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Cobra Bargain

(Cobra #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  850 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Jasmine Moreau is reconsidered for Cobra treatment when a return mission to adangerous planet becomes inevitable.
Mass Market Paperback, 409 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Baen Books (first published February 1988)
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Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of military science fiction
Book Info: Genre: Military Science-fiction Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received the 6th book in the series (or 3rd book in the 2nd trilogy) in exchange for an honest review; I have purchased these earlier books on my own, but am happy to provide an honest review anyway.

Synopsis: It is the year 2474. Corwin Moreau, now 55, is governor of Aventine, but the fact that the Moreau family has held power for so long is beginning to generate bad feelings in the Cobra Worlds Council. Corwin's contr
Jesse Whitehead
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Up until now the Cobras have been like Jedi Knights. They have super powers — not the same ones — and they are a peacekeeping force among their worlds. They also operate on the morally questionable grounds that they are right in what they do. Luke Skywalker seeks to follow the Light Side of the Force, so he carves his way through Jabba’s Sail Barge, cutting down anybody in his way, regardless of their intent, to save his friends. As long as he’s not mad when he does it it’s okay to murder and de ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
The final part of the original trilogy that I read over two decades ago. This one does a lot to fix the male-centric point of view of the two first parts as the role of the protagonist is passed on to Jennifer Moreau. She only becomes a Cobra through a dangerous political deal made by her uncle Corwin and she is burdened by the unfair responsibility of proving that women can actually be Cobras in addition to her mission. She and a group of other new Cobras are sent back to Qasama to see how thei ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Cobra Bargain (Cobra Trilogy Series #3) Set 28 years after Cobra Strike. The majority of the action takes place on Qasama. The main character in this one is Jasmine "Jin" Moreau, the first female cobra. However, as in the previous books in the series there are shifting perspectives. Solid science fiction from Zahn as always but probably the weakest in the trilogy. Also the ending, is a bit more open-ended than I like.
Jonathan D
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Classic 80s Sci-Fi...with a twist. I've loved everything Timothy Zahn has written, and this book exemplifies that. It actually lasted a little too long, could've been 50ish pages shorter, but was otherwise a fascinating, gripping read.

Jasmine Moreau is a very compelling character, something that I think was lacking in Cobra Strike. Her arc of wanting to join the Cobras, then having to adjust to the mission on the fly, to befriending one of the Qasamans was fun and interesting to read.

My favori
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book got an extra star for being part of such a great triology. Alone, this book suffer from some flaws its prequals don't.

There is a certain amount of sexism implied in the culture that I always find unrealistic or at least annoying in science fiction books.

Unfortunately this is compounded by the fact that Jasmine, the protagonist is not exactly a strong female character. She is too often guided by emotions and a desire to find love everywhere she looks. I'm of the impression that Zahn i
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The 3rd book in the Cobra Trilogy. I read them in the combination book that contains all 3. This one was written a tad later, and is a slight change of place. It took the time to look more in depth at several of the characters and the world of the Qasama.

I felt like there was a little too much dwelling on gender roles in this book. Not near the preoccupation of the Honor Harrington novels, but the sexist characters were clearly setup as straw men. We quickly get past this and move on to a story
Keith Ross
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I felt this was the weakest of the Cobra trilogy. In some ways, I liked the expansion and growth to the universe. I liked that female warriors were introduced, and that Zahn took on some of the controversy of a patriarchal society vs. a more egalitarian one. Unfortunately, I felt that the storytelling itself was just weaker. The villains in particular seemed extremely simplistic, and there were a lot of story threads that just ended up being dropped while new ones were just shoehorned in at the ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not reviewing the book, but the book cover. It's amazing. You see the Troft alien in the back, apparently dancing tango. Two humans appear in the front, one woman in pants indifferently firing her fingertip laser (incorrectly, because she should be connecting fingertips to thumb to fire), while a human man in a skirt also indifferently fires a laser gun. They're all, "Yeah, whatever, the future." Love it!
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The First female cobra, and still a Moreau. Her sex saves her from being identified as a cobra, and she does a wonderful job under difficult circumstances, yet feels at the end that she has failed the family. I really enjoyed how she integrated into another culture, and places where it abraded her.
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
excellent book. I'm impressed with Timothy Zahn's use of diplomacy and relationships, along with firepower and use of tactics, so that solutions become more stable. Forced solutions do not last; diplomacy is intended to create conditions such that peace can last.
Stephen Davis
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Sometimes it just takes shared peril to bring two enemies together in cooperation.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Didn't like it as much as the second book. Less combat, more relationship.
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more

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