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The Heart of Valor (Confederation #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,006 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr's goal is to keep both her superior officers and her troops alive as they face missions throughout the galaxy. But she's been sidelined with endless briefings and debriefings for a while, so she jumps at the chance to go to Crucible-the Marine Corps training planet-as temporary aide to Major Svensson. The major was reduced to little more than a br ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by DAW (first published June 5th 2007)
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Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
The third of Tanya Huff’s Confederation series. For those who haven’t encountered the series yet it’s a boots’ eye view military sci-fi, heavy on command structure but always viewed from the NCO/grunts on the ground perspective. Those looking for anything deep or meaningful should look away now. It has no noticeable political or philosophical agenda beyond war is hell but someone’s got to do it. It follows the career of Torin Kerr, a female career military NCO. The first time we meet her in the ...more
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
84 out of 100 for 2010

In case you're counting, I did not skip 83 but instead re-read an Elizabeth Moon novel for a class I'm teaching (Victory Conditions). Hey, when you're trying to plow through 100, you count re reads.

Another continuation of Tanya Huff's confederation series. Huff is really statring to grow on me; I'm comign to realize ther's a real divid in Military SF between those who write bout tactics and use officers as their main character and those who write about battle and use enlist
Mike (the Paladin)
This book must get a 4 star rating, it's better than a 3. Still it's not as good as the two earlier books in the series. In a way we set up the same type of situation that (now Gunny) Kerr faces (view spoiler). It's not precisely the same (view spoiler) but close enough. Secondly side issues are crowding in more on our stories.

Still the story is interesting
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017
4 stars.

Eager to escape the endless rounds of presentations and debriefings on her troop's encounter with the Silsviss, Torin, newly promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, accepted a temporary assignment as the aide to a Major. The Major wants to test out his newly repaired body by joining a group of Marine recruits on a training mission. However, shortly after they arrived, the lead training instructor fell ill and then Torin discovered that their group is facing live rounds. What follows is a bit like
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracy! Shhh. . .
Ooh, the plot thickens! Big Yellow be gone (view spoiler) It's on a slow mysterious burn in this book and it's awesome but frustrating but wicked good and mildly confusing. My heart was nervously racing in excitement and anticipation and threat response! Not good, but oh-so-good. Basically (but is it basically?) Torin - now a Gunny - is doing the rounds as sho
Jamie Collins
3.5 stars. Re-reading this series. This is good, even if I don’t like it quite as well as the first two books.

It begins with a manifest contrivance to get our newly-promoted Gunnery Sergeant Kerr sent on a training mission with raw marine recruits. Once she’s in place and the training mission goes horribly wrong, as they are wont to do, then it’s entertaining to watch Kerr and a few drill instructors shepherd the recruits as they come into their own.

I’m not a visual reader, and I usually appreci
Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Part of my Father's day gift from my wife...mostly because she wanted to read it too.

The genre of hard military sci-fi can be fun, but tends to start falling into a rut in my opinion. I love that Torrin Kerr is an uber-competant Marine without being an Honor-Harrington-level super-being. The technology is cool, and new tech mash-ups are important to solving problems, but it never becomes just a story about the technology.

This book is starting to get into the deeper diplomacy of the world of the
Lilia Ford
Another thrill-a-minute addition to the confederation series, with the added plus of introducing a diverse group of young marine trainees who are unexpectedly thrown into a life-and-death battle, and with Sergeant Kerr's guidance must discover what they are made of if they are going to survive.

For a review of the series as a whole, see my review of Valor's Choice.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torin Kerr is sent to a training base for marines - but things rapidly go wrong.
What I particularly like about the series is the two alien races who are also in the marines and the complexities they bring. One race gives off pheremones that can affect other races and the other can eat anything - including other races. They generally avoid eating other sentients but it does add a dimension to the back chat.
If you like a complex, well thought out world, with interesting characters as well as an a
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2017
I enjoyed this. I think Torin is a badass. But at the same time, I feel like everything is always going to turn out fine for her. No matter the situation. And that takes some of the tension out of the story. But it was still exciting and enjoyable with some laugh out loud moments. A solid 3 stars.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I was ready to give this book 3 stars for much of the story, as it seemed to be going through the same formula as previous books in the series. Towards the end though, some of the assumptions I was making about where the story was going turned out to be quite wrong, and the book headed off into a completely different direction. So, while it still wasn't as good as the first two books, it at least deserves 3.5 stars for blind-siding me.

Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr, now promoted to Gunnery Sergeant,
Deborah Ideiosepius
Staff Sargent Kerr has been promoted, she is now Gunnery Sargent Kerr. She earned her promotion through defeating a s***load of aggressive reptiles and now it looks like she will be stuck on Ventris station forever. Briefing officers and intelligence about the new reptilian race and describing her military experience with them.

