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Cryoburn (Miles Vorkosigan) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Cover Artist: David Seeley
Review by Paul Haggerty
Baen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439133941
Date: 02 November 2010 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Miles Vorkosigan has spent his entire life getting himself into one scrape after another, and not always managing to get himself out fully intact. But one would think that being an official diplomat, on a completely peaceful mission to a non-hostile planet that is eager to do business with Barrayar, would allow him to spend a little time not looking over his shoulder. But no matter what planet you're on, one thing remains constant. There are winners and losers, and the losers always think somebody else is to blame... and they have a foolproof plan to fix things in their favor. And in this case, the plan involves taking hostages, unfortunately they didn't plan that the hostages would include one Barrayaran Imperial Auditor. They have no idea the trouble they've gotten themselves into.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Miles Vorkosigan is back!
Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove--he's been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp--an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future--attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter Miles to check it out.

On Kibou-daini, Miles discovers generational conflict over money and resources is heating up, even as refugees displaced in time skew the meaning of generation past repair. Here he finds a young boy with a passion for pets and a dangerous secret, a Snow White trapped in an icy coffin who burns to re-write her own tale, and a mysterious crone who is the very embodiment of the warning Don't mess with the secretary. Bribery, corruption, conspiracy, kidnapping--something is rotten on Kibou-daini, and it isn't due to power outages in the Cryocombs. And Miles is in the middle--of trouble.

(Source: Baen)

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