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Brothers in Arms

(Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) #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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Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A buddy read with Choko and Maria.

In the last novella (chronologically) the Dendarii mercenary fleet took some serious beating and manage to get a mighty Empire seriously pissed off. The result: there was a really nice juicy reward for Miles Vorkosigan aka Admiral Naismith and the fleet had to escape into a remote peaceful place for much-needed repairs.

From the moment I began reading the series I wondered what happened to good old mother Earth.
Here my question was finally answered as the remote
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria because we need some FORWARD MOMENTUM!!!

Gosh, what can I say about this Universe where Miles Vorkosigan rains supreme? IT IS AWESOME!!!

Yes, yes, as I said in my review of the previous book, I passed from the level of an objective reader to the zone of fan-girl subjectivity. I am a fan. So, take my review in the spirit in which it is intended, which is just to gush over my love for the genius of Louis McMaster Bujold and her unfailing ability to write
Milda Page Runner
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
So, the juicy gossip is - Miles finally gets laid. I won't confirm or deny - you 'll have to read it and find out for yourself :P

Another engaging (mis)adventure with Miles, that starts seemingly simple and grows complex enough to require his brilliant mind to solve it. Maybe less humorous than the previous book as trouble hits too close to home, but still a fun read.
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, s-f
Well, as always, it was entertaining and fun and I barely have something more to say about it that others haven't said before (I'm looking and pointing at you, Evgeny!). The lazy beast has taken over me again... :D

P.S. Worst Cover Gallery is here though!

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Hmmm, this is probably the most boring edition of Gallery.
As per usual, Miles Vorkosigan creates a stir wherever he goes. After figuratively hitting a wasp nest with a stick and annoying the Cetagandians, he hares off to old Earth to get his crew healthy and his ships fixed. Of course, things go horribly awry and lots of intrigue & adventure follows.

Somehow, for me, even though there are lots of action sequences, these books are more about the relationships. He has to balance his two identities as Lord Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith, each with their
Megan Baxter
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Maria Dimitrova
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: barrayar, buddy-reads
Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.

If I have to be completely honest this should have a 3 star rating. However I gave it a bonus star because it introduces one of my favourite support characters in the series - Duv Galeni.

Following the events of Dagoola and another operation soon after it the Dendarii are in a desperate need of some down time and to repair the damaged equipment. As a result they end up on Earth - the cradle of human civilization. And because this is Miles a simple repair job and
I loved this story front to back. It’s going to be hard to top this one; it feels like peak Miles. Politics! Double-crosses! Attempted assassinations! Romance! Kidnapping! Clones! Spreadsheets! A cat blanket!

Yeah, that last one is pretty creepy, a furry blanket that purrs. But the characters seem to like it, and it’s hardly the weirdest thing in this universe. We also get to meet Miles’ clone, later dubbed Mark, and I’m hoping we see more of him. The story possibilities are endless.

This was just
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
At this point in the Vorkosigan chronology Miles has been living his double life as Admiral Naismith for several years and his Dendarii mercenaries are a thriving concern. The action picks up with the Dendarii arriving at Earth and Miles having to make his double identity work in ways that he hasn't in the past. There are people trying to kill him, and it may not just be his usual crowd of enemies, and nor is it clear who they're trying to kill: Vorkosigan or Naismith.

This is a fairly run-of-the
Jul 06, 2013 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
Brothers in Arms: Miles gets seriously schizophrenic...or is it Admiral Naismith?

Now that I've thoroughly immersed in the Miles Vorkosigan Saga, like other fans I can begin to appreciate all the little character details that Bujold has carefully woven into each of the volumes, and as each of the seemingly small events of previous stories have larger repercussions later on, and previously minor characters take on greater importance and depth. This story takes places directly in the aftermath of t
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
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good Miles story, introduction to Mark.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The series is definitely gaining momentum by this novel, changing tracks only a little from the previous stories. It introduces a short and surly wrinkle that will grow into one interesting character in his own right. This novel is more than an introduction for him, though. It's funny, clever, and does a deft job at worldbuilding Earth with barely touching it. Miles, like the reader (me), wanted to sightsee, but he was kept so busy we missed almost everything! And it should have been a vacation! ...more
Sep 02, 2008 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.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
Another solid entry in the Vorkosigan Saga. This book made me quite a fan of Dove Galeni, so I hope he makes a reappearance later in the series.
Vicky N.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2013 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 can only give it 3
This installment of the Vorkosigan Saga follows directly on from the novella, Borders of Infinity. In Borders Miles had battled and outwitted the Cetagandans, resulting in a price put on his head and the Dendarii fleet in need of some time to recover economically and emotionally. They choose to do so on Earth; in particular London.

It soon turns out to be no relaxing and rejuvenating break. Miles has to deal with Fleet money issues, a new superior at the Barrayaran embassy, and his evolving feel
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 philosop
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
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
**** 2019 re-read ***

This book is that start of what I feel is a stellar, could-almost-stand-alone trilogy within the series. This book and the next two, Mirror Dance and Memory introduce Mark and through him sets off a series of events that culminate in what I feel is an ending of sorts and marks and turning point and new beginning for Miles.

I once likened this book to a Shakespearan comedy of errors, because it really feels like one, albeit in space. Miles is left cooling his heels on earth an
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jacqueline J
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, sci-fi
My first Vorkosigan read. Why did I wait so long to try this series? A fun space opera romp even if it did take place on Earth. Started here because it's the one they had on disk at the library but I went back and got the first one. So I'm ready to suck down the whole series. Anyone who's read this will know I just love Miles. What a great character. I listened to this and the narrator wasn't the best I've ever heard but he did okay.
Executive Summary: I thought this started slow, but once it got going it got a lot better. So far it's probably the second best of the series. 3.5 stars rounded up.

Audiobook: Grover Gardner once again does an excellent job with the narration. He does a variety of voices and

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I decided to read this book in publication order rather than chronological or the author's suggested order (which I think is basically just chronological). Up until now, I didn't feel like I was missing anythin
Dec 11, 2011 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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 06, 2012 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
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
Oct 05, 2015 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
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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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Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
  • Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
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