The Truth of Valor

The Truth of Valor

A Confederation Novel

Book - 2010
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The thrilling final installment in Tanya Huff's military sci-fi adventure Confederation series

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr was the very model of a Confederation Marine. She'd survived more deadly encounters than anyone in the Corps. No one who'd ever served with her could imagine her walking away from the Corps. But that was before Torin had learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting...before she'd been declared dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldn't exist....

It was Salvage Operator Craig Ryder who had refused to believe Torin was dead. Craig who found and rescued Torin. And so, when her mission was complete, Torin resigned from the Marines to start a new life with Craig aboard his tiny salvage ship, the Promise.

But civilian life was a lot rougher than Torin had imagined. The salvage operators were losing cargo and lives to pirates. Because salvagers were an independent lot unwilling to turn to the OutSector Wardens for help, no one in authority seemed to take their ever-increasing threat seriously.

Then, on their first real run together, pirates attacked the Promise, kidnapping Craig and leaving Torin to die. But leaving Torin behind to die was never a good strategy. Against all odds, she survived, and certain--despite no evidence to prove her correct--that Craig was still alive, she decided to mount a rescue mission. When Craig's salvager friends refused to join her, Torin had no choice but to call in the Marines--some very special Marines.

Then she discovered why the pirates had been trying to kidnap salvagers. And suddenly Torin's mission expanded from saving Craig to stopping the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space....
Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780756406844
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 29, 2014

Not worth the time to read it.. I quit at 50 pages. don't waste your time.

Jun 02, 2014

While I was glad Torin ended her career as a marine still alive, this tale of her civilian life dealing with psychopathic pirates is really grim.

Nov 19, 2012

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is retired from the Marines and taken up with salvage operator Craig Ryder, both romantically and professionally. All is going well, until they are ambushed by pirates. Kerr is left for dead while Ryder is kidnapped in order to gain access to his codes. But the pirates should have made sure they killed Kerr, because once she realizes that Ryder is still alive, she will stop at nothing until she gets him back. And given that she knows quite a few retired marines, she's bringing back-up.

Huff is at her best with this book. Kerr is at her best when she is single-mindedly going after her goal. An excellent adventure that, as others have pointed out, is a transition book for this series. You can tell that Huff has plans for this series to go in another direction after this book; this novel is the set up for that.

A good read. If you are a fan of military sf, this is a book for you.

Jan 14, 2012

I had a difficult three-score pages getting started with The Truth of Valor. I climbed out of this ‘mud’ when in chapter three (page 59 my book) Torin and Craig spar (verbally) over whether they should take up a fight against apparent pirates who’ve killed an ex-Marine.

Up till then, though, I was starting to worry whether Torin had jumped the shark at the end of Valor’s Trial. Was the ‘War was a Sham’ finale of the previous book going to leave her purposeless? If so, I didn’t want to see the ugly result. But… Who knows, maybe this was deliberate meta-suspense on Huff’s part! Mean of her, if so. I was starting to worry maybe this wasn’t going to work out!

In the course of writing this review, I’ve decided that this book actually describes Torin turning an important corner in her life, now that the big war has been revealed to be a fake. She’s going to have a new mission in future books (see my liked list below if you don’t mind spoilers).

Recommended especially to Torin fans. Remember, Torin is like Heris Serrano in her purple uniform!

read the rest of my review on my blog, at

neko Feb 08, 2011

Tanya knows how to write a great yarn and Torin Kerr is the best. Never leave a marine for dead 'cause a lack of proof will come back to haunt you.


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Jun 02, 2014

_The enemy of my enemy is my friend. _ Faulty logic from a military point of view, where nothing prevented the enemy of an enemy from also being an enemy . . .

Jun 02, 2014

“Who knew I’d miss nearly dying on a regular basis?”


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Jun 30, 2014

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