About the Author
Poul Anderson (1926¿2001) grew up bilingual in a Danish American family. After earning a physics degree at the University of Minnesota, he found writing science fiction more satisfactory. Admired for his "hard" science fiction, mysteries, and historical novels, he was responsible for classic books like The Broken Sword and Brain Wave. A founder of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, he became a Grand Master, and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book featuring Dominic Flandry, featuring three stories detailing the exploits of the Terran intelligence agent. Flandry has been described as an "interstellar James Bond", but since Flandry as a character predates Bond, I prefer to describe Bond as an earth-bound Flandry. The three stories here are all well-executed space opera tales, but seem to be somewhat dissatisfying when combined together.Each of the stories features Flandry investigating some remote part of the Terran Empire, uncovering a secret threat, having to go on the run to avoid capture, and his eventual solution to the problem posed. Two are set on worlds where an abundance of water plays an element, which was a plot point in Ensign Flandry. Each of the stories is different enough to hold your attention, and are quite good, but strung together one sort of gets the impression that Flandry gets all the wet assignments, and could probably use some lessons on not running afoul of local law enforcement before you can contact Earth.Still, Flandry is one of the great space opera characters, and these stories are great space opera despite the minor flaws.