Conventions of War by Walter Jon Williams
By Walter Jon Williams
The universe has fallen into bloody chaos now that the dread empire of the tyrannical Shaa is not any extra -- on the mercy of the cruel insectoid Naxid, who now starvation for domination. however the far-flung human descendants of Terra have ultimately tasted liberty, and their warrior heroes won't post. Separated by way of light-years, Lord Gareth Martinez and the mysterious guerrilla fighter Caroline Sula each one pursue a special street to victory in tomorrow's final conflict -- for the recent order may be way more bad than the outdated ... until one final, determined stratagem can carry a shattered galaxy jointly.
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You must let me give you dinner at my club,” he said. Sula dropped PJ’s arm and indicated her gray coveralls. “We’re not exactly dressed for it, PJ,” she said. He touched his little mustache. ” Sula felt a nervous giggle ﬂutter like a butterﬂy in her abdomen. The jolt of adrenaline that had followed PJ’s CONVENTIONS OF WAR • 31 blurting of her name was followed by an equally powerful impulse to break the tension with laughter. “I don’t think you should be seen with us,” Sula said through her breaking smile.
She turned to PJ. “Go ahead of us, please. ” PJ was bemused but led the way. He passed his smoking club again and then crossed the boulevard, where he led them past the Makish Palace. Sula tried to amble casually along, and as she passed the palace she paused to shift her CONVENTIONS OF WAR • 33 toolbox from one hand to the next. She paid as much attention to the abandoned palace next door as she did to her target. From the name inscribed in a sunburst over the doorway, Orghoder, Sula assumed the empty building had been built by a Torminel clan.
PJ had recovered his equilibrium somewhat, and the reﬂexes of a man of fashion came to the fore. “You must let me give you dinner at my club,” he said. Sula dropped PJ’s arm and indicated her gray coveralls. “We’re not exactly dressed for it, PJ,” she said. He touched his little mustache. ” Sula felt a nervous giggle ﬂutter like a butterﬂy in her abdomen. The jolt of adrenaline that had followed PJ’s CONVENTIONS OF WAR • 31 blurting of her name was followed by an equally powerful impulse to break the tension with laughter.