Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga, Book 9)

By Lois McMaster Bujold

Whilst the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are despatched to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the 2 males are inexplicably attacked via a servant of the overdue empress. while an analogous servant turns up lifeless day after today, Miles and Ivan locate themselves in the midst of a secret. Miles attempts to play detective in an odd, complex, and deceptively alien tradition, whereas lascivious Ivan manages to get himself concerned with numerous noble women even as, a diplomatic no-no of the 1st order. because the plot thickens, it turns into transparent that it's as much as Miles to avoid wasting the empire. together with her ordinary ability, Bujold addresses undying problems with human id throughout the own dramas of her characters.

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They got here to a clean door. "This is it," acknowledged Nadina. No give-away safeguard this time; this was once the little room that wasn't there. "How can we get in? " requested Miles. "Knock? " "I feel so," acknowledged Pel. She dropped her force-screen simply lengthy sufficient to take action, then raised it back. "I intended that as a. shaggy dog story" acknowledged Miles, horrified. definitely not anyone was once in there–he'd pictured the good Key stored on my own in a few secure or coded compartment– The door opened. A light guy with darkish earrings lower than his eyes, wearing Kety's livery, pointed a tool on the bubble, learn off the digital signature that resulted, and acknowledged, "Yes, haut Vio? " "I … have introduced the haut Nadina to aim again," acknowledged Pel. Nadina grimaced in disapproving editorial. "I don't believe we'll want her," acknowledged the liveried guy, "but you could check with the final. " He stood apart to allow them to move inside. Miles, who were calculating tips to knock the guy out with Pel's aerosol back, began his calculations over. there have been 3 males within the floating cipher lab, certain. An array of apparatus, festooned with transitority cables, cluttered each on hand floor. a good extra whey-faced tech donning the black undress uniform of Cetagandan army defense sat ahead of a console with the air of a guy who'd been there for days, as evidenced by way of the caffeinated drink bins littered round him in a hoop, and 2 bottles of business painkillers sitting atop a close-by counter. however it was once the 3rd guy, leaning over his shoulder, who riveted Miles's recognition. It wasn't ghem-General Chilian, as his brain had first attempted to imagine. This officer used to be a more youthful guy, taller, sharp-faced, who wore the bloodred costume uniform of the Celestial Garden's personal Imperial defense. He was once no longer donning his right zebra-striped face paint, even though. His tunic used to be rumpled and striking open. no longer the manager of Security–Miles's brain ratcheted down the checklist he had memorized, weeks in the past, in mis-aimed instruction for this trip–ghem-General Naru, sure, that was once the guy, 3rd in command in that very internal hierarchy. Kety's deduced seduced touch. referred to as in, it seems that, to lend his services in cracking the codes that safe the nice Key. "All right," stated the whey-faced tech, "start over with department seven thousand, three-hundred and 6. purely 700 extra to move, and we will have it, I swear. " Pel gasped, and pointed. Piled in a disorderly heap at the desk past the console was once no longer one yet 8 copies of the good Key. Or one nice Key and 7 copies . . . may possibly Kety be trying to perform the past due Empress Lisbet's imaginative and prescient finally? all of the remainder of the chaos of the earlier weeks a few stressed false impression? No … no. This needed to be another rip-off. possibly he deliberate to ship his fellow governors domestic with undesirable copies, or provide Cetagandan Imperial safeguard seven extra decoys to chase, or … a mess of percentages, so long as they complex Kety's personal own schedule and nobody else's. Firing his stunner may trigger each alarm within the position, making it a weapon of final hotel.

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