The Armies of Memory
Giraut Leones, special agent for the human Thousand Cultures' shadowy Office of Special Plans, is turning fifty--and someone is trying to kill him.
Giraut's had a long career; the number of entities that might want him dead is effectively limitless. But recently Giraut was approached by the Lost Legion, an Occitan underground linked to an alliance of illegally human-settled worlds beyond the frontier. Also, it turns out that the Lost Legion colony has a "psypyx" --a consciousness-recording--of Shan, onetime boss of the Office of Special Plans. If they have that, they have literally thousands of devastating secrets.
Now, returning to his native Nou Occitan, Giraut will encounter violence and treachery from human and artificial consciousnesses alike. As bigotry and mob violence erupt throughout the rapidly destabilizing interstellar situation, Giraut will be called on the make the ultimate sacrifice, for the sake of civilization itself...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The conclusion of a four-book series that takes place over thirty years. It's been a long time since I've read the earlier books, and I struggled through the first few chapters, and never really got comfortable with the backstory. I'm not sure whether that says something about me or the writing. Giraut is a musician and an agent of the Thousand Cultures government. During the first half of the books we alternate assassination attempts with his emotional and artistic highs and lows. During the second half of the book, the 'enemy' does a lot of explaining about why they're not really an enemy. Then it's all hearts and flowers. Sort of. A bit of a twist at the end, but I don't think it makes much sense. So overall, I'm disappointed with this book.
Review: The Armies of Memory (Giraut #4)User Review - Goodreads
Barnes kind of runs out of things to have happen before he runs out of story, so the last third or so of the book is a kind of dull exposition, but it's still set in a fascinating universe that has ...
Part One The Diversification of Its Fancy
Part Two Scribblers and Madmen
Part Three The Little White Nerves Went Last
Part Four Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Acknowledgment and a Word about the Usual Autobiographical Note