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eBook The Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (Signet) download ISBN: 0451150570
Author: Poul Anderson
Publisher: Roc; 1st Edition. edition (October 7, 1975)
Language: English
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Rating: 4.2
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Fantasy

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Читать онлайн - Anderson Poul. A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Poul Anderson I Every planet in the story is cold-even Terra, though Flandry came home on a warm evening of northern summer. There the chill was in the spirit. He felt a breath of it as he neared. Somehow, talk between him and his son had drifted to matters Imperial. They had avoided all such during their holiday. Terra itself had not likely reminded them.

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Poul Anderson, November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001 Poul Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to parents Anton and Astrid. After his father's death, Poul's mother took them first to Denmark and then to Maryland and Minnesota. He earned his degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota, but chose instead to write stories for science fiction magazines, such as "Astounding.

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Of course, there is a woman involved

Of course, there is a woman involved. This is mostly true, but this novel is a misfire-there is simply too much boring exposition about politics and the plot suffers. Like many of the previous novels, this one involves a plot by the Merseians and Aycharaych to disrupt the empire. Of course, there is a woman involved.

A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (1974). Homeward and Beyond (1975). A Stone in Heaven (1979). The Game of Empire (features a daughter of Flandry) (1985). The Best of Poul Anderson (1976). The Night Face & Other Stories (1979).

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Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 16 years ago. In "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows," Poul Anderson did the nearly impossible and unthinkable before this book.

A hint of trouble and the purchase of an aristocratic slave girl sent Flandry on a quick flight to Diomedes aboard his well-equipped spacer, Hooligan. As he suspected, there was a deadly plan for galaxy-wide insurrection and civil war that could blast the tottering Empire into its component planets. Published by Thriftbooks.

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Excellent story line, with charming nuances of moral corruption regretted. Chaste hero and heroine idealize the golden age of Sci-fi
It's amazing what a slight shift in venue can do. For those who have been following the Flandry adventures in their rough order, there's not a huge amount of difference between the very first one and the ones that make up the middle sequences. In his first story we get to watch him learn how to be Flandry, and then once he hits his stride he tends to coast on that in all the subsequent stories. He wants to wine and dine, the Long Night is constantly looming and Mersians are around every corner trying to make the Empire cave in on itself. What's a man to do when all he wants to do is wear some stylin' clothes? Despite all the serious espionaging going on, there's sometimes an oddly frivolous sense to these affairs, that both he and the Mersians are just going through their paces, confronting each other with bizarre death traps and scenarios to see who can blink first. Flandry schemes his way about of just another one and with a sigh heads off to find the next lovely woman or delicious meal.

But sometimes the stories cut a little bit deeper. It's that heavier philosophical foundation, a little more self-reflection, that mark the very good Flandry stories from the merely decent ones. "Ensign Flandry" is one, if only because its the innovator. "The Rebel Worlds" is another, showing what happens when Flandry decides to get as serious as the universe around him, and quits playing around. The stark inevitability of it all feels realer, the stakes slightly higher.

This is one of the better ones. We have an abrupt shift into the Latter Days of Flandry, where suddenly our old friend has a son (probably more than one, the book realistically admits, as Flandry is a fan of the ladies and there's rarely time to ponder about birth control . . . fortunately the future doesn't seem to have a way to compel child support) and a weight about him as he tries to avoid going on more missions, convinced that he's done all he can and further action isn't going to save anyone, the Long Night is coming and he's going to enjoy himself. Pity that duty is such a strong concept for him.

And so he's dragged on again, caught in yet another attempt by the Mersians to craft a revolution on another world and thus destabilize things further. All this would seem so routine if Anderson didn't make it seem all so final. Flandry seems to know going in that this is going to be his last major adventure and not only is there a sense of tidying up and clearing out loose ends, but Anderson is willing to push his character further than he has before. If this means making Flandry fall in love, then so be it, but the consequences wind up being high, and for once Flandry isn't playing around. A lot of the previous Flandry tales centered around the same status quo, where Flandry was unable to change anything but managed to hold off the Long Night for just one more day. Here, the Long Night may still be coming but he's going to make sure that some people aren't going to be around to see it.

That's where this one works for me. It may be slightly gimmicky in that sense, The One Where All the Big Stuff Happens, but after reading story after entertaining story with limited progression in the character or the setting, to have reached that stage where we can watch Anderson clear out the stuff that has outlived its usefulness is bracing in its way. Flandry crosses a line we didn't think he would cross and he does it so coldly that you almost miss how brutal it is. Then he follows up that act with one equally shocking, with the air of a man who's realized that he's devolved to the point where he's starting to derive personal satisfaction from what he can inflict, while simultaneously understanding that there's nothing to enjoy in this anymore. That's where Anderson succeeds, taking the scenario to its logical conclusion. We've seen arch-enemy Aycharaych and Flandry circle each other numerous times now, with neither gaining any ground. Here's ground gained forever.

Interestingly, I wonder if Anderson would have drawn parallels to today with Flandry. In their actions, the Mersians are often very polite terrorists, wanting to bring everything crashing down in the name of expansion, while the decadent Empire blunders on heedless, left to men like Flandry to keep the edges together. Anderson wrote this in the mid-seventies. Published today, it could be commentary, but back then it was merely paperback entertainment.

