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            Two space adventure novels in the popular Liaden Universe® series in one popularly priced Omni trade edition Agent of Change Once a brilliant First in Scout Val Con yos’Phelium was “recruited” by the shadowy Liaden Department of Interior and brainwashed into an Agent of Change—a ruthless covert operative who kills without remorse Val Con has been playing a deep game far from the orderly life of clan and kin Fleeing his latest mission he saves the life of ex mercenary Miri Robertson a Terran on the run from interplanetary assassins Thrown together by circumstances Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without killing each other or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them Which name – or face – will the agent choose when the game gets tough and an escape for only one of them seems possible? Carpe Diem On the run from interplanetary assassins and a ruthless interstellar crime cartel covert operative Val Con yos'Phelium and former mercenary sergeant Miri Robertson formed an alliance of necessity and wound up stranded on a planet with no rescue in sight Their on world problems were looking manageable after they assumed new identities as musicians that is until a local war forced them to reveal their alien combat skills – and doubt their own growing partnership of trust and love By then the relentless hound of an agent on Val Con's trail was closing in with the very weapon Val Con and Miri most feared and the game got very rough indeed “I rarely rave on and on about stories but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories” — Anne McCaffrey

10 thoughts on “The Agent Gambit (Liaden Universe, #9-10)

  1. says:

    Call it a 35 Even though this is Vol 2 of the Liaden Universe combo volumes I read as my introduction to that setting Which did me no harm the inclusion of characters that show up in the novels of the first combo volume The Dragon Variation came across as Oh this novel has a rich backstoryThe Liaden novels involve Samurai Elvish Traders IN SPAAAAAACE Opera and this one throws in heavy tropes of Super Spies but also as the story proceeds and especially as we get into the second collected novel Nefarious Mind Control of Programmed Assassins The stories here won't win any Pullitzer prize but they are interesting and imaginative include some unexpected plot twists and odd players and places And while the Regency Romance aspects of dueling I AM NOT WORTHY OF THIS OTHER PERSON'S LOVE protagonists sometimes causes truly painful eyerolling it was enough of a good payoff by the end to get me to go back and read the volume I missed

  2. says:

    Val Con and Miri Agent of Change and Carpe Dieum are together in this volume They follow Val Con of the house of Korval And it's uite a adventure as he meets his future lifemate and the stumble from one danger into another Almost everyone is after them But scariest of all is the Sinister Department of the Interior in Liaden which has taken control of Val Con's life It's great that these 2 books were published together as the first ends on a bit of a cliffhanger But then there's the next to lead to a decent conclusion but hinting at to come

  3. says:

    5 stars for spy space opera romance fun I've seen this series described elsewhere as elves in space

  4. says:

    I don't have much to add that others haven't said about this series It's good old fashioned space opera but it also has strong characterization and lots of interesting twists and turns Very progressive and interesting Well worth reading for fans of Andre Norton Heinlein etc

  5. says:

    Enjoyable pair of books featuring Agent of Change and Carpe Diem By the way Agent of Change is FREE on and at Baen This is adventurous romantic space opera where Val Con and Miri meet for the first time and subseuently pair up against galactic mobsters similar to the mafia Yxtrang warriors and brainwashed agents of the Dept of the Interior Falling in love along the way Who is watching their backs? Why a few new friends on a restricted planet Vandor and some ancient 8 foot Clutch Turtles — especially Edger and Sheather These benevolent but powerful beings love Val Con and Miri and treat them like esteemed and interesting siblings Carpe Diem picks up exactly where Agent of Change left off Together the two stories include good descriptions of Val Con nearly losing his mind — and nearly dying — from the Loop programmed into his brain Scattered across these two books are some great scenes with the yos'Galan ladies Nova and Anthora who are guarding the home fires on planet Liad assisted by Jeeves and Tree Shan and Priscilla also get plenty of air time still not crazy about the goddess thing uibbles Formatting issues with hyphen versus m dash throughout this e book collection The Agent Gambit The incorrect punctuation marks caused some confusion because I thought the authors were signaling a compound phrase when instead they were signaling an abrupt break in thought or speech the reciprocal occurred too Several times I had to re read the sentence Also the ending of Carpe Diem is disappointingly abrupt It feels incomplete But see belowNext up? Plan B picks up where Carpe Diem ended It is really good So there are four books in this one tight seuence Agent of Change followed by Carpe Diem then Plan B followed by I Dare Additionally several brief novellas fall within this seuence including Skyblaze a single story and Halfling Moon both stories as well as With Stars Underfoot not This House only The Lord of the Dance The novellas belong after I Dare I would read Halfling Moon first

