A Vietnam veteran idling away his time on the Isle du Levant, Oscar's eye is caught by the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, sleekly muscled and with regal bearing. When she offers him a job with great adventure and great risk he blindly accepts, little realizing just what an incredible... read more
Cyril "EC" Gordon just got discharged from the Vietnam War and is considering what to do with his future. He sees and ad which asks: "Are you a coward?" He responds to the add and finds out that the placer of the ad is a person he knows and goes by the name of Star. Star asks Gordon if he... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Cyril "EC" Gordon just got discharged from the Vietnam War and is considering what to do with his future. He sees and ad which asks: "Are you a coward?" He responds to the add and finds out that the placer of the ad is a person he knows and goes by the name of Star. Star asks Gordon if he would help her for her quest to retrieve the Egg of the Phoenix.
Here begins the adventure which involves sword fights, dragons, minotaurs and other swashbuckling adventure. Star and the renamed "Oscar" Gordon later get married. The climax of the adventure is reached when Oscar defeats the Eater of Souls and recaptures the Egg.
Star brings Oscar to her universe, one of twenty universes she rules. She