By Lois McMaster Bujold

If his enemies might simply depart him on my own, Miles Vorkosigan (alias Admiral Naismith) made up our minds bitterly, the Dendarii loose Mercenary Fleet might cave in all by itself. yet his enemies have been plotting a extra lethal fall.

For a few unexplained cause the Dendarii payroll is lacking and the orders from the Barrayaran Imperial Command are being not on time through Miles's more desirable, Captain Galeni. What connects the impeccable unbearable Captain Galeni and the Komarran insurgent expatriates in the world besides? however the most threatening query of all ahead of Miles is extra own: are Miles's identities, Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii and Lieutenant Lord Vorkosigan of Barrayar, splitting aside alongside the traces of his divided loyalties? And who's attempting to assassinate which model of him?

whilst Miles unravels the solutions, then the problems rather begin.

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Rattling. the way it all comes again. If we will locate Galen back, once you enable him slip via your hands," Destang's eyes fell with no prefer on Galeni, "accidentally or differently, we will take him again to Barrayar to respond to for that bloody morning if not anything else. I want he can be made to respond to for all of it, yet there isn't adequate of him to head round. just like Mad Emperor Yuri. " "A laudable plan, sir," stated Miles rigorously. Galeni had his jaw clamped close, no aid there. "But there are a dozen Komarran ex-rebels on the earth with pasts simply as bloody as Ser Galen's. Now that he is been uncovered, he is not more chance to us than they're. " "They've been inactive for years," stated Destang. "Galen, essentially, has been rather the opposite. " "But in case you are considering an unlawful kidnapping, it may harm our diplomatic family members with Earth. Is it worthy it? " "Permanent justice is easily worthy a short lived angry protest, i will guarantee you, Lieutenant. " Galen was once useless meat to Destang. good, and so. "On what grounds might you kidnap my– clone, then, sir? he is by no means dedicated against the law on Barrayar. he is by no means even been to Barrayar. " close up, Miles! Ivan, with a glance of accelerating alarm on his face, mouthed silently from at the back of Destang. you do not argue with a commodore! Miles overlooked him. "The destiny of my clone issues me heavily, sir. " "I can think. i am hoping we will cast off the chance of extra confusion among you quickly. " Miles was hoping that did not suggest what he concept it did. If he needed to derail Destang . . . "There's no probability of bewilderment, sir. an easy scientific experiment can inform the adaptation among us. His bones are general, mine are usually not. by means of what cost or declare can we have to any extent further curiosity in him? " "Treason, in fact. Conspiracy opposed to the Imperium. " the second one half being demonstrably actual, Miles focused on the 1st half. "Treason? He used to be born on Jackson's entire. he isn't an Imperial topic through conquest or fatherland. To cost him with treason," Miles took a breath, "you needs to enable him to be an Imperial topic by means of blood. And if he is that, he is that each one the best way, a lord of the Vor with all of the rights of his rank together with trial by means of his peers–the Council of Counts in complete consultation. " Destang's brows rose. "Would he imagine to try such an outre safeguard? " If he did not, i might aspect it out to him. "Why no longer? " "Thank you, Lieutenant. that is a worry I had now not thought of. " Destang regarded considerate certainly, and more and more steely. Miles's plan to persuade Destang that letting the clone move was once his personal proposal appeared to be slipping dangerously retrograde. He needed to know–"Do you spot assassination as an choice, sir? " "A compelling one. " Destang's backbone straightened decisively. "There can be a felony challenge, right here, sir. both he isn't an Imperial topic, and we don't have any declare on him within the first position, or he's, and the whole security of Imperial legislations may still follow to him. In both case, his homicide would–" Miles moistened his lips; Galeni, who by myself knew the place he was once heading, close his eyes like a guy staring at an coincidence approximately to occur, "be a felony order.

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