Agent of Byzantium

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Open Road Integrated Media, Incorporated, May 29, 2018 - Fiction - 308 pages
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A dashing master spy takes on the enemies of the Byzantine Empire and discovers impossible inventions like gunpowder and telescopes in a magnificent romp from the maestro of alternate-history science fiction

In another, very different timeline--one in which Mohammed embraced Christianity and Islam never came to be--the Byzantine Empire still flourishes in the fourteenth century, and wondrous technologies are emerging earlier than they did in our own. Having lost his family to the ravages of smallpox, Basil Argyros has decided to dedicate his life to Byzantium. A stalwart soldier and able secret agent, Basil serves his emperor courageously, going undercover to unearth Persia's dastardly plots and disrupting the dark machinations of his beautiful archenemy, the Persian spy Mirrane, while defusing dire threats emerging from the Western realm of the Franco-Saxons. But the world Basil so staunchly defends is changing rapidly, and he must remain ever vigilant, for in this great game of empires, the player who controls the most advanced tools and weaponry--tools like gunpowder, printing, vaccines, and telescopes--must certainly emerge victorious.

A collection of interlocking stories that showcase the courage, ingenuity, and breathtaking derring-do of superspy Basil Argyros, Agent of Byzantium presents the great Harry Turtledove at his alternate-world-building best. At once intricate, exciting, witty, and wildly inventive, this is a many-faceted gem from a master of the genre.

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User Review  - Karlstar - LibraryThing

One of my favorite Turtledove novels. It is a little less fantasy and more historical fiction, but he created a very believable Byzantium. The setting and characters are excellent. I put this up there with his early Videssos books for quality. Read full review

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User Review  - agingcow2345 - LibraryThing

Some things do not age well. I had enjoyed these stories back when originally published and decided to purchase the collection as a classic. On rereading they come off as shallow formula stories with ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Harry Turtledove is an American novelist of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy. Publishers Weekly has called him the "master of alternate history," and he is best known for his work in that genre. Some of his most popular titles include The Guns of the South, the novels of the Worldwar series, and the books in the Great War trilogy. In addition to many other honors and nominations, Turtledove has received the Hugo Award, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the Prometheus Award. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a PhD in Byzantine history. Turtledove is married to mystery writer Laura Frankos, and together they have three daughters. The family lives in Southern California.

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