By Piers Anthony

Unique ebook: 1985

POLITICAL PRISONER

He aroused from sleep in a tiny lightless mobile, groping for reminiscence . . . reminiscence that were erased. desire Hubris, Jupiter governor, revolutionary populist, warrior hero, and presidential candidate . . . a “mem-washed” device of the enemy. And if his captors’ plan labored, desire might spoil his personal political occupation, leaving the destiny of his planet within the palms of its corrupt presidential incumbent—Tocsin.

But wish Hubris had a future to meet. He had the crafty to find code phrases which may reactivate his brain . . . the energy to withstand habit to their medicinal drugs . . . the facility to win the aid of his countrymen, and at last, the braveness to make an agonizing sacrifice that will verify his planet’s destiny and his personal future . . . 

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If she inspiration it was once very important it most likely was once. I hastened to just accept the invitation and to make the necessary visual appeal sooner than the president. President Kenson was once gracious. He used to be a tall Saxon, in his fifties—height appears to be like an asset in a candidate—with a stunning spouse. He have been in workplace years, having became again Tocsin’s made up our minds attempt to maneuver from the vice-presidency to the presidency. evidently Tocsin had attempted to painting Kenson as incompetent, tender on Saturnism, ultraliberal, prosperous, and different political crimes. simply the fourth have been precise, and hard-nosed use of the leverage of that wealth had enabled Kenson to show the tables and defeat Tocsin in a really shut crusade. Megan have been completely happy to determine it. It used to be no longer that she favourite Kenson in all things—no actually fresh individual accomplished this excessive an workplace, she claimed—but she knew what a catastrophe Tocsin could were. yet no matter what else he was once or used to be now not, Kenson had gigantic own magnetism. This used to be one other priceless characteristic for a political candidate, after all; I simply had now not encountered it at this significance ahead of. My expertise used to be blunted as a result of my tendency to love this guy; emotion continuously interferes with judgment. Hopie ran round the halls, enchanted via the complicated that was once the White Bubble. “They’re darling while they’re little,” the president remarked, smiling. Then he glanced at Megan. “And appealing while grown. ” struggle it as i would, i discovered my appreciation for this guy magnifying. He used to be like an influence resource, radiating competence and goodwill. I knew he had an average streak and used to be a ruthless political gut-fighter whilst campaigning, yet none of that confirmed now. Kenson was once a captivating host but additionally an effective one. Very presently i discovered myself closeted with him and conversing company. He had obviously sized me up as quickly as I had him, and, after all, he had performed his homework on my history. “Hope, we're commencing a brand new embassy,” he stated. “It’s a severe one, and mild; it has to be dealt with competently. i think you're the guy for the location. ” “An ambassador, sir? ” I requested, now not crediting it. I had intended he was once contemplating me for a few bureaucratic place with out a lot importance, to be able to manage to lay declare to a couple aid from the Hispanic group. after all, a few embassies have been really minor; it relied on the planet. “Ganymede,” he acknowledged. If he had meant to flooring me he had succeeded. Communist Ganymede was once the present sore spot of the Jupiter sphere of house. “Gany? But—” “But we've got had no diplomatic kin with that satellite tv for pc because the revolution,” he stated. “However, that's altering; i might a lot otherwise be in contact with my enemy than out of contact; it’s more secure. however the id of the ambassador is important. He should have stature, competence, warning, and braveness. ” He smiled, and back that incandescent camaraderie manifested. “It is fantastic how few politicians healthy that description. ” No understatement! “I—” “I don't deny that this publish has been became down via a couple of nominee,” he persevered, as though this have been a private verbal exchange that in basic terms i used to be privileged to listen to.

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