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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 thanStaff 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 brain and spinal cord in his last combat, and now he and his doctor are eager to field test his new body. It's supposed to be an easy assignment - after all, Crucible was set up to simulate battle situations so recruits could be trained safely. But Torin's barely on-planet when someone starts blasting the training scenarios to smithereens......

Title : The Heart of Valor
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ISBN : 9780756404352
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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The Heart of Valor Reviews

  • Michael
    2019-04-03 03:04

    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 first book she’s already pretty much god on legs to the rank and file of Sh’quo Company. Imagine Ellen Ripley if she’d signed on with the Colonial Marine Corp rather than the Space Merchant Navy and add a few extra cans of kick-ass. She’s good at what she does, quick thinking and dedicated to keeping her people alive. The Confederation is at war with another bunch of aliens called The Others. Both groups are made up of many different types of aliens. The Confederation is a peaceful alliance of cooperation whereas The Others are made up of conquered species. Unskilled in the arts of war The Confederation recruits several species who can beef up their aptitude for combat. Top on their list of potential cannon fodder *cough* allies are a bunch of skilled bruisers called Humans. Also recruited are the di’Taykan who are sort of like sex mad Vulcans with emotionally influenced hairdos. Lastly are the Krai, an arboreal species who will eat anything ... apart from stones. This one suffered a bit from its own plot set-up. In the first couple of books one of the most entertaining aspects of the book was Torin’s talent at riding herd on the local wet behind the ears or glory seeking brass. This one has none of that. She starts off promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, pretty much bored to tears with endless debriefs and instructional talks to whoever the brass point her at, be it visiting officers or groups of raw recruits. She jumps at the chance to accompany one of her former Sh’quo commanders Major Svennson (reduced to a brain in a jar sometime before book one), as an observer on a 20 day Marine recruit training exercise. He needs to road test his new force grown body. Svensson’s doctor, two drill instructors and 37 raw recruits make up the rest of the party, commanded by Staff Sergeant Beyhn (a di’Taykan acting weirder than Spock in ‘Amok Time’). The recruits never come alive in your mind though. Huff sticks to characterising only a handful but none of them spark and the snarky to and fro from the first two books gets replaced by some pretty stilted and repetitive dialogue. Lots of wide eyed recruits yelling ‘sir, yes sir,’ repeatedly. The combat is a bit flat too, pitching AI drones, fliers and tanks against Torin’s savvy is too one sided a contest. I’ll not give up on the series yet but it had better be up for the fight next time.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-17 23:09

    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)[ a siege(hide spoiler)]. It's not precisely the same (view spoiler)[ as here we have a running battle across land rather than a group held up in a given fortification (hide spoiler)] but close enough. Secondly side issues are crowding in more on our stories.Still the story is interesting and the characters stay pretty much true to "who they are". We get a return here of a character we met in the first book and we have som4e surviving Marines.I've noted before that there are very, very few actually "new" or "original" plots or story lines. Most any we come across will be versions of ones used before. With 10,000 years of recorded history it's pretty much bound to be out there somewhere. Mostly it depends on how the basic idea is handled.You'll see some familiar story and plot points here, They are handled pretty well and in spite of some almost dejavu moments I don't think it will actually bother you.Read this I'd say for the action and for the continuation of the protagonists story. Not bad, really, Enjoy.

  • Chuck
    2019-04-13 21:58

    84 out of 100 for 2010In 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 enlisted as main characters. I'm facmiliar with Military SF that uses women as heroes, but they've all been officers. Although this may reflect a lack of broad reading on my part, Huff is the only woman military SF author who make an enlisted woman a protagonist. "Gunny" Torrin Kerr is well worth knowing; in this novel she takes what seems to be another simple mission--escorting a rehabilitating officer to "the crucible," a military planet that more or less serves as basic training final exam for marines, so the major can see how his body is reacting to rehabilitation. However, the unit is attacked and Marines are killed, adn what seemd to be training has turned into real combat.Good stuff.

