Mark: A clone of Miles, programmed to kill him and take over his life, but decided not to when he got to know him (in Brothers in Arms). In a deep identity crisis.
Elena Bothari-Jesek: Childhood friend and great love of Miles. His second-in-command as Admiral Naismith, leader of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries.
Mark takes over Miles' identity as Naismith, to use the mercenary fleet for his own purposes. Miles has to clean up the mess.
Great multi-leveled conversation. Lots of humor and dry wit.
Unquestionably the best of the Vorkosigan series.
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