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Vortex by Allan Cole
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Dec 01, 15

really liked it
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Read in November, 2015 , read count: 5

And, finally, Sten gets his last skill set upgrade: diplomat and bureaucrat (with a still a bit of spycraft and space warrior on the side). In the meantime, Sten is busy losing two father figures that have kept him steady since his earliest days: former spymaster Mahoney and the increasingly erratic Eternal Emperor.

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PREVIOUS (Oct 2012)

With the return of the Eternal Emperor, Sten enters service as diplomat plenipotentiary, trying to help keep the Empire together, even in the intrinsically fractious Altaic Cluster. But there's rottenness both in the Imperial chosen leaders and in the core of the Empire itself, putting Sten between a moral rock and a genocidal hard place.

Good combo of SF military fantasy, guerrilla/revolutionary fiction, and continuing the narrative of what makes for an eternal empire ... and what can bring it down.

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