Better to Beg Forgiveness . . . by Michael Z. Williamson

By Michael Z. Williamson

Celadon, a bad kingdom on a bad planet, engaged in civil battle and a haven for all types of villainy in area, is ripe for cleanup. the army might pacify it handily, however it might take a statesman to mend it. yet a few statesmen have ethics, which politicians and megacorps locate inconvenient. President Bishwanath compounded the sin via being astute, bold and able. anything needed to be performed, simply because a operating state is not a lot use for red meat and graft.                whilst the notice comes down that he's lifeless, the politicians movement on with a brand new plan, re-allocating assets, and discovering a brand new, extra pliable president to install position.                There are 3 issues of this answer. Bishwanath isn't really lifeless. His mercenary bodyguards are extra unswerving than the politicians. And if they don't seem to be on agreement, there aren't any ideas.

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His own stare was confident and arrogant without being cocky. He was too experienced to be twitted, and seemed to like the sparring. " Aramis didn't respond. Any response would escalate things and get nowhere. Alex did nothing, but waited to see if it would die there. It did. "Recon is good, has a mission, and is keen on doing it. That's the best we can hope for. We're taking two vehicles for us, and will be together. I plan on fifth and sixth position on the way there; we'll randomize on the way back.

Bart asked. "Nope, this is a civilian mission. We'll all be in civvies. " Bart asked. "If we are being discreet, we can't wear them. If we are in public, we can't wear them. " "Well, just in case we do find a need, we have them," Alex said. "I won't require anyone to wear them, but do have them here. " "I'm wearing it now," she said. "And I still look like a girl. " "No, just personal choice in coverage. This will work. I have three small distractions in my pockets," she said, and slipped one out.

Ah, Agent Marlow. Doug deWitt, BuState," the man said, offering his hand. Alex looked him over. He was tall, balding, and had a no-nonsense presence and was possibly former military. "Good to meet you, sir. " DeWitt smiled. "I'd give you a list of people to shoot, but if you actually did it, my ass would be in a bind. " "That, sir, will be very much appreciated. " "Suit yourself. " DeWitt was a serious pacer. Back and forth between one of the couches and the coffee table, sideways to face his audience, he never stopped moving.

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