By Donald Moffitt
The bold Sultan of Alpha Centauri can basically declare the illustrious identify of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the whole inhabitants of the better Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has now not but been in a position to conquer the numerous demanding situations awarded by means of interplanetary go back and forth. even though, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a shrewdpermanent fugitive with a value on his head and the legislations on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty advent to complicated physics and the much more advanced political intrigues of the Sultan's courtroom. accountable for the profitable execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the total sunlight process might be resting on his shoulders.
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Hamid-Jones said. " "No, you can't do us any good there—we know your posi-tion. " Musa spat on the floor; Christians had filthy habits. "The colonel keeps us on a short leash. " the bearded man burst out. "That's enough, Dris," Musa said. "They're our brothers in arms. " "You . . " Hamid-Jones said. Musa gave him a sardonic smile. "We go back a long way together. Even in the twelfth century, the Assassins made com-mon cause with the Christian Knights Templars against the reigning sultans. We were only infidels.
Meryem's not like the little pickpockets and street Christians you see around here. " "You can stop worrying, master. " Aziz took a sip of coffee, wincing as from pain. The landlady came in with a small dish of melon cut up into bite-size cubes for Aziz. He smiled wanly and thanked her. " she asked Hamid-Jones. "No . . " Ludmilla had told him she wouldn't see him tonight—she had a late performance and then a matinee the next day—but he had hopes of changing her mind if he showed up at the theater.
You have to go out early in the morning to wallow with your paradise girls! And before breakfast—the morning prayer, too! " "It's not paradise girls, master," Aziz protested. "That's all over. " "It's true, master. With a very respectable widow. We've done nothing more than hold hands. She's my rose, my treasure, my garden of delights. The reason I went over so early was to deliver her little boy to his first day at the mosque school. It takes a man for such things. He's seven and has no father, poor little tyke.
A Gathering of Stars (Book Two of the Mechanical Sky) by Donald Moffitt