By Poul Anderson
Flandry, the following a captain, undergoes a sequence of adventures: he's kidnapped through the Scothians, an alien race hoping to invade the Terran Empire; rescues the Emperor's abducted granddaughter; meets Aycharaych, his nemesis in league with the Merseians; and investigates a formerly unencountered alien race that has invaded the far away colonial international of Vixen.
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The smuggler had said it was a sign of happiness. ’ said Dom, switching off the warm air field and swinging himself off the bed. He saw the clothes laid out neatly on the stand, and bit his lip. The swamp ig, a neatly healed scar on his chest and a few painful memories of his interview with Korodore were all that remained of yesterday. Planetary Chairman. He’d own 3 per cent of the pilac industry, but on Sadhimist terms, and if you were a Sadhimist and rich you worked heavily to obscure the fact.
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Agent Of The Terran Empire (Ensign Flandry, Book 1) by Poul Anderson