enjoying reading this series over again in sequence, and one after another. There are so many nuances that become clear that I missed the first time. Part of the clarity comes from having read the series once. Things that I didn't realize were important; hints and 'seeds' now become clear. I am in awe of this writing duo and their ability to develop a complex universe full of personal ...more
Adventurous, romantic fantasy-science fiction-space opera, where Val Con and Miri meet for the first time, and subsequently pair up against the Juntavas (galactic mobsters, similar to the mafia), Yxtrang warriors, and brainwashed agents of the Dept of the Interior.
Falling in love along the way.
Who is watching their backs? Just some ancien ...more
I do love Val Con and Miri and that's what I was expecting when I opened the pages, lots of Val Con and Miri, so I was almost surprised to rediscover that at the beginning of the book, really Val Con isn't the Val Con we've come to know i ...more
This is space opera without melodrama, sf light on science (no more than a handful of science-babble words tossed around, actually), and a lighthearted romance between two intelligent people in a future world that is very careful to present gender equality. Faster-than-light space travel occurs with the equivalent of Hey Presto! and some fancy-sounding labels. The assassin assassinated, yet we are given no information on why he did what ...more
Miri Robertson is an ex-mercenary, ex-private bodyguard, whose last employer set her and the rest of his household up as a bloody sacrifice to cover his escape. His former emplo ...more
Miri, a tiny but accomplished mercenary soldier, retired, bodyguard, retired, ("have gun, will travel") finds herself in a life-threatening pickle when fate intervenes and brings Val Con to her aid. Against his better judgement, because of a hunch, he saves her life twice and helps her escape h ...more
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Val Con yos’Phelium, future head of Clan Korval, the most powerful of Liaden Clans has been brainwashed by the Department of the Interior, a clandestine organization intent on establishing Liade ...more
A few notes from the second reading:
1. Lee and Miller clearly love developing their protagonists. The antagonists, on the other hand, tend to be a bit flatter. But the antagonists also play a somewhat more minor role than one would suspect, since the main characters are forever tangling themselves up in misunderstandings, ...more
Sadly, this book has two big flaws in the plot department. First, I found it hard to believe the plot in context of the Liaden culture as set up in the other books in the series. It's not consistent with the universe created that anyone on Liad would d ...more
Okay, enough about the main characters. This book is actua ...more
Lee and Miller have amazing storytelling skills, and the Liaden Universe is wonderfully detailed. Not only does the plot have depth, but the characters and settings do, too. I literally could not put this book down the first time I read it, and I've read it so many times I had to get an electronic version: my book is falling apart!
It's easy to get so involved with the characters that one is eager to follow them fr ...more
I really enjoy the authors' use of language. They manage to convey the sense that the words you are reading (especially during character conversations) have been translated from another language and may only dimly reflect the true intended meaning of the speaker. I feel this is true in conversation even among two speakers of the same native language and appreciate the depth it adds to the story.
The stories are very enjoyable on a surface level and I wou ...more
Agent of Change is the first book in the Liaden Universe series-- and the authors' first novel as well.
Agent of Change is an exciting story with characters I fell in love with, and it takes place in a well-crafted, complex world. If you’re in the mood to oversimplify, you could say that Agent of Change is rather like James Bond, The Bourne Identity, and a classic space opera all rolled into one, with a thread of romance woven in for ...more
I liked the basic story. A spy who has enhanced/ brain alteration making him a valuable ...more
Val Con, a Liaden spy and Miri, a retired Terran mercenary find themselves thrust together by separate enemies. The enemies may be separate but they fate they plan for the reluctant partners is the same: DEATH.
I enjoyed this, my first of the Liaden Universe series. It has lots of action and the characters are complex and myriad. I found myself enjoying such diversities and Edger and the implacable Yxtrang. The story is colorful and the plot is intri ...more
val can be whoever he needs to be. he has been re-programmed by the liadens to be a super spy. he also has an implanted device that allows him to calculate the odds of survival in any situation. after he successfully ends his mission with the death of a target, he ends up in the middle of an attack on miri. miri is an ex-mercenary who took a job as a bodyguard, not knowing that her boss was in the middle of a mob war, and now the mob is after her. val and miri work together to escape th ...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Val Con es un agente especial encubierto entrenado por el Departamento de Interior Liaden. Tras una misión, y de forma totalmente fortuita, interviene en una situación callejera potencialmente letal para salvar a Miri Robertson, una antigua mercenaria con asuntos pendientes con el crimen organizado de los Juntavas. Varias situaciones les llevan a trabajar juntos para enfrentar a l ...more
I picked this book because it was highly rated at 4.34 stars. It turns out that people who read this shit are retarded. There are masterpieces that have lower rating then this.
The book started quite good, but I started to grimace half way trough, and twitch two thirds gone. Then I stopped. This book is ass gravy with cheesy dialogue, shitty plot, and lousy characters. The writing is ok.
I haven't written reviews on books I didn't finish before, but I made a exemption for this one to w ...more
While Goodreads considers this book 8 in the series, I have it on good authority that it's at or near the beginning of the series chronologically.
"LEE AND MILLER STRIKE SPACE OPERA GOLD."
—Robin Wayne Bailey
Once a brilliant First-in Scout, Val Con yos'Phelium was "recruited" by the mysterious Liaden Department of Interior and brainwashed into an Agent of Change—a ruthless covert operative who kills without remorse.
Fleeing the scene of his latest murderous mission, he finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a tough Terran on the run from a team of interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con a
Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In fact, she likes it so much that she ...more