The main character is a superb military general from a planet somewhat like Earth. He flees a major conflict on his planet and becomes a warrior for hire. He is soon recruited by "The Culture" a utopian society of technologically advanced humans. The Culture wish to interfere in more primitive cultures and recruit him to influence the outcome of wars. He is troubled by horrific but unclear memories of his home planet that eventually reveal a more sinister side to his personality.
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The review of this Book prepared by Ian Peter Avery
Along with her intelligent drone assistant, Skaffen-Amtiskaw, the Culture's Special Circumstances representative, Diziet Sma, sets out to procure, yet again, the services of Cheradenine Zakalwe for a mission. The drone simply regards Zakalwe as a lost cause. But neither it nor Sma, despite their intelligence and foreknowledge, are really aware of whom they are dealing with.
The review of this Book prepared by Charles Smyth