A Talent For War (Alex Benedict, Book 1) by Jack McDevitt

By Jack McDevitt

The acclaimed vintage novel and fan favorite—the far-future tale of 1 man's quest to find the reality at the back of a galactic battle hero.

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Your leave," Pyanfar murmured, set her drink down, and stood up. She bowed, as carefully and formally as ever before the leadership in the han. She kept her ears up and w. c bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. 0 bu y rm er Y F T ra n sf o ABB PD er Y her face calm as she glanced aside to their handling of Jik, and looked again to Sikkukkut for instruction. He waved his hand again. A second time she bowed, and walked out the door, into the dim corridor outside, into the presence of lesser kif who gave way to someone of her evident status, who edged out of her path, lowered their faces and made themselves shadows against the walls and the conduits.

Haven't got time. We're moving. Going to Meetpoint. You're going to have to ride it out where you are. I'm sorry about that, but we haven't got another cabin we can reach till we undock. " He was quiet a heartbeat or two. Then: "Pyanfar-" "I got a question for you. I want to know what we're headed into. " A silent panic crept into his eyes. He lifted his head and let it fall back against the pillow, still staring at her. " "/ need to know, friend. For your sake, for that ship of yours, gods know, for mine.

That was all. "Gods rot you-" She snatched the paper from her pocket and waved it in his face. "What's this thing mean? " And when his mouth only clamped the tighter: "Jik-" w. c bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. " Quietly. With full self-possession. And when she lost the breath to shout with: "Damn miserable, Pyanfar, damn ridic'lous situation, you and me. You come get me. Now what we do? " She took the paper and folded it, absorbed in that meticulous task. "You got too good heart deal with kif," Jik said.

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