In a world renowned, even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime occurs within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight and a search for the one, maybe two, people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.
Only the sister is not what she once was. Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity, and her particular set of abilities, might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.
Really terrific - the whole of the new Culture novel. The reader has just the right dry, sardonic tone.
Very good audiobook
I've been listening to this in the car and really enjoying it - I'm not the biggest sci-fi fan in the world, but the story really is fantastic, and carries you along.
If you think this stuff is good check out his back catalogue under the pseudonym Ian Banks, his 1st was The Wasp Factory (a classic!!), and I can't remember the title of it but he predicted the advent of Facebook (Humans sitting with glass bowls over their heads connected to the net).
Basically a modern version of 1984 (If anyone know which book I'm talking about pls tell me so I can find it on my bookshelf again!)
(I've read EVERYTHING he's ever written and altho I don't like Sci-fi stuff, Player of Games, Pheersum Engyn are the two that spring to mind as greats!!) Not sure about audio, I wanna read it, however got such a long list of books I gotta read for school figure maybe I could give it a go!!!