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Ensign Flandry by Poul Anderson
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Ensign Flandry (original 1966; edition 2003)

by Poul Anderson (Author)

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An omnibus of three Flandry adventures featuring the sophisticated, tough and charismatic agent of Terran, Dominic Flandry,
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Title:Ensign Flandry
Authors:Poul Anderson (Author)
Info:I Books (2003), Edition: New Ed, 208 pages
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This is the first in chronological order (not writing order) of the Flandry stories about a dashing agent of a corrupt decaying Terran Empire trying to stave off collapse and more particularly the Merseians, an aggressive reptilian/humanoid feudal but technologically advanced culture. In this book, Flandry is an inexperienced young Ensign in the Terran space navy, originally a pilot, not a spy. He helps the landbased Tigery alien culture of the planet Starkad old off the sea-based "Seatroll" people who are backed by the Merseians, and then is drawn into attempts to negotiate a settlement of the conflict led by Hauksberg, an ambitious high-ranking Terran imperial politician who believes in reconciliation not only on Starkad but with the Merseians overall, a view not shared by Flandry or his mentor Abrams, a neoIsraeli Terran intelligence officer. There are echoes of the later Cold War period in which the story was written, but the rival Starkadian cultures are vividly described, as usual for Anderson, and even the Merseian leader is portrayed sympathetically. Ultimately, while on Hauksberg's futile mission to merseia, Flandry is able to retrieve information from a Terran/Merseian double agent and (aided by Hauksberg's concubine Persis d'Io) escape with the data back to Starkad. Anderson later creates ink back to these events in later stories about the older Flandry: the two peoples from Starkad, now transported to Imhotep, appear in The Game of Empire, Persis's son by Flandry appears in a later story, and Flandry finally marries Abrams's daughter. ( )
1 vote antiquary | May 2, 2018 |
Early space opera, in the Captain Kirk vein. Holds up pretty well. ( )
1 vote Jon_Hansen | Sep 19, 2017 |
Space opera that's showing its age.
  BobH1 | May 24, 2013 |
Flandry is a character I have enjoyed since I first read, way back in the 70s. The right mix of daring do and introspection, set against a backdrop of a 'Roman Empire' in space. Written with Anderson's gift.

I will add that this must rank as one of the worst covers ever produced. Totally ridiculous, totally irrelevant to the stories inside, and seemingly designed to repeal any reader of sense and taste. ( )
1 vote Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
His name is Flandry, Ensign Flandry. After being shot down by enemy fire during a routine patro Flandry finds himself in the middle of the interstellar conflict between Terran Empire and Merseian Empire - conflict centered around a back-world planet of Starkad. Although he is facing some very cunning alien opponents can Flandry truly trust his own side?

Flandry is what most people expect from an action hero - strong, highly successful with ladies albeit shy, ready to jump into action whenever and wherever, very intelligent and able to perform very thorough analysis of situation using whatever is at his disposal. So is it surprising that he finds himself very soon working for the intelligence service of Terran Empire :)

Although he is very much like James Bond set in some distant future Flandry is by no means dull character - entire novel reads very fast and is very entertaining.

If you are into good old space opera, do not miss it.

Recommended. ( )
1 vote Zare | Dec 2, 2009 |
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Excerpts (with some expansion of symbols) from Pilot's Manual and Ephemeris, Cis-Betelgeusean Orionis Sector, 53rd ed., Reel III, frame 28:
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His Imperial Majesty, High Emperor Georgios Manuel Krishna Muraski, of the Want dynasty the fourth, Supreme Guardian of the Pax, Grand Director of the Stellar Council, Commander-in-Chief. Final Arbiter, acknowledged supreme on more worlds and honorary head of ore organizations than ony one man could remember, had a birthday.
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An omnibus of three Flandry adventures featuring the sophisticated, tough and charismatic agent of Terran, Dominic Flandry,

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Introducing...Dominic Flandry
Before he's through he;ll have saved worlds and become the confidante of emperors. But for now he's seventeen years old, as fresh and brash a sprig of the mobility as you would care to know. the only things as damp as the place behind his ears is the ink on his brand-new commission.
Though through this and his succeeding adventures he will struggle gloriously and win (usually) mighty victories, Dominic Flandry is essentially a tragic figure: a man who knows too much, who knows that battle, scheme and even betray as he will, in the end it will mean nothing. for with the relentlessness of physical law the Long Night approaches. the Terran Empire is dying...
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