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A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (Flandry #7)

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Raconteur, bon vivant, troubleshooter for the decaying Terran Empire, Dominic Falndry doesn't crave further danger in the service of galactic unity.

But duty calls, so it's back to the spaceways for the most elegant Special Agent is a hundred star systems--straight into the well-laid plans of his lifelong enemy Aycharaych.

Win or lose, though, the long night of human civiliz
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 15th 1993 by Tor Books (first published 1975)
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Robin
A rare misstep in an otherwise solid series. The opening and closing pages are affecting, but every scene in between consists of exposition on exposition. Anderson describes alien scenery in exhausting detail, then has his characters explain the political situation in oblique characterless phrases, and then the scene ends. Scenes stack on scenes and the effect is stupefying.

Character also takes a knock on the head. Two characters have a romance doubly implausible - the characters are unappealin
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Jan 27, 2016 blake rated it really liked it
Solid Poul Anderson space opera that combines political intrigue with romance, as was his specialty. It's dark, of course, but not nihilistic. Great head fakes—the primary antagonist, barely seen in the actual events—is a telepath (and the eponymous knight, perhaps) so we know he's controlling things behind the scene, but not how much. There are so many ways for a story like this to go wrong, but it mostly works, because Anderson doesn't go for the cheap twist.

The word usage is noteworthy, I th
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Jun 24, 2012 Doug Dandridge rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any fan of classic scifi
Dominic Flandry rocks.
Part of the Imperial Terra series, which takes place after the
Polysotechnic League, Dominic Flandry is an agent of Naval Intelligence
during the last days of the Empire. While the rest of humanity enjoy their
prosperity, ignoring the catastrophe to come, Flandry schemes and fights
across space to hold the dike in place again the coming of the younger,
more vital cultures.
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Oct 10, 2014 Chuck rated it it was amazing
Awesome space opera. Espionage agents clash in a Cold War on a galactic scale. Poul Anderson's writing is superlative.
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Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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