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Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #5)

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In the wake of unexpected planetary peace and the disappearance of the Dendarii payroll, mercenary captain Miles Naismith attempts to discover the link between the insufferable Captain Galeni and the Komarran rebel expatriates. Reissue. AB.
Paperback, 338 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Baen Books (first published January 1989)
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mark monday
so how tall is Tyrion the Imp anyway? I think Miles Vorkosigan is well under 5 foot. both characters are brilliant, idiosyncratic, lovelorn, and really full of themselves. I always thought that Tyrion was a complete original but there's a lot of Miles in him and Miles came first, right? I suppose it doesn't matter who came first, what matters to me is that these are two of my favorite creations in all of genre fiction. well I've always had a fondness for short guys with big brains. Miles actuall ...more
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Miles Vorkosigan is on my list of the top 10 best SF characters ever. This is another great novel, though IMHO not the best.
**edit 11/26/13

My advice regarding the Vorkosigan Saga boils down to this: go read them. All of them. I suggest starting with The Warrior's Apprentice--and no, this isn't one of my usual careless suggestions to jump midway into a series; it's recommended by Bujold herself. And now, onwards to Brothers in Arms!

In Miles Vorkosigan's most recent mission as his alter-ego Admiral Miles Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, he was sent undercover to rescue one important man from a Cetagandan POW
Miles and his Dendarri Mercenaries -- including his latest crush, Elli Quinn -- vist Earth for some R&R and basic shuttle repairs, but nothing is ever simple when Lord Miles Vorkosigan (Admiral Naismith) is around. From here, things grow even more complicated, because now there is a third Miles. His clone. Good thing cousin Ivan is around to cover his back.

I like this cover best:


The Vorkosigan Saga is space opera -- an adventurous lark across the cosmos, laced with danger, romance and philo
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 06, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
Brothers in Arms is marked as the 8th work in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga and most definitely is not the place to start. I definitely recommend the series as a whole. Miles Vorkosigan, the primary character in most of the books is a literary heart throb, and this series is about as good as space opera gets. I like that Miles isn't the usual handsome or brawny hero you find in this genre. Rather, like his nautical counterpart and literary ancestor Horatio Hornblower, Miles succeeds on his wits--unde ...more
Another fun adventure with Miles. This one is set in London, on Earth, which is a bit of a backwater. Other than that, it was pretty typically Miles - kind of crazy, a bit spastic, irreverent, & definitely twisty. As usual, none of Miles' superiors are very happy with him as he undermines & usurps their authority through sheer intelligence, energy, & force of personality. How he does this is most of the fun.

There wasn't anything really new & improved in this novel though, so I ca
D.M. Dutcher
I didn't really care for it. Well written, but with an annoying, almost manic main character who is prodded and pulled into one situation after the other, and makes irrational, almost crazy decisions designed to drive the plot. I enjoyed the Vor game, but here Vorkosigan seems almost on the urge of mental breakdown, to the point where characters call him on it. In fact, what's surprising is that he gets called out on a lot of things and has no real answer or at best an irrational one-why he both ...more
Miles Vorkosigan continues to get in trouble and the series continues to be fun to read. There is nothing extraordinary about the plot, but the characters are just so good that even an average plot is engaging. Seriously if not for previous character development within the series this would just be an average read.

The introduction of the clone played well with Mile's developing worldview of family and individual value. Living in a culture that abhors disabilities, Miles has taken a unique (with
Michael Burnam-fink
After the great prison break in Borders of Infinity, the Dendarii Mercenaries are due a little R&R on Earth, along with 18 million credits in backpay. When that pay doesn't arrive, Miles is thrown into a whirlwind of intrigue, treachery, and old grudges. A passing lie-that Miles Vorkosigan and Miles Naismith are clones, turns out to be more true than anybody might expect. This might be my favorite Vorkosigan book so far, with a practically perfect biotech plot and incredibly compelling chara ...more
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Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Series Selection Jan 2010
Another exciting romp with Miles and the Dendarii mercenaries. After a successful liberation of a Cetagandan prisoner camp, Miles, in his role as Admiral Naismith, is being hunted by the Cetagandans. The mercenaries find themselves on Earth and Miles checks in with the Barraryan embassy and assumes his role as Lieutenant/Lord Vorkosigan. The security officer he reports to is Captain Galen, a Komarran. He is pleased to find Ivan there. Miles is anxious to get "paid," as extensive repairs are unde ...more
Taken as a whole, the Miles Vorkosigan series is simply outstanding. The series is built around the character of Miles. And through them we learn about his world, the forces that created him, how he thinks and acts and the people who love, hate, respect and revere him.

Taken as parts of the a whole, the books each stand on their own merits and, although are ostensibly classified as Science Fiction, I find that they could be cross-classified with other genres.

The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor
Dec 12, 2011 SA rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
"Miles Learns About Family Obligations." Or rather, he internalizes it in a way he had kind of shoved to the side previously, placing 90% of his focus on the Dendarii and being Naismith and precious little on being Vorksosigan, and Barrayar.