Kerr is basically a marine and a fighter though, so the sedentary life is wearing thin and when she is given the chance to accompany a recuperating major and a band of rec
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entirely interesting read. I enjoyed the idea of the training planet, it makes a lot of sense to me for there to be a place such as the Crucible for the Marines to train on. I also enjoyed the way that the book slowly expanded on the equipment on the planet instead of giving everything away at once. My only major annoyance came from the medical situation that plagued the either book's length simply because it did not seem to be needed for the plot only for Torin taking charge of the recruits. ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Just as Gunnery Sgt. (she got promoted!) Torin Kerr and her lover, salvage operator Craig Ryder, start to notice that other people don't remember the same things about the alien ship from book #2 as well as they do, she is assigned to accompany a biologically-rebuilt officer on a medical evaluation to the Marine training planet of Crucible. Things almost immediately start to go awry in unpredictable ways: the senior Drill Instructor starts behaving erratically, and the preprogrammed drones seem ...more
Nicole Lisa
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Sadly, I might have enjoyed the book more if the formatting in ebook wasn't so terrible. There were no scene breaks, which meant several times each chapter I had NO IDEA what was going on for a paragraph or two, would realize there must have been a scene break, and would go back to re-read. Sometimes re-reading wasn't enough to untangle the confusion as it often seemed like there were several very short scenes one after another. I even wondered if parts of the book were missing I was so confused ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, military
Again with the loving Tanya Huff. This whole series is about, basically, how war is a mindfuck. This book takes it to another level, with a training exercise turning deadly and a twist that, while it's fairly heavily foreshadowed, brings the sort of wacky previous book into horrifying context. I adore the main character, the overall queer sensibility, and the hoo-rah Marine attitude tempered by the increasingly impossible situations.
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It's a 3.5
Just what I expected. The writing style is quite flowing, the novel is quite gripping (I finished it in a few days) and Torin Kerr is just about the perfect character I like to read about
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I love tanya huff and I love this series. what more is there to say. this is a re read for me, i think this might be the 10th time. Strong female character who just keeps on keeping on. If at first you don't succeed try try again. And I will always keep retrying her books.
rereading 11Sep15
K.D. Sarge
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I love Torin Kerr, and how she proves over and over that "by the book" means "know what you're doing." Leadership and teamwork, resourcefulness and loyalty and honor--that's how she wins, and I love watching her do it.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy a strong female character. Set in the far future with a strong military focus. I thoroughly enjoy this series .
rereading 10Sep15
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as the previous 2 books, but still a very good and entertaining story.

After her past experiences, newly promoted Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has been working as a consultant for for the military regarding matters involving the new species in the Confederation, the Silsviss. Bored with giving lectures and being questioned incessantly, when Major Svensson requests her as his temporary aide to accompany him and his doctor on a field test of his new body after having spent a consi
T.H. Leatherman
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a training mission, nothing to worry about

Torin Kerr is a hero, so of course the top brass want to trot her out in front of every civie they can. Gotta keep the public happy. It makes Gunny Kerr miserable. When new tech is used to re-grow Major Svenson, he and his doctor are being sent to a marine training camp. When he offers to make Torin his aid, she jumps at the chance to get away from the monotony.

Something goes wrong. Suddenly, their training mission turns into a desperate battle for
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Okay, still not as good as the first book. Gunny Sergeant Torin Kerr accepts a mission as Major Svensson's aide while he does a physical therapy tour on the Marines' pass/fail boot camp trial planet, Crucible, with a platoon of recruits. Major Svensson recovered in a tank when he returned from a mission (previously mentioned in book one) that left him literally as a brain and spinal cord ... so much physical therapy. However, the second Svensson's team (Kerr and a doctor) get planetside, everyth ...more
The Confederation series is amazing and I never want it to stop. The Heart of Valor is a fun, engaging Space Opera romp.

Also thank you Tanya Huff for having not-straight characters in your military space opera series. Even when they're background characters, it means a whole lot to me.
Beth Wilson
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I love this series. I can't wait to read the next books. I really like the main characters and the storyline.
I enjoyed the camaraderie in The Heart of Valor. It was also humorous. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
More fun from Huff. I like this military SF.
The same situation like the first book.
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Other Books in the Series

Confederation (7 books)
  • Valor's Choice (Confederation #1)
  • The Better Part of Valor (Confederation #2)
  • Valor's Trial (Confederation, #4)
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“If she lost it, the whole house of cards could come tumbling down. Fortunately, she had no intention of losing it; it would take too damned long to find it again, and she didn’t have that kind of time.” 0 likes
“Good afternoon, Gunnery Sargent."
“Any ideas…?”
Dr. Sloan turned slowly and stared up at Torren through narrowed eyes. “About what?”
“I’m sorry had you not noticed the birds?”
“Oh, ha!” Arms folded she resumed staring to the west. “I’m not doing anything. They just keep coming back.”
“Maybe your jacket is…”
“…Is what? Stuffed with bird seed? Emitting matting coos on a frequency only these birds can hear? Looks like their big blue mother? You’re so good at getting various and varying species to do what say, you tell them to shoo.”
“Fine, pick a tougher word.”
No longer trying to hide her smile, Torren leaned slightly forwards and said, “Scram.”
The birds took off almost as one bird, their wings chopping at the air.”
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