The Heart of Valor
by Tanya Huff
Cover Artist: Paul Youll
Review by Barry Newton
DAW Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756404352
Date: 05 June 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
It's been five years since the last Valor book brought us news of Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr. That story, The Better Part of Valor, was also reviewed in SFRevu. While Heart of Valor stands alone reasonably well, the reader will benefit from the additional context of the earlier books. There have been two. Folks who know Tanya Huff from her fantasy and vampire tales may be gobsmacked to learn that she also writes rip-roaring military SF. From official release/information:
Book Description: 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 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...
(Source: DAW Hardcover)