For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds. Now Sigmund is pulling the strings...
Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and potential - and imaginary - of foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?
He may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies. Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth's traitors and adversaries, even after the race he represents abruptly vanishes from Known Space.
As a paranoid, Sigmund had always known things would end horribly for him. Only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all had eluded him. That fog has begun to lift...
But even Sigmund has never imagined how far his investigations will take him - or that his destiny is entwined with the fates of worlds.
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Marvelously complex and fun
What a great story. Ausfeller turned out to be one of my favorite characters in Known Space books. The ups and downs of his story had me hooked.
I've been reading Larry Niven stories since the 1980s and his work is always the best. He is also one of the best collaborators around (for examples read any of the titles with Jerry Pournelle). Once again Niven tells a great story about the Puppeteers and the Humans of Known Space. I really liked how Niven and Edwards worked in some of the other tales and characters from Niven's short stories. This series has really been interesting to see things from the Puppeteer point of view.
Enjoy the story!
Everything that SF should be
I couldn't put it down. I loved getting into the crazy minds of these characters. Plenty of plot twists that I never expected.