The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold (Blackstone Audio, 2005)
If you are a science fiction fan, you will enjoy this novel by award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold. I have read some other titles set in this particular world, which were also good, and reading them in order doesn’t seem to be critical. In this future world, the major galactic empires are controlled by military families. They aren’t evil, but they are focused on gaining political power and commercial control as most empires inevitably are. As the son of the current prime minister of Vor (and personal friend of the young emperor), protagonist Miles Vorkosigan is not your typical recent military academy graduate. He finds his niche in imperial intelligence, as a covert operative who somehow takes control of situations which should be way over his pay grade. My only complaint about this book is that women tend to be relegated to mid-twentieth century type secondary positions, as if this were the Cold War repeated on a galactic level. This is surprising coming from a woman author.