Sunday, August 26, 2007

Agent of the Terran Empire - Poul Anderson

This book is two novelettes and a novella, I guess, that pits superagent Dominic Flandry against his Merseian nemesis/counterpart/duelling partner. Flandy has the Terran resources to back him, but his opposite number is a telepath of no mean ability.

It is hard to plot and plan with him around, particularly in a diplomatic setting. Batman would be pretty happy with Flandry's valet/butler, pretty good with the spaceship and the raygun.

Agent of the Terran Empire : Tiger by the Tail - Poul Anderson
Agent of the Terran Empire : Warriors From Nowhere! - Poul Anderson
Agent of the Terran Empire : Hunters of the Sky Cave - Poul Anderson

Flandry gets involved with some of the ruling class of an alliance opposed to his, and uses their tribal society system against them via some political destabilisation, and a spot of duelling.

4 out of 5

Flandry has to deal with an opposite number with a telepathic advantage.

3 out of 5

Flandry gets into to grass roots work on a planet with some nasty conditions, and ends up in deadly shipboard combat, all with the help of a local woman.

3.5 out of 5

3 out of 5

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