By Poul Anderson

Flandry, the following a captain, undergoes a chain of adventures: he's kidnapped by way of the Scothians, an alien race hoping to invade the Terran Empire; rescues the Emperor's abducted granddaughter; meets Aycharaych, his nemesis in league with the Merseians; and investigates a formerly unencountered alien race that has invaded the far-off colonial international of Vixen.

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You are not so badly off now. Will you place all of it on a flip of the playing cards? " "Of course," she stated quietly, and rose to her toes. He laughed and slapped her in a now not very brotherly type. "All correct! you could pop out at the aim diversity and end up what you acknowledged approximately capturing whereas Chives packs. " In Flandry's inner most speedster it used to be a three-day flit to Vor. After rehearsing what needs to be performed, he spent the time a laugh himself and his partners. There will not be one other likelihood. Vor were settled early within the days of Imperial enlargement, and had turn into a wealthy international, the ordinary number of capital for the duke who ruled the Taurian zone. It was once like one other Terra—less grandiose, extra bustling and businesslike—and the field itself used to be virtually an empire in the Empire, a robust realm of many stars whose ruler sat excessive within the councils of the Imperium. Flandry left Chives within the boat on the major spaceport, and gave the portmaster a gigantic bribe to fail to remember that his vessel used to be extra seriously armed than a civilian craft must be. He and Ella stuck a flittercab downtown and obtained a penthouse in a single of the higher lodges. Flandry by no means stinted himself while he was once on fee account, yet this time the penthouse had a enterprise cause. you may land a spaceboat at the roof if a brief getaway turned valuable. He known as the ducal palace that night and bought via to the manager social secretary. "Captain Sir Dominic Flandry of his Majesty's Intelligence Corps," he acknowledged pompously to the effeminate face. "I would prefer an viewers along with his Grace. there's a few company to debate. " "I am afraid, sir, that—" A telescreen buzzed by means of the secretary's elbow. "Excuse me. " He spoke to it. while he confronted again round, his expression was once obsequious. "Of path, sir. His Grace will be happy to work out you at fourteen hundred the following day. " "Good," acknowledged Flandry. "I'll purchase you a lollipop someday, Junior. " He switched off and laughed at Ella's astonished face. "That does it," he informed her. "Someone used to be tracking the secretary, and while he received my identify, allow the secretary comprehend in no doubtful phrases that my presence is urgently wanted on the palace—or, a minimum of, that a call for participation might allay my suspicions for some time. " there have been no lighting fixtures on, yet by way of the radiance of Vor's one nice moon he observed her chew her lip. "That does not sound good," she acknowledged. "It sounds greatly as though my suggestion is correct. glance the following. " Flandry were over the entire issues a dozen occasions, yet he cherished to listen to himself speak. "The Intelligence Corps is extremely effective in the event you element it within the correct course. hence, the abduction was once so designed that Fenross is pointed in 100 various instructions, none of them right. he is tackling the hopeless activity of investigating one million barbarian stars and the adverse Merseian Empire. yet I, having a foul suspicious brain, idea that there could be parts inside of our personal territory which might now not brain having the Emperor's favourite granddaughter for a visitor. "That alien-type spaceship was once intended as a clue towards Merseia, yet i did not love it.

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