By Lois McMaster Bujold
If his enemies might simply go away him by myself, Miles Vorkosigan (alias Admiral Naismith) made up our minds bitterly, the Dendarii loose Mercenary Fleet may cave in all by itself. yet his enemies have been plotting a extra lethal fall.
For a few unexplained cause the Dendarii payroll is lacking and the orders from the Barrayaran Imperial Command are being not on time via Miles's greater, Captain Galeni. What connects the impeccable unbearable Captain Galeni and the Komarran insurgent expatriates in the world besides? however the most dangerous query of all earlier than Miles is extra own: are Miles's identities, Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii and Lieutenant Lord Vorkosigan of Barrayar, splitting aside alongside the traces of his divided loyalties? And who's attempting to assassinate which model of him?
whilst Miles unravels the solutions, then the problems particularly begin.
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If I have been going to be shot via my very own troops, they have had far better possibilities than this. " The constable frowned, yet didn't cease him. The autodoors weren't operating. Miles stood baffled earlier than the glass a second, then pounded on it. there has been shadowy stream in the back of the iridescent shimmer. a truly lengthy pause, and the doorways slid open a few 3rd of a meter; Miles grew to become sideways and slipped via. a guy within shoved them close back via hand and jammed a steel brace of their slot. the inner of the wineshop was once a shambles. Miles gasped on the fumes within the air, fragrant vapors from shattered bottles. you may get plastered simply from respiring. . . . The carpeting squished underfoot. Miles glanced round, to figure out who he desired to homicide first. the single who'd unblocked the door stood out, as he used to be donning purely lingerie. " 'S Admiral Naismith," the doorman hissed. He got here to a tilted cognizance, and saluted. "Whose military are you in, soldier? " Miles growled at him. The man's fingers made little waving motions, as though to supply causes via mime. Miles could not dredge up his identify. one other Dendarii, in uniform this time, was once sitting at the ground along with his again to a pillar. Miles squatted down, contemplating hauling him to his ft, or a minimum of his knees, by means of his jacket and bracing him. Miles stared into his face. Little crimson eyes like coals within the caverns of his eye-sockets stared again with out attractiveness. "Eugh," muttered Miles, and rose with out extra try and speak. That one's realization was once someplace in wormhole house. "Who cares? " got here a hoarse voice from the ground in the back of a show rack, one of many few that hadn't been violently upended. "Who t'hell cares? " Oh, we've the easiest and brightest right here this present day, do not we? Miles proposal sourly. An upright individual emerged round the finish of the reveal rack, announcing, "Can't be, he is disappeared back …" ultimately, a person Miles knew by means of identify. All too good. extra cause of the scene was once nearly redundant. "Ah, deepest Danio. Fancy assembly you the following. " Danio shambled to a species of realization, towering over Miles. An vintage pistol, its grip defaced with notches, dangled menacingly from his ham hand. Miles nodded towards it. "Is that the lethal weapon i used to be referred to as clear of my affairs to come back acquire? They talked such as you had part our bleeding arsenal down the following. " "No, sir! " acknowledged Danio. "That will be opposed to regs. " He patted the gun fondly. "Jus' my own estate. since you by no means be aware of. The crazies are far and wide. " "Are you sporting the other guns between you? " "Yalen has his bowie knife. " Miles managed a twinge of aid as untimely. nonetheless, if those morons have been all alone, the Dendarii fleet will possibly not need to get formally sucked into their morass in spite of everything. "Did you recognize that sporting any weapon is against the law during this jurisdiction? " Danio concept this over. "Wimps," he acknowledged ultimately. "Nevertheless," acknowledged Miles firmly, "I'm going to need to acquire them and take them again to the flagship. " Miles peered round the show rack.
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