By Eric Flint, David Drake,
Purely 3 issues stand among the Malwa and the conquest of Earth: Byzantium, the empire of Rome within the East; a crystal that urges mankind to struggle; and Belisarius, basic of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever recognized.
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The general rose to his feet and walked about, accompanying his words with stiff little gestures. “It will work as follows. Michael will quietly rally the common folk to our side. Cassian, you will serve as our intriguer within the church. Sittas, once he is brought into our conspiracy, will serve as our intriguer within the imperial court and the nobility. Unlike me, he is of the most impeccable aristocratic lineage. ” He stopped, gazed down at Antonina. “And Antonina will be the center of it all.
Firuz had demanded the parley. And then, at the parley, demanded that the Romans dismantle the fortress which Belisarius’ army had almost completed. Or he would dismantle it for them. Such, at least, had been the essence of the demand. But Firuz had insisted on conveying the demand in the most offensive manner possible. He had boasted of his own martial prowess and sneered at that of the Romans. ) He had dwelt lovingly on the full-bellied vultures which would soon be the caskets of Roman troops—assuming, of course, that the carrion-eaters were hungry enough to feed on such foul meat.
Stunned. ” Belisarius took a seat at the large table in the middle of the tent. Bouzes and Coutzes remained standing. A few minutes later, Maurice reappeared, along with Valentinian. Valentinian was pushing a Persian soldier ahead of him. The Persian’s wrists were bound behind his back. By his dress and accouterments, Belisarius thought the Persian to be a midlevel officer. Valentinian forced the Mede into a chair. Exhibiting the usual Persian courage, the officer’s face remained still and composed.
An Oblique Approach by Eric Flint, David Drake,