By Eric Flint, David Drake,

Purely 3 issues stand among the Malwa and the conquest of Earth: Byzantium, the empire of Rome within the East; a crystal that urges mankind to struggle; and Belisarius, normal of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever identified.

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Again, the Mede’s answer came with no hesitation: “We have no more than four thousand infantry. ” “That’s the third lie,” said Belisarius, very mildly. “And the fourth. Firuz has ten thousand infantry. ” The Persian looked away, for a moment, but kept his face expressionless. Belisarius was impressed by the man’s courage. ” Bouzes nodded eagerly. “We can have him here in no time,” said Coutzes. The captured officer’s jaw was now very tight, but the man’s gaze was calm and level. ” demanded Belisarius.

He wasn’t afraid of Belisarius, but he knew when the general wasn’t to be budged. ” The general’s gaze was hard. “I’m serious about this, Maurice. Make certain the men understand my attitude. ” The general relented, slightly. “It’s not simply a matter of the conduct one expects from Christian soldiers, Maurice. If the men can’t understand that, then make sure they understand the practical side of it. You and I have both seen too many battles lost—or, at best, halfway won—because the troops got diverted at the critical moment.

Cassian glanced at her and shook his head. “No. Absolutely not. Justinian must know nothing. ” He made a rueful grimace. ” Belisarius seemed still unconvinced. Cassian pressed on. “Belisarius, have no delusions. Suppose we told Justinian. Suppose, further, that he accepted all that we told him. Suppose, even—and here I tread on fantastical ground—he did not suspect our motives. ” Belisarius hesitated. Antonina answered. “He would insist on placing himself at the head of our struggle. With all of his competence.

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