  6. says:

    How do I love the Liaden series? Let me count the ways My favorite thing about these delightful books I think is that every single one of them has been about characters from vastly different backgrounds clan culture planet; even species learning to live and work and love together sometimes in the face of formidable opposition They forge alliances create families and trade routes They understand that we are better and stronger when we strive together in pursuit of common goalsUntil now that isThere's always been friction between Terrans and Liadens of course starting with Terran scholar Anne Davis' controversial research in Local Custom But the publication of her work was a stone cast into still water creating ripples that continue to gain momentum a generation later And in Agent of Change we learn that her foster son Val Con yos'Phelium has been subverted and brainwashed by a shadowy fascist faction within Liad's government bent upon purging their culture of un Liaden elementsFortunately Val Con has far better resources than the average Agent He's got the assistance of ex mercenary Miri Robertson as well as the completely delightful Clutch Turtles proving to my great surprise that Terry Pratchett doesn't have a monopoly on spacefaring chelonians after all Agent of Change introduces this motley crew and kindles the love affair between Val Con and Miri; the seuel Carpe Diem gives us an intimate look at the kind of work the oft mentioned Liaden Scouts actually do enduring shipwreck on an interdicted planet figuring out how to survive there without breaking the Liaden euivalent of the Prime Directive and how to signal for help without attracting the notice of the Department of the Interior which wants them all deadI didn't enjoy these books uite as much as the ones that came before chronologically speaking; I think that's mostly because so much of the action takes place far from Liad and we get only the briefest glimpses of the rest of the family And of the time we spend amongst Clan Korval way too much of it is with Priscilla whom I find irritating The ending is awfully abrupt too but it promises much excitement and literal? upheaval in the next book Plan B

  7. says:

    I only read Carpe Diem in this omnibus because that's all my library had available There were a lot of mentions of about how plain and unattractive Miri was in this book that I didn't get from the previous book Also cover artist Miri's hair is so long she can braid it and make it into a crown The hair on girl on the cover is too short I loved how this couplerelationship is developing Very sweet romantic moments

  8. says:

    Agent of ChangeCarpe Diem Fascinating exciting totally believable I liked their growing relationship the world building the fact that they ended up on a planet that wasn't Earth because what would be the fun in that? and I liked their different learning methodsSide note Baen needs to reformat its ebooks for smoother usability Their ebook omnibus binding is ugly and crude and I had to scroll over blank pages between chapters

  9. says:

    Good old space opera science fiction of the type made popular by EE Doc Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs from my youth including action romance and honor This book is actually two novels Agent of Change and Carpe Diem telling the story of Val Con yos'Phelium a Liaden covert operative and Miri Robertson a Terran mercenary joining forces to stay one step ahead of the Juntavas an organized crime clan not to mention staying out of the clutches of the bloodthirsty warlike Yxtrang race or Val Con's own Department of Interior

  10. says:

    Remarkably consistent for a book written so early Of course that means the same flaws are still in evidence all of the male characters are similar all of the female characters are similar there are points that show a real lack of thought Val Con is learning this language from scratch at a farmhouse and he knows the word recoil? And whatever happened to Zhena Trelu anyway? But there are also points of cleverness and interesting complications and the turtles rock my world