Alain Cheney is one of the best telepathic agents in the TIA's arsenal. For 14 years he's been loyal and dependable. But now that he's showing symptoms of the instability, the Agency decides to eliminate him--and just when a secret development occurs that could change the future of the inhabited galaxy.
To survive, Alain must find safety somewhere. But he can't trust his enemies, and certainly not his friends....
Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place, he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?
But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn--in the desert, in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces, and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk.
And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him ....
Polly! is the proud recipient of the Awesome Indies Badge of Approval.
But the tsar
has been in a coma for five years now, and his grand-niece, the only
apparent heir, is only 14 years old. In this hour of crisis, the task of
preserving the Empire falls to two untrained--but far from
unskilled--agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service. Can
they make a difference against the vast forces arrayed against them?
This is Volume IV of the Parsina Saga, concluding a journey
through a world of djinni, flying carpets and high adventure in exotic
realms -- with the fate of the world at stake.
The Imperial Stars is the first book in the "Family D'Alembert" series.