  • Paraphrodite
    2019-04-19 23:17

    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 the Hunger Games and then a repeat of the Silsviss siege, except this time, they are surrounded by drones and tanks. With a group of raw recruits, Torin not only has to whip them into Marines but also find a way out of their predicament...and inadvertently discover something we didn't know about "Big Yellow"...... Another action-packed installment. I do enjoy the inter-plays between the secondary characters but like most military stories, I find it very sad when some of these secondary characters don't make it.

  • Dee
    2019-04-07 00:00

    Conspiracy! Shhh. . . Ooh, the plot thickens! Big Yellow be gone (view spoiler)[ and sort of forgotten! By everyone! The pods people, the pods! Where, who, why, what, bloody when!(hide 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 show and tell Silsviss expert. Boooring! So of course she jumps on the chance to escape, even if just to the (relatively) tame training grounds of Crucible. And then no slow burn for the non-conspiracy action, it's all tanks, planes and KABOOM. Adoring cadets, dumbasses, more who, what, why, bang, boom, blood, weird alien cultural biological processes and it was just bloody good stuff. Very enjoyable indeed.

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-04-02 05:28

    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 appreciate that Huff doesn’t spend a lot of time describing the way things look. For instance, I like the way I’m able to distinguish the aliens species in these novels with the barest of clues. However, I found that her vagueness made the military action a little hard to follow in this one.The reader will probably figure out the two mysteries - Who is shooting at us? And what is wrong with Sergeant Beyhn? - long before the characters do.Although I’m still not crazy about the powerful aliens introduced in the previous novel, it is interesting to watch Kerr and Craig Ryder realize that everyone else has a slightly different memory of the encounter with the alien ship. They are bothered enough to track down the pertinacious reporter Presit to confirm their version of events, and to set her on the trail of a possible conspiracy - or worse.Huff is pointedly nonchalant about the sexuality of her characters, but there’s a nice dig towards the end in a situation where gender becomes significant: “...although it was weird to think of sex based solely on gender.”

  • Christopher
    2019-04-12 00:08

    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 Confederation, but it doesn't dominate. Through out this series, we are following a group of Marines. You get the feeling that other groups of Marines are doing the same sorts of things all over the galaxy...the fate of the war doesn't rest on the shoulders of this small elite group. By the same measure, the weight that Gunny Kerr shoulders (responsibility for getting her people through this alive) never feels light.I want more now please.

  • Lilia Ford
    2019-04-21 00:22

    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.

  • Carro
    2019-04-06 04:07

    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 adventure story then this is a good series for you.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-18 04:07

    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.

  • Otherwyrld
    2019-03-24 05:22

    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, agrees to accompany her former commanding officer and a group of recruits to Crucible, the Marine Corps training planet. There the recruits get to go through combat simulations designed to turn them into Marines. Kerr is there to babysit her commander, recovering from having nearly died (which happened before the first book). Things start to go badly wrong pretty quickly, and as is usual with these stories, it is up to her to keep everyone else alive when the whole planet seems out to kill them.I found myself comparing this series not too unfavourably with the Sharpe novels, in that our titular characters not only have to survive what the enemy can throw at them, but also the machinations of those at the top of the command tree, which is often far worse than having mere bullets and bombs thrown at you. There is also a hint of Babylon 5 here as well, with the so-called Elder Races who run the Confederation being less than trustworthy at times. Having said that, this story turns out to be rather different, in that (view spoiler)[the alien vessel encountered in the last book is the real enemy here, having turned out to be a living creature rather than a ship, and one that can infiltrate just about anything, including getting inside people's head and wiping their memories, or just taking them over. What does it want is left unanswered though.(hide spoiler)]There are still the issues of having too many new characters to remember, and the fact that Kerr is just too good to be true at times, but it is still a fun read and I got through it pretty fast. I have one more book to read in this series, and then have to wait several months for the next one to come out, which is annoying as they have been in print for years. I may have to see how much the ebook is.

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-04-02 04:59

    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 recruits to Crucible, the training planet of course she jumps at that chance. Need I say that things do NOT work out to plan?This is probably my favorite of the Valor series, I love the description of the marine training regime and am endlessly fascinated by the training scenarios of Crucible. Often I have wistfully thought that it would be kind of awesome to see more of the actual battles and day-to-day running of Torin's space marines.The highlight is of course Torin Kerr (currently) Gunnery sergeant. She comes across as one of the most addictive female leads in a martial series that I have yet encountered. Smart, determined, never doubting herself or her ability to get the job done, with all the battle experience to get it done and the flexibility to adapt to unexpected circumstances.

