Valor's Trial - Confederation, Bk 4 Author:Tanya Huff Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr was a Confederation Marine's marine. She's survived more deadly encounters -- and kept more of her officers and enlistees alive - than anyone in the Corps, and she was determined to keep that record intact. But when her last assignment on Crucible -- the Marine Corps training planet -- had taken an unexpectedl... more »y perilous twist, Torin had needed some personal repair time before getting back into action. She returned to Ventris Station just in time to link up with her old platoon and head out to a brand-new war zone, an area of space where the enemy known as the Others appeared to be building up its forces for a preemptive strike.
Saddled with the greenest troops when Sh'quo Company hit dirt, Torin was caught in the heaviest fighting when she was sent to pull back troops who'd moved up to an indefensible position.
After a devastating air strike that reduced the whole area to slag, the powers that be in the Corps could only conclude that Torin Kerr was dead. But despite irrefutable evidence, neither Torin's father nor salvager Craig Ryder agreed. After all, no body had been found, nor even a trace of Torin's DNA. She'd survived impossible odds before, surely this time would be no different. But whether they could get the Corps to change its stance was very much in question.
And the truth was that Torin Kerr had survived. She woke to discover that she was trapped in a series of underground caves that appeared to be an enemy-run POW camp. But everyone knew the Others never took prisoners -- or did they? All Torin was certain of was that she was not the only Marine trapped there. However, she soon realized that she was the only Marine who still had the will to escape.
Could Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr solve the puzzle of this prison that shouldn't even exist, and fight her way back to the surface with as many Marines as she could pry free before the inexplicable inertia that possessed them overwhelmed her too? Though she was determined to get herself and her Marines back to the Confederation, Torin had no idea how crucial her current situation could prove not only to her well-being but to the course of the entire war.« less
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to get into and I read it all in one day because I wanted to see what happened. It does help quite a bit to have read the other books in the series because there are a lot of references to things that happened in them.