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This, the darkest of the Dominic Flandry novels, deals with two of Flandry's relationships: with his illegitimate son, and with the second true love of his life. At the same time, the alien spy Aycharaych, working for/with the Merseian enemies of the Terran Empire, is sowing trouble, trying to use the cycles of human history to his advantage. By the time the book is over, Flandry has foiled his plots, but reached the nadir of his personal life.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Family relations    -   Yes If enemy is a group...    -   spy group

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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