An Oblique Approach by Eric Flint, David Drake,

By Eric Flint, David Drake,

Simply 3 issues stand among the Malwa and the conquest of Earth: Byzantium, the empire of Rome within the East; a crystal that urges mankind to struggle; and Belisarius, common of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever recognized.

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For a moment, Belisarius considered interrogating the officer in his own language. Belisarius was fluent in Pallavi, as he was in several languages. But he decided against it. Bouzes and Coutzes, he suspected, were ignorant of the Persian language, and it was important that they be able to follow the interrogation. By the richness of his garb, the Persian was obviously from the aristocracy. His Greek would therefore be fluent, since—in one of those little historical ironies—Greek was the court language of the Sassanid dynasty.

I will hire him at once. ” After Cassian and Michael left, Belisarius sat by his wife and took her hand. His voice was still calm, and still unyielding, but very gentle. “I am sorry, love. But it is the only course I can see which will be safe. I know how much pain it will cause, to have people say such things about you, but—” Antonina’s laugh was as harsh as a crow’s. “Me? ” She turned her head and looked him in the eyes. ” Her husband said nothing, nor was there anything but love in his eyes.

Belisarius waved his hand. “But we are getting side-tracked. Later, I would be interested in hearing more from you regarding Justinian’s western ambitions. But not now. And you are mistaking my question. I was not asking if we needed to keep our conspiracy secret from Justinian. Obviously, if we conspire, we must do so. The question is: do we need to conspire at all? Can we not simply bring him into our confidence? ” Antonina drew in a sharp breath. Cassian glanced at her and shook his head. “No.

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