By David Drake, William C. Dietz
Their best hour, or their ultimate days...
The first Empire has entered what could possibly be its final predicament: the Emperor is lifeless through assassination and has left an little one inheritor. Worse, the imperial mystique is yet a fading reminiscence: not anyone believes in empire anymore. certainly no one believes in a lot of something past the limits of self. There are exceptions, after all, and to these few falls the self-appointed accountability of protecting a military-civil order that's corrupt, despotic - and infinitely most popular to the barbarous chaos that might accompany its fall.
One such is Command Anson Merikur.
This is his tale
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He contemplated the creatures and the landscape beyond, and noticed two cows on their sides still further away. He watched them for a minute or two to make sure there was no movement, and then turned and walked thoughtfully back to the road. 'Sergeant Decker,' he called. The sergeant came over, and saluted. ' The sergeant blinked. ' he asked, uneasily. 'Well, I suppose a budgerigar would do as well. There ought to be some in Oppley. You'd better take the jeep. ' 'I – er ' 'Cut along now, Sergeant.
Responded Ferrelyn, rather as if it were an answer. After a considerate interval Gordon Zellaby remarked: 'We, also, are all right, we believe, though bewildered. We are also somewhat chilled. ' Alan seemed to become aware of them for the first time. 'The – ' he began, and then broke off as the lights came on. 'Goodoh,' he said. ' And departed, towing Ferrelyn after him. ' "Hot drinks in a jiffy," ' murmured Zellaby. ' * And so, when we came down to breakfast, eight miles away, it was to be greeted with the news that Colonel Westcott had gone out a couple of hours before; and that Midwich was as near awake again as was natural to it.
That's me,' Janet agreed as we left. * HQ had been established a little back from the affected area, on the Oppley road. At the policeblock Bernard produced a pass which earned him a salute from the constable on duty, and we passed through without further trouble. A very young threepipper sitting forlornly in a tent brightened up at our arrival, and decided that as Colonel Latcher was out inspecting the lines it was his duty to put us in the picture. The cagedbirds had now, it seemed, finished their job, and been returned to their doting and reluctantly publicspirited owners.
Cluster Command (Crisis of Empire, Book 2) by David Drake, William C. Dietz