By Poul Anderson
Flandry, the following a captain, undergoes a chain of adventures: he's kidnapped via 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-off colonial global of Vixen.
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Which is where the butte comes in,” McKay said. “Exactly,” Silva answered. “So, start walking. I want your company at the foot of that butte ASAP. If there’s a path to the top I want you to find it and follow it. ” There was a loudbang as one of the first company’s rocket jockeys fired her M19 SSM man-portable launcher, blew the incoming Banshee out of the sky, and a put a period to Silva’s sentence. The battalion cheered as the Banshee bits dribbled smoke and wobbled out of the sky. “Sir, yes sir,” McKay answered.
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Agent Of The Terran Empire (Ensign Flandry, Book 1) by Poul Anderson