By Donald Moffitt
The bold Sultan of Alpha Centauri can basically declare the illustrious name of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the whole inhabitants of the larger Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has now not but been capable of triumph over the numerous demanding situations offered via interplanetary commute. in spite of the fact that, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a smart fugitive with a cost on his head and the legislation on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty advent to complicated physics and the much more complicated political intrigues of the Sultan's court docket. liable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the whole sunlight method can be resting on his shoulders.
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But I was there! I fought with the Beni al-Rub! They'd never switch loyalties! " "Being there may have clouded your judgment. We can't trust anybody. That's the name of the game. How do we know where al-Sharq's allegiances might lie once he took over the throne? ' The sheik of the Beni Akhdar's already given certain assurances to our agents. " "Oh, they'd say anything to get money and arms. " The colo-nel's eyes glittered under his bushy brows. "Stir things up, spill a little blood. Doesn't matter whose blood it is, in the long run.
Follow her around like a starved dog. It won't hurt to roll your eyes a lot, either. Try to look as if you're in pain. Mrs. " Hamid-Jones had asked. "She doesn't have one of her own. Her husband subscribes to a eunuch service. They take their clients on outings at a group rate. As you can imagine, they're not very strict. They have to please the customers. And that's the women. The men don't know anything. Except that they're saving money. Women like Mrs. Awad pout a lot for the benefit of their husbands and com-plain about being prisoners.
And by fighting with the desert Arabs—yes, we know about that, too. " "Then . . " The three exchanged glances. It was Musa who spoke. "We want you to spy on the Sultan for us. " "We haven't been able to place one of our own," Tawfiq amplified. " Hamid-Jones was appalled. "The Sultan is my host and benefactor—yours, too! " Tawfiq spat. " "The Sultan is a ruthless man. You don't rule three suns without being ruthless. He'll do anything to win the Caliphate. " "Is it? Genocide's been around a long time in human affairs.
A Gathering of Stars (Book Two of the Mechanical Sky) by Donald Moffitt