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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
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, scifi
**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 PO
Summary: Flippin' awesome!

I've read the Vorkosigan Saga all out of order - this is book 5, but it was the 13th I'd read.

/curtailed review - the puppy has just been sick - the fun never ends in this house!

After this I read: Resplendant
Sep 02, 2008 Stephen rated it really liked it
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.
Vicky N.
Jun 14, 2016 Vicky N. rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This series just keeps on getting better!

For those who are unaware of this series: Miles Vorkosigan is a short officer who usually is looked down upon because of his appearance, but what people don't know is that he also accidentally became a mercenary captain and goes along with his fleet to war torn planets to save the day. He is hilarious and his quest in life is to be appreciated for the brilliant mind that he knows he is.
That is a very simplified plot to get you on the series. If you want
Dec 16, 2009 Kathi rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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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
Mar 15, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A+, would read again
Rosario (
Right, let's catch up with the Vorkosigan books. I'm up to Memory now and probably won't be able to hold on much longer before reading even further, so best post a couple of reviews before they all become muddled in my mind.

It's not long after the rescue mission told in the wonderful Borders of Infinity, and Miles and the Dendarii mercenaries decide to make a pit stop on good old Earth. There are some necessary repairs to be made, plus, Miles thinks it's a good idea to be somewhere he can keep a
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This book sees Miles finally visiting Earth! Cool! And having crazy adventures with cousin Ivan, meeting lots of interesting people related to past history of the Barrayaran conquest of Komarr, and so forth. It's one of the best of this series but to say more is to introduce spoilers, which I refuse to do. Read and enjoy.

Here's my favorite quote from this book: “I had to discover and teach myself all kinds of tricks to get people to respond to the inside of me, and not the outside.” Quinn speaki
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 06, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2013 Banner rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Oct 08, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
One of the things I love about this series is watching Miles grow. Like he used to give Elena such a hard time about being a woman who wanted honour and glory, and now that asshole at the embassy tells him to "get all these women out of here" and he just wants to pull the guy's throat out.
And he doesn't blame Elli for not wanting Barrayar. He's sad about it, but he also realizes that everything he loves about her is everything Barrayar would smother. It's fantastic.

Also, I just want to pet Mar
Feb 27, 2015 André rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
lololol I'm so happy with this book.
D.M. Dutcher
Dec 07, 2011 D.M. Dutcher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Nov 20, 2007 Tina rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing
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
May 09, 2016 Jennie rated it really liked it
I loved that they finally made it to Earth for this adventure. Loved the intrigue, loved Miles juggling his two identities, and loved poor Ivan's loyalty despite all the trouble it has brought him. I still haven't liked any of the women Miles has fallen for (I love Quinn, but not as a love interest for Miles). I'm in awe of Bujold's ability to take somewhat cheesy plot lines and make them hilarious, interesting, and somehow oddly believable. It will be interesting to see where things go with Mar ...more
Michael Burnam-fink
Oct 13, 2014 Michael Burnam-fink rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2014
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
Carolyn F.
Mar 31, 2013 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
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.
May 04, 2016 Minh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I found myself with a much greater sense of appreciation for Brothers in Arms the second time around, although knowing Mark and his role in the universe to come I was unbelievably shocked at where Mark began. Over the years his character had become taller, larger than life, bigger than Miles himself, so to see him where it all began was a shock to the system.

Miles Vorkosigan aka Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet finds himself stuck on Earth after a devastating campaign. Left
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Jun 11, 2014 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles is so young! And so is Duv! And Mark! And Bel! My babies.
Sep 24, 2013 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Series Selection Jan 2010
Jul 07, 2016 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-sf, read-2015
Brothers in Arms is another Vorkosigan Saga novel. This book features Miles Vorkosigan, now in his mid-20s and still working for Barrayar's ImpSec military division. He plays the role of Admiral Naismith, leader of the Dendarii Mercenary company, and his mercenaries are unaware that they work unofficially for Barrayar. The book starts with the Dendarii Mercenaries arriving at Earth to get their fleet repaired after the events of the story The Borders of Infinity. Miles goes to the Barrayar embas ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Eric Moreno
Feb 12, 2013 Eric Moreno rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
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Nov 22, 2013 Kathy added it
Shelves: sci-fi, action
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Jul 30, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
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
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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.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse
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Other Books in the Series

Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
  • The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
  • Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
  • The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)
  • Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
  • Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #8)
  • Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga, #9)
  • Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
  • Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)

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“The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives.” 52 likes
“Miles clutched Quinn's elbow. "Don't Panic."
"I'm not panicking," Quinn observed, "I'm watching you panic. It's more entertaining .”
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