Yet, and this is where the book gains a lot of its power . . . for all the Big Stuff that occurs here, it means nothing in the long run. If the Flandry books have any magic for us in the annals of SF, it's that simultaneous ability to focus on both the long run and the personal. We feel for Flandry both as a man all too human in its delights and failings and pains, and we also feel for him as a man born in the wrong time, destined not to enjoy the fruits of exploration like David Falkayn, or even the Empire at its glorious height. Through no one's fault but fate, he gets to see just enough of the Empire to know how awesome it was, and clutch what he can of its rotting fruit before the whole artifice crumbles into oblivion. It's a rare skill for a series to combine both, even series that attempt to define that sweep require multiple characters and volumes (or just go for the big cosmic picture a la every Olaf Stapleton book, "Star Maker" especially), reminding how glorious it is to be alive but also never letting us forget that history is not on our side. It's that intersection that comes right at the end, doing what needs to be done even though you're fully aware it won't stop what's coming, but too angry to care. He acts with vengeance, and if such things are often lost in the tumble of history, that doesn't make those moments any less visceral when they happen, for Flandry or us. In here lies a man who lives in the moment, with an eye toward where we're all heading, and beyond. It's at this point that I think I finally appreciated how rare he is, and how necessary.
In "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows," Poul Anderson did the nearly impossible and unthinkable before this book. He managed to get Dominic Flandry to grow up.
Before this book, Flandry, while a brilliant secret agent for the Terran Empire, always was a bit juvenile, and reveled in it. He figured that if he was going to die soon anyway (as secret agents rarely live long lives), why not make the best of it? So, he slept with many lissome women, ate lots of good food, and drank lots of great liquor along the way.
His other attributes, of loyalty, self-sacrifice, intelligence, a certain type of shifty honesty unusual in a secret agent -- well, they always were underplayed, partly because Flandry was an interstellar James Bond and that might not have been "sexy," and partly because Flandry looked at them as bad qualities.
Well, no wonder. The Terran Empire was in decay, and only people like him were holding it together, before the advent of this book. At the start of this book, Hans Molitor has seized the throne -- with Flandry's blessing, as at least he was a strong military man, and as he was better than any of the other contenders for the throne. And trouble's brewing all over the Empire . . . .
Without the trouble, there's no way Flandry would have been able to go off on his own. He's now in his 40s, and although he's still an international bon vivant, he's not the same man he used to be. He's found out he has a son, Dominic Hazeltine, by Persis D'Io (the dancer in "Ensign Flandry), and he's starting to perhaps slow down a bit in his travels.
But his mind is as keen as ever, so when an exotic, aristocratic slave girl from Dennitza shows up, his interest is piqued. The more he finds out, the more upset he gets. Then, he flits off with her, to find out the truth -- which is more shattering than he ever expected.
He does run into Aycharaych again, but it's almost more of an afterthought. Because before this book is done, his life stands in ruin, and about all he has left is his honor, pride, and a job well done -- rather than the life he'd briefly glimpsed in the eyes of Kossara, the Dennitzan slave girl (who never should have been sold for slavery).
As he destroys Aycharaych, he realizes that nothing, but nothing, can bring back love -- and wonders what's next for him. These are astonishingly adult thoughts for Flandry, and extremely moving.
This book deserves over five stars because of how moving and heart-wrenching it is for Flandry to go through all this. I truly believed in his pain, while enjoying his witty repartee with Chives (his Shalmuan body-servant/cook/batman/everything), Kossara, and son Dominic. Flandry is no intellectual lightweight, and he really does have a heart. Excellent book; truly one of Anderson's best (and I've read most of his output).
Btw, "A Stone in Heaven" is also another great book about Flandry in his age -- I recommend that one, too, extremely highly.
In his never-ending battle to hold back the Long Night that faces the crumbling empire, Sir Dominic Flandry investigates a planetary system where some sort of intrigue threatens unity. The intrigue turns out to be more than a local incident, but a major threat to the empire from the reptilian Mereians which seeks to weaken the empire for future war. Good story. Great finish from one of the best of the science fiction fraternity of writers
from the back cover of the 1975 Signet edition

The Terran Empire was crumbling -

And it required the remarkable talents of Sir Dominic Flandry, bon vivant and universal troubleshooter, to put the pieces back together. A hint of trouble and the purchase of an aristocratic slave girl sent Flandry on a quick flight to Diomedes aboard his well-equipped spacer, Hooligan. As he suspected, there was a deadly plan for galaxy-wide insurrection and civil war that could blast the tottering Empire into its component planets. Time was running out, and only Dominic Flandry, half a universe away, had the knowledge to prevent an explosion which could spark the beginning of the end for Terran civilization...
Part of the Imperial Terra series, which takes place after the
Polysotechnic League, Dominic Flandry is an agent of Naval Intelligence
during the last days of the Empire. While the rest of humanity enjoy their
prosperity, ignoring the catastrophe to come, Flandry schemes and fights
across space to hold the dike in place again the coming of the younger,
more vital cultures