Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkosigan Saga, #13)
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Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkosigan Saga in Publication order #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. Just the sort of situation that calls for the attention of the Imperial Auditors, Barrayar's special, high-level trouble-shooters. As luck would have it, Lord Miles...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published 2003 by Earthlight (first published May 1st 1999)
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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...more
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 life...how many other diplomatic spy military tactical strategists get called away from their honeymoon to prevent a war....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...more
Jim
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.
Laurel
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!
Donna
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 21, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Victoria
Jul 25, 2010 Victoria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Victoria by: Joseph S
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Kathi
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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...more
Kathleen
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...more
Jon
May 07, 2010 Jon rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Mark
This is the last book in the Vorkosigan series (for the moment, anyway) and about average. For those who haven't read any of them, it's space opera where Miles (the main character) is a hyperactive con-man: Think Harold Hill from the Music Man, on speed, setting up a mercenary fleet instead of boys' band. In space. Bujold is really a wonderful writer, although as you can imagine in a setup like that there is a tendency for the plots spiral out of control in the weakest books.

By this point in the...more
Tom Rowe
Jun 06, 2009 Tom Rowe rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has read the previous Vorkosigan books.
This and Komarr are the weakest of the Vorkosigan series. By the end, I really didn't care how it was going to end, I just wanted it to end. A Civil Campaign, which fell between Komarr and Immunity, was very good so I don't think I can chalk it up to series fatigue. I think that this book was more stand alone and presented little character developement. I think seeing character development over a long series is what makes this series so great. Plus, things just stared to get redundant. Also, the...more
Carolyn F.
Now I'm understanding the author's adding the novel Falling Free to give a little history of where the Quaddies came from. There is a little bit of a history lesson too in this book with a ballet about the main characters from that book. I love Miles' married life. She gets him. We also see an old friend - and a couple of frenemies? This is really a funny, romantic, wonderful series.
blindmouse
10th book in the Miles chronology. When a diplomatic incident comes up on one of the Quaddiespace space stations, Miles, travelling back from his belated honeymoon with Ekaterin, is the closest Imperial Auditor. Miles and Ekaterin are on their own particular deadline - their son and daughter are nearly due to be brought out of their replicators, back home - but it doesn't seem as though this crisis can take too long to sort out. Even if, unfortunately, it looks as though the fault is almost all...more
Jim
Amazon.com Review

Fans won't find this surprising in the least, but Miles Vorkosigan--the plucky, short-statured hero of Lois McMaster Bujold's beloved series--is uniquely incapable of having an uneventful honeymoon. Between a racially fueled diplomatic dispute, the appearance of a hermaphroditic old flame, and a bizarre Cetagandan genetic conspiracy, Miles just can't seem to get a minute of peace with his new wife, the lovely and resourceful Ekaterin (whom Miles courted in A Civil Campaign).

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Loretta
This is only three stars mostly because things didn't get really fun until the last third of the book. It is still overall a good read, and I enjoyed seeing Miles and Ekaterin together, but there was something just...a little missing. And I think the thing is that, until the adventure actually kicks in, there's just not that much at stake for Miles. He's mature, happily married, stable career - so the underpinning of pretty much every book in the series up to this point, Miles as being constantl...more
Ghoule
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...more
Brigdh
I really loved this book! I had low expectations, after having heard some negative reviews, but I thought it was great. It reminded me a lot of the early books in the series (The Warrior's Apprentice, The Vor Game)- the ones in which the point is Miles having space adventures and solving things at the last second- but better written. I loved seeing Bel again, and really liked some of the expansion of the world-building regarding the hermaphrodites (Miles regretting never having taken up Bel's f...more
Melody
I loved it. I can't believe that I'm nearly at the end of the series. It's hard to believe the level of quality that Bujold has sustained throughout. This is a mystery-flavored Miles story, not untempered with love. Some old friends show up, there's some kidnapping, no little hilarity, and lots of excitement. Well-written- do I even need to say that? Highly recommended.

Linda
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...more
Kathy
Miles and Ekaterin on the way home from their delayed honeymoon trip,are detoured to Quaddispace - where a fleet ship that was escorting Barrayaran merchant ships had a strike force jailed by the Quaddis.

Bit by bit, he determines that a Cetagandan Bah (genetically designed servant to the Constellations) has 'kidnapped' a shipload of Cetagandan / Star Creche - prince/princesses uterine replacators of the Constellations' year of genetic babies - and a merchant group that the Bah had contracted wit...more
Michael Battaglia
Turns out making one more or less stand-alone does seem to make a difference.

Thus far in the life of Miles, we've seen him go from being a child to a fake admiral, to a secret agent/fake admiral, to a dead fake admiral, to the emperor's troubleshooter and in his latest endeavor, a married man. What other obstacles can there left for such a man?

How about: children! As things open, newlyweds Miles and Ekaterin are just finishing up their honeymoon and getting ready to head back to Barrayar in time...more
Jackie
Miles & Ekaterin’s delayed honeymoon is just about over when a message from Emperor Gregor orders Miles to go to Quaddiespace to straighten out a situation that has developed between a Komarran Trade Fleet with its Barrayaran escort and Graf Station. Insular Barrayaran military minds, a missing security officer, and a love-sick ensign all create a nice tangle for Miles to unwind. When he discovers the mammals that the Beta Herm is transporting to be Cetagandan Haute infants in uterine replic...more
Lucy
Miles and Ekaterina Vorkosigan are on the way home from their galactic honeymoon trip when Miles is called on to rescue a merchant fleet that's escorted by Barayaran ships. They're impounded at Graf Station, a system that's home to Quaddies. Miles's ingenuity is called on and his job as Lord Auditor who answers only to Emperor Gregor. Complicated. Very interesting characters.
Genetic engineering plays a part in several characters. Also people of different planetary origins, but no aliens.
This is...more
Mary Catelli
This is more a caper-story than Miles's deep personal development. It does have some spoilers for the earlier ones in that characters' mere presence will give away earlier plots, and the twists are more intriguing if you know the history behind them. (Obviously I can't judge how well the info-dump fills you in.)

Miles and Ekaterin are off on a late honeymoon, a year after the wedding. And on the way home, to return in plenty of time for the birth of the twins from uterine replicators, a message f...more
Alexandra
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Jasmine Me
“If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.”

Um, I don't know what to say, this book is Bujold writing as Bujold, of Miles being Miles, no surprises here... don't get me wrong, I love everything Bojold have to write, I just wanted something new.

throughout this series, the character of Miles Vorkosigan grew, changed and developed, getting to know him was both a privilege and a joy. so now, after about 12 books into the series I know him inside out, upside...more
Annette
Just re-read this one while re-acquainting myself with the later books in this excellent series. It's a good read: we meet lots of old friends from Miles' past, and get to see the Quadies' society up a little closer. There's some good mortal danger combined with those signature crazy-but-just-might-work Miles plans at the end. However, it does not compete with "Komarr" or "A Civil Campaign," its most recent predecessors. Everything is from Miles' POV again, and none of the characters are moved a...more
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One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst on to the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for Best Novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, B...more
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