By Alan Burt Akers
The matter with being a undercover agent is it's essential to make neighbors with the enemy. Dray Prescot, Earthman, who had develop into prince of Vallia, used to be the type of guy who continually stood via his acquaintances. So in his quest to benefit the conflict secrets and techniques of Hamal, empire of the aircraft-makers, Dray stumbled on himself not just turning into comrade to a few of its maximum warriors yet of championing the very lifetime of its cruelly appealing queen. even though Dray's devotion to his excellent princess Delia by no means flagged, his venture, and his lifestyles, used to be perilously balanced upon the razor-edged blades of loyalty as opposed to duty...
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Special delivery. He opened it. Inside, a slip of paper. It said: POT-HEALER, I NEED YOU. AND I WILL PAY. No signature. No address except his, as destination. My god, he thought, this is something real and big. I know it. He carefully moved his chair around so that he faced the red warning light of the mail tube. And prepared to wait. Until it comes, he said to himself. Unless I physically starve to death first. I will not voluntarily die, now, he thought harshly. I want to stay alive. And wait.
Dialing his phone, he obtained a satellite relay to Japan; he raised Tokyo and gave the digits for the Tokyo translating computer. With the skill of long habit he obtained a direct line to the great, clanking, booming construct; he bypassed its host of attendants. “Oral transmission,” he informed it. The hulking GX9 computer clicked over to oral, rather than visual, reception. “The Corn Is Green,” Joe said. He turned on the recording unit of his phone. At once the computer answered, giving the Japanese equivalent.
I’m depressed. I can’t stand this much longer. Do you know what I mean? ” He waited. A faceless moment poured past in which neither of them spoke. “I’m ringing off,” Joe said, and began to hang up. “Wait,” Gauk said rapidly. ” He hung up, sat emptily staring. On his unfolded sheet of paper he had several more, but—It’s gone, he said to himself, bitterly. The energy, the capacity to fiddle away a lifetime without dignified work, and, in its place, the performance of the trivial, even the voluntarily trivial, as we have constructed here in The Game.
Bladesman of Antares (Dray Prescot, Book 9) by Alan Burt Akers