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Allies (Adventures in the Liaden Universe, Volume12) by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Edited by Steve Miller
Cover Artist: Richard Horn
Review by Gayle Surrette
SRM Publisher Ltd Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780977663941
Date: Undefined 2006

Links: SRM Publisher, Ltd. / Show Official Info /

Allies contains two short stories: "Fighting Chance" and "Prodigal Son". If you're a fan of the Liaden Universe, you'll want to add this chapbook to your collection.

Both stories in Allies give us another chance to be with Miri Roberson and Val Con yos'Phelium. In "Fighting Chance", we finally find out how Miri met Angela Lizardi and joined her mercenary troop. We still don't know much about Angela's relationship with Miri's mother but it does give us more background on Miri.

In "Prodigal Son", Clan Korval has now settled on Surebleak along with the Scouts. In cleaning up after the Department of Interior, they learn that another agent has been sent to Vandar to search for Miri and Val Con. Necessity requires that someone go to Vandar to check on their friends, Zhena Trelu, Hakan and Kem. Things are not all as they were when they left the planet, although much is the same. Val Con, with the help of Beautiful, manage to get to the planet and now they just need to find the agent and protect the culture from contamination. Things are never easy, so Val Con should be used to this.

Chapbooks are usually either a collection of short stories or a novella. This is volume 12 and is available from Amazon and from the publisher: SRM Publisher, Lt. PO Box 179, Unity, ME O4988.

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