In the context of how far I've read into the series now, I see this plot as the lever needed to advance things in the direction Bujold was intending, and I appreciate it a lot more than I did in the midst of reading it. The two things in particular I liked a
Thrilling escapades combine with madcap situations in this fine novel in Bujold's military space opera series featuring Miles Vorkosigan. In this tale, Mile's position as a lieutenant in the Barrayar imperial security forces and hereditary Lord comes into conflict with his secret role as an admiral of a mercenary fleet used for undercover operations. The fleet has fled to old Earth after liberating a prison camp from an enemy empire and struggles with bankruptcy when their payment mysteriously d ...more
Althea Ann
Admiral Miles Naismith is back from an extended and successful mission leading the Dendarii mercenaries. Now, at the legendary home planet, Earth, Miles expects to be able to collect six months' pay (plus expenses) for his fleet, and do some tourism.
Unfortunately, there seems to have been a breakdown in communication regarding the position of his 'real' identity as Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his covert work for the Barrayaran Empire. No pay seems to be forthcoming, and he finds himself confined t
Oct 05, 2014 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Victoria by: Joseph S
Shelves: best-books
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Brothers in Arms is another space-opera mystery starring Miles Vorkosigan. There's not a lot I can say about it without giving away major plot elements, but I found it somewhat less enjoyable than other entries in the saga. The action was somewhat... bureaucratic in nature, and the central conflict was more interesting in theory than in execution. Still, Bujold knows how to tell a story and keep the suspense high, and despite the middling plot she succeeds in penning an enjoyable space drama. Pl ...more
Katherine Coble
Not my favourite of the Vorkosigan books; there is too much x-filesish running around in disorienting spaces. I dislike that type of storytelling, where you can't get a mental fix on the setting. This book was much less cerebral than the previous Vorkosigan novels. Ironically it's the least relatable; I found myself far less interested in this Earth-based tale than any of the stories set on foreign worlds.
In many ways this book seems like the "bottle episode" of the series, with everyone confin
Miles is so young! And so is Duv! And Mark! And Bel! My babies.
5th book in the Miles chronology (including the Borders of Infinity novella collection). Miles reports to the Barrayaran Embassy on Earth (his first visit) with urgent need of funds for repairs for the Dendarii fleet. He's assigned to the embassy, as Lieutenant Miles Vorkosigan, and the fleet is ordered to remain on standby while the funds are requested from ImpSec. Meaning that Lieutenant Lord Miles Vorkosigan and Admiral Miles Naismith are required to be in the same place for the first time, a ...more
Scattered and contrived, inferior to most entries in the series.

Brothers in Arms is the tale of Miles Vorkosigan on Earth. It's not an ideal introduction to the series, so I'll assume anyone reading this book has read a few previous entries and knows who the main characters are. If not, I strongly suggest starting with Shards of Honor or The Warrior's Apprentice instead.

Miles Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith collide in this entry, with each having separate duties to attend to on Earth. The side-p
Jul 23, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
More Vorkosigan fun. Funny, action-packed summer reading. Not really too suspenseful since I know he must survive for books eight through eighty (I don't know how many there are, but I know they're still going), but Bujold established early on in the series that she wasn't afraid to kill some pretty important characters.
Carolyn F.
Miles in on Earth with Ellie, hoping for a little vacation and some needed repairs of his fleet and soldiers. Nothing is ever easy for him. He does find a little love, but it won't be along the lines that he was hoping. This is such a great series, especially with a not very average hero.
This book has all of the things fans live about Miles; action, a superb ability to get himself into mischief, and an unlimited amount of witty dialogue. It also is the most reflective and mature Miles I've met to date. For me, it made Miles even more relatable, and personable, than before.
There were moments of wonderfulness but I felt very... harassed while reading it? I'm not sure this was the book at fault. People were bothering me. LOL. However, this one did have a LOT going on. I didn't really like Marc at all. He was a grave disappointment to me - as he was to Miles, of course. I'm hopeful that in the future he will have the opportunity to exact revenge on biogenetic evil doers and things will properly take off. Also, having read Cetaganda ! before this, I really did feel a ...more
Megan Baxter
So I settled down to read the first book in an omnibus with warm fuzzy feelings, and was not disappointed. I'd read a book further in the series, so I knew about Mark, but, of course, not the details about where he had come from. Knowing more or less how it came out did not spoil the book for me - in fact, it made it more interesting. How do we get from here to there? That's often far more interesting than what twists are coming up next.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the
James Stephenson
I've been on something of a Bujold binge lately, having read three novels (Brothers in Arms, Ethan of Athos, and Cetaganda) and two novellas ("Labyrinth" and "Borders of Infinity") by her in a last few weeks. I have been lazy about my cataloging recently so please consider this a review of the whole lot.

Bujold does not disappoint. She uses her science fiction to deal with bio-ethics, sexuality, and other issues without ever seeming to preach. In fact she deals with them while advance very nice p
I love watching Miles grow up!

This is the first time I saw a truly new main character. It's enjoyable, challenging, engrossing. It 's not the first book I've read of the series though. I can't remember how I had stumbled across the book except a number of Bantam Spectra books are fantastic!

Great series to get into! These are the reasons: talented underdog main character, intelligently plotted problems and challenges, science fiction tropes are not even evident (if not non-existent), sci-fi techn
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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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  • The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
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  • The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)
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“Miles clutched Quinn's elbow. "Don't Panic."
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