But alas, his postings are more grim than glamorous. Luckily, Wilderness has a knack for doing well for himself even in the most unpromising postings, though this has gotten him into hot water in the past. A coffee-smuggling gig in divided Berlin was a steady money-maker but things went pear-shaped when he had to smuggle a spy back to the KGB instead. In the wake of what became an embarrassing disaster for MI6, Wilderness is reprimanded with a posting to remote northern Finland, under the guise of a cultural exchange program to promote Britain abroad. Bored by his work, with nothing to spy on, Wilderness finds another way to make money, this time by smuggling vodka across the rather porous border into the USSR. But there is something fishy about why Kostya has suddenly turned up in Finland—and MI6 intelligence from London points to a connection to the mining of cobalt in the region, a critical component in the casing of the atomic bomb.
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Shelves: sci-fi Bedouins travelling on what is -obviously- camels repeatedly through the same desert doesnt need pages. Not even, if they do it 3 times. Not so much. Everybody who reads this book will be absolutely certain, Marak is not mad. From the very start. So, why insist, hes battling insanity? Some persons, who -obviously- got to this world on some kind of starship and manipulate the world via nanotech force the entire native population to a month-long trek through the desert?
The Ila. Oh, thank you very much Giving up. Right here. While it started off well, with the intriguing mystery of the call that pulled the various disparate travellers across the desert, the explanations that were offered midway through the story were less than satisfactory.
Given the technological advances available to the visitors who presumably were able to ward off the planet wide catastrophes, why was it necessary to compel the planetary population to migrate across the forbidding desert? And the descriptions of the difficulties of desert travel start to pall after a while. The first odd pages flew by in what seemed an instant.
Then it got repetetive. The urgency was lost. I was sad. Dec 06, Jacob rated it really liked it I adore C. Hammerfall has many similarities, but is a much different work. In the book, Marak Trin Tain is a desert raider, and would be revolutionary, who finds himself in an unlikely alliance with his former nemesis as his madness barely allows him to function in the world.
Both he and the God-Queen Ila are searching for the source of this madness and Marak discovers it with her material assistance. It is no fast-paced, action-packed space opera. But if you like well-fleshed out worlds, lean desert warriors, and constant, unresolvable tension then this is your book. Not quite the literary quality of Dune, and admittedly I slowed down in the last half of the book, but still well worth the read. Solid 4 stars.
It started out well enough and drew me immediately into the mystery of the "mad", but once the answer to the riddle was delivered, the story fell apart. Despite pages and pages of desert danger it was really boring. I found myself skipping pages and pages of the book to get to the part that actually advanced the story line.
I think she also missed opportunity to flesh out Cherryh is a fantastic writer but this is not one of her best works. I think she also missed opportunity to flesh out characters and relationships. In most cases she simply threw people into the story and told us how great they were instead of taking the time to show us. Considering the amount of filler in the book, it could have been put to better use.
HAMMERFALL – Legacy Of Kings
Pass the Trial of Blood. Pass the Crypt of Lucian. Pass the Line of Anguish. Speak to Malady, and she will remind you that your purpose here in Arx is to kill Dallis. She suggests that you start searching for her amongst the local Divine Order.
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