  • Simone
    2019-04-08 06:07

    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. Perhaps it'll mean something in further books. I enjoyed the relationships shown throughout, not entirely sure what I hunk of Craig Ryder but he's an interesting enough character. Onto the next book then.

  • Joy
    2019-04-09 03:08

    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 to be attacking with malice. Is it the work of the enemy Others, or something else entirely? Another awesome installment in this series.

  • Nicole Lisa
    2019-03-26 04:18

    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.Normally I wouldn't subtract a star for formatting, but this was so bad it interfered with understanding the plot and normal reading.Don't read the ebook version (ePub)!

  • Jeremy Preacher
    2019-04-17 04:19

    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.

  • kvon
    2019-04-11 04:21

    Marine recruits on a world gone amok. Missing memories. Plastic aliens. Aliens whose response to the unknown is to f*** them or eat them (those are the good guys). Smartass aliens who like to test us. Gunnery sergeants who know everything. Why is everyone speaking English? Women in high-ranking positions. Skin color less mentioned than hair color.

  • Desiree
    2019-04-02 03:08

    It's a 3.5Just 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

  • Paula
    2019-03-26 00:14

    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
    2019-03-28 05:10

    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.

  • Lynn
    2019-04-05 23:05

    I really enjoy a strong female character. Set in the far future with a strong military focus. I thoroughly enjoy this series .

  • Paula
    2019-04-20 06:10

    rereading 10Sep15

  • annapi
    2019-04-11 04:11

    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 considerable time in the regeneration tank, she agrees. They are to join a squad of new marine recruits in Crucible, the marine corps training planet, and participate in the battle simulations. Trouble occurs when Torin realizes the simulations are going awry, and they are being attacked for real. She suspects their programming has been hacked by the Others, the bug-like species that is the Confederation's enemy. Trapped on the planet with no transport off it for at least 8 days, Torin must find a way to keep her charges alive.What more is there to say about this series that I haven't already? Each book comes up with a completely different and creative new scenario to drop our heroine into, and she always comes up kicking ass. And the intrigue started in the previous book continues, with still more to expect in the next volume. I'm thoroughly enjoying my re-read of this series.

  • T.H. Leatherman
    2019-03-24 02:28

    It's a training mission, nothing to worry aboutTorin 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 survival. Someone has turned all the training sims into deadly reality. Tanks firing live rounds. Artillery firing more than smoke rounds. It will be up to Gunny Kerr and a bunch of raw recruits to keep everyone alive.Tanya Huff brings the next installment in the Valor's Choice series. An excellent universe filled with interesting aliens and political intrigue. Each one has their own agenda and quirks. A very engaging story.

  • Terje Fokstuen
    2019-04-15 02:19

    Gunnery Sergeant Torrin is on an extended lecture tour, briefing military leaders about the Silviss reptiles that are about to join the confederation. A good office, Major Robinson, asks her to accompany him on a mission to the Crucible. The Crucible is a Marine Corps training planet, where all recruits go through a ten day field exercise before they graduate from boot camp. Gunny and Major are sent along to supervise one group of trainees, and then things go awry. Safety parameters are removed from training protocols and recruits are injured and killed. The hospital/medevac is taken out with a missile, and all the 'bots are in hot pursuit of our heroes. This is another action packed and exciting chapter in the Torin Kerr saga.

  • Ran
    2019-04-07 23:07

    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, everything naturally goes to hell as the recruits' trial goes sideways. I really dislike the di'Taykan/qui'Taykan biology thing. It uses a trope I've never enjoyed.

  • Ann Zdunczyk
    2019-03-23 06:25

    Wow!!!What can happen going out with a group of recruits on their training mission, will with Gunny Sgt Torin you might not want to ask that question!! Love these and am ready for the next one!!!

  • Emily
    2019-04-02 01:59

    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
    2019-04-03 03:02

    Great bookI love this series. I can't wait to read the next books. I really like the main characters and the storyline.

  • Brian Gaston
    2019-03-31 01:03

    A worthy addition to the Valor series.