The Armies of Memory

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Tom Doherty Associates, Mar 21, 2006 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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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User Review  - AwesomeAud - 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 ... Read full review


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Another adventure for troubadour-spy Giraut Leones of the Thousand Culture's Office of Special Plans—whose mission is to steer humanity down a path between war on the one hand and solipsistic retreat ... Read full review

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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

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John Barnes is the award-winning author of many SF novels, including Orbital Resonance, A Million Open Doors, and The Sky So Big and Black. With Buzz Aldrin, he wrote Encounter with Tiber and The Return. He lives in Colorado.

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