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I Dare (Liaden Universe #13)

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In the action-packed conclusion to the saga of the Liaden Universe(r), the war between Clan Korval and the sinister Department of the Interior escalates as the DOI attempts to recruit Val Con's less than scrupulous cousin to their cause...
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Ace (first published 2002)
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After reading the e-book, I listened to Caploe's excellent narration.
FREE: The first book in this particular sequence, Agent of Change (FREE on Amazon, and at Baen).

Anyhoo...Pat Rin yos'Phelium takes center stage in I Dare. He is a gambler of extraordinary luck and a champion sharpshooter, but alas, he's also a frippery, an elegant lordling with no dramliz gifts and no affinity for piloting. An outsider on the inside. Sad. No wonder he seems so aloof, even cold. I didn't
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars;A+

In the review I wrote for the paperback I said I couldn't decide if this was my favorite of the series or if Local Custom was. Well, I recently listened to Local Custom and I Dare came out way ahead. It had a fantastic mix of underhanded machinations, exploration, character development, magic, and moxy. This book is the culmination of a fairly significant story arc and it is very satisfying.
Dec 24, 2009 Melanti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, sci-fi, 2011
I really thought I had read this one - along with Local Custom and Scout's Progress. Once I started, it has become rather evident that I had not. This is the conclusion to the Agent of Change sequence - the plot-line with the Department of the Interior.

I've been fascinated with Pat Rin ever since his character was referred to in Conflict of Honors. While the first bit of Pat Rin we see is rather drab (no jewels or fancy parties to be seen), once he truly becomes involved in the action, his tran
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

I can't decide if this is my favorite of the series or if Local Custom is. Never mind, it doesn't matter; I loved this book. I am so happy to have re-read it because there is an amazing amount of complexity that I missed the first time.

The story is like a complex weaving. The reader is kept abreast of several story lines on multiple planets and as the book comes to its conclusion the lines weave more tightly and faster and the next thing you know there is a fabulous cohesive ser
Argghh! Andy Caploe ruined this for me. I didn't get very far into the story via the audiobook version (read the ebook not too long ago), but I couldn't STAND the voices he was using for Sheather and Edger (really doofus-brained voices), or for any of the female characters (e.g., Miri is seriously a kick-ass woman), etc. The one voice that's OK is the 'background' voice, the one he uses for the basic background story.

I don't know if I got a credit or a few dollars back on this. And I'm really s
Apr 13, 2009 Sbuchler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Mama
Genre: Space Opera

This book concludes the story arc started in _Agent of Change_. For all that I'm very fond of Miri and Val Con, the real "meat" of this book (imo) is the story of Pat Rin and Natasa reviving Surebleak. But then I have a great fondness for stories about rebuilding stuff. More so then any of the other books in the series, the POV jumps around _a lot_; between Val Con, Miri, Shan, Pricilla, Anthora, and Pat Rin. Alot of different stories/relationships are being followed.
Katharine Kimbriel
Jun 08, 2008 Katharine Kimbriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, YA who want space adventure.
Recommended to Katharine by: My hearthheart Whit
Shelves: science-fiction
This is great SF adventure with characters you will care about and fascinating new cultures where everything is not as it appears. Start with AGENT OF CHANGE and CARPE DIEM and watch the worlds, the characters, the strength of storytelling grow and grow!

The "Agent of Change" Miller&Lee books are among my favorite re-read books. Adult and YA-able -- mature concepts/relationships, no current vulgarities, graphic sex or senseless violence.
Julie Davis
Jul 13, 2009 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and exciting end to the Department's attempt to control Clan Corval. We get to see Pat Rin, the least known but not the least by any means, member of the Clan as he executes his plan for Balance on Surebleak. Fascinating look at how to reform a Wild West style planet that is out of control into a working society. As well as a dang good story.
Jul 15, 2014 Debrac2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Dare was awesome! I had put off reading Pat Rin's part of the story because I really had no interest in his character but he won me over! I do wonder why Koval thought the contract was still in force and why Val Con was so happy that the contract was terminated and Koval exiled!
One of the best books in the series. No matter how often I reread it, I laugh, cry, and shout with glee. 4/24/16 re-read: again, just as enjoyable the ?4th?5th? time around!
Dana Stabenow
Oct 14, 2008 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last (so far) in the Liaden series. I want more!
Jan 05, 2012 Jeri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 07, 2014 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this all over again. Awesome book in an awesome series.
Jan 02, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent addition to the Liaden Universe!
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Oct 17, 2016 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This one was a terrific end to the Agent series! The end reminded me of the end of the Sackett Brand, where all the allies gather. I really liked it.

And the Turtles are back!
Ah, finally finished. This book took me longer than expected to read since I hadn't been overly distracted or found myself having to set it aside for something else. I wasn't sure I was going to like reading this one since the focus was more on Pat Rin than Miri and Val Con (who were the reason I'd read the previous 3), however it turns out my fears were unfounded because Pat Rin is a fairly interesting character himself.

If there's one thing (beyond my dislike of "futurisms" in the writing) that
Jun 24, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I DARE The dynamic conclusion to the Agent of Change series in Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe®! Val Con yos'Phelium-a Scout, former Agent of Change, husband, brother to Turtles, and designated heir to Clan Korval's fortune and mission... whether you considered him respectable or not, no one would call him a gambling man. When he reappears demanding Balance and retribution, he looks exactly like the kind of leader his clan has been producing for generations. On his capable shoulders the fate

Nov 18, 2008 Kiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Just reread this because I've been in a Liaden universe rereading frenzy. This is a favorite for many fans of Lee and Miller, and I can understand why. The wrap-up of the plot events that began with "Agent of Change" is a pretty big deal. It involves all of the living members of Clan Korval that we've come to know and love, plus we get to know a few of them a lot better than we ever have before.

So why does it leave me a little disappointed? I think the biggest issue is that it could easily have
I'm about 75 pages in right now. A few issues:
There are too many story lines going on. All of the lines from Plan B and 2 new ones. Having all but 1 take place in the same time line, and then having Pat Rin's story being told several months behind everyone else, isn't helping either. It feels like The authors suddenly realized in this the 3rd book of a trilogy, that they've left out someone pretty important, and are scrambling to get his story line included and up to speed, while still moving th
Lis Carey
Feb 17, 2015 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf, fiction, audiobooks
The crisis that's been building in secret for decades for Clan Korval and for Liaden as a whole foods s come ng to a head. The Department of the Interior is ready to come out into the open and act directly. Agents of Change have been dispatched to Lytaxin to capture or kill Val Con. Ne'er-do-well cousin Pat Rin yos'Phelium, gambler and sharpshooter, has been approached by another Agent with a most interesting offer aimed directly at his ambition and presumed resentment. And a truly evil trap has ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Rhode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Loved it, except for the very last two pages that were too shameless a set up for the next series of books. Uncool for a book billed as The Conclusion of this story arc.

I've read this at least twice since it came out. When I look back though, I always think of it as two very different books. One being the Surebleak Saga and the other being the attack on Liad. The strands do come together fine at the end...but the Surebleak story line so caught my attention and imagination that I wish we had had
Apr 15, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each book in the Liaden Universe gets better - and that is rare in any book series. I only found the Liaden Universe recently and have been gathering them up wherever I see them. This book is a sort of culmination of Korval's story, of the Scouts, the pilots, and the attempted take-over of the planet Liad. I will admit, since each book introduced another character, another family member or members, I was worried that the story would be bogged down in keeping track of them, and of keeping interes ...more
Apr 30, 2016 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seemed like too many intertwined story lines, but in the end, an ok tale.

Suffers a little as all the protagonists seem to be just a little to god-like at this point with all their funky powers. Never really challenged in this book. Almost like Korval is the school for the XMen or the Avengers or something.

And seriously, another sci-fi book with a mob planet? Yawn. Surebleak was a disappointment.

The whole Anthora+RenZel do their magic thing at a convenient time sure seems like manipulating the
The final story so far in the Liaden series. Hopefully there will be more taking off from this point. I don't count the books about Theo Wately because they tell her childhood up until she shows up in this book (and are not nearly as good in my opinion) This might be my favorite of the series. Kind of depends on the day I guess. Great sci fi space opera and sci fi romance. The romances are light but they are an integral part of the story. I have a very great fondness for Pat Rin who could be con ...more
Kathy Martin
Jun 23, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The conclusion to the Agent of Change series sees Clan Korval and its allies bringing the war home to Liad to directly confront the Department of the Interior and to protect Liad. After the clan scattered in Plan B, Pat Rin, thinking he was the only one of Korval alive, plots his balance. He forges an alliance with the Juntavas and finds a lifemate in Inas Bhar, Sector Judge. Then he goes to Surebleak to make it the new base of operations for Clan Korval. Meanwhile the rest of the clan is making ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Scribal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk-syfy
My favorite space opera series.

Because this title is wrapping up several plot lines in the three book sequence (Agent of Change and Plan B precede it) it can seem a little choppy. But I found Plan B much less cohesive.

I loved getting to know Pat Rin and watching him solve so much more than his own problem!
Jul 31, 2013 BobA707 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Another great episode in the Liaden universe. Lots of imagination

Plotline: A little weaker than some of the others. Both the enemy and the RinTin thread seemed contrived

Premise: Excellent I love this universe

Writing: Beautiful, simple

Ending: Against all the odds ... good stuff

Pace: Never a dull moment

Immediate follow-up to Plan B. With the family scattered, cousin Pat Rin yos'Phelium is approached by agents of the Department of the Interior purporting to make him head of the clan, saying all the rest are dead. Instead he runs, with the help of his aide and pilot, and an unexpected ally.
A great book. Recommended. another favorite re-read
Jeff Crosby
May 03, 2013 Jeff Crosby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2013
Okay, large parts of this book are predictable. There are a few elements that over complicate the story without real reason. But, this is just flat out fun space opera from start to finish. I should note that it is heavily dependent upon the reader having previously completed the other books in the series.
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