White Moon, Red Dragon (Chung Kuo, Bk. 6.)

By David Wingrove

The centuries-long rule of the Seven T'ang is threatened by way of the go back of the supposedly useless DeVore, a insurgent chief and the archenemy of the T'ang dynasty, a scenario that forces the youngest of the kings to forge a terrifying alliance.

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I will see it even now. yet that doesn’t subject. What does subject is that we don’t allow it get within the method of items. ” “I don’t see—” He raised one faded, skinny hand, interrupting her. “There are going to be adjustments. ” She stared on the darkish leather-based band approximately his wrist. On it used to be a duplicate of the emblem he wore on a silver chain approximately his neck. A pass inside a circle. “Changes? ” His smile evaporated. The eyes have been brutal now. “It’s already occurring. A purge. these we can’t belief. I ordered it. ” “You …” She fell silent, figuring out. He’d had Chou Te-hsing killed. convinced, and all his deputies. All other than her. She regarded up, assembly his eyes. “Why? ” “Because it was once time. We have been drifting. we would have liked a brand new course. Chou had no proposal. He needed to cross. ” She nodded, no longer simply because she agreed, yet simply because she observed all of it basically now—saw why he’d pressed to have his males positioned in key strategic positions; why he’d held his tongue within the final council assembly whilst Chou had spelled out the recent software. You deliberate this, she concept, all of her instincts in regards to the guy proven right away. He’d identified then that it didn’t topic what Chou acknowledged or didn’t say at that assembly; knew then that, come this morning, Chou will be lifeless, his energy base within the Black Hand destroyed. Pasek had taken over. He was once the Black Hand. “What do you need? ” His hand went to the go placing approximately his neck. “I wish you to hitch us. develop into one of many sealed. ” She made to reply to him, yet he spoke over her. “Oh, i do know you don’t think. That doesn’t topic. now not now, besides. immediately what concerns is that we consolidate. ensure the Hand doesn’t tear itself aside. There’ll be loads of unwell feeling. Chou had loads of aid at grass roots point. humans revered him. Wrongly, because it seems, yet that’s through the by means of. As for you, Rachel, you’re revered too. Rightly so. I’ve watched you for a very long time and that i like what I’ve visible. There are not any illusions approximately you. You get on with issues. It’s as though you’ve noticeable all of it ahead of. not anything shocks you. Even this. I observed how speedy you understood how issues stood—how fast you permitted them, and that i like that. I’d be sorry to lose you. ” She felt a faint shiver, no longer of worry, yet of aversion, ripple via her. “So that’s it, is it? I subscribe to you—become one of many sealed—or I die? ” He shook his head. “If I’d sought after you useless, you’d be useless. No. It should be your selection. when you pick out to not paintings with me you could cross into exile. Africa, perhaps. Or Asia. ” “And if I remain? ” “You get to aid formulate coverage. ” She laughed, astonished, then frowned, looking out his eyes for a few form of rationalization. “I don’t get it. i would like what Chou sought after. ” “No. I’ve watched you at these conferences. I’ve obvious the doubt on your face, the disappointment at a number of the judgements. you will want what i would like. no longer it all, yet adequate for us to interact. To make the Black Hand not only one other shitty little faction yet a really very important strength. A strength for switch. you will have that. i do know you do. I’ve noticeable it on your eyes. ” Emily regarded away. It used to be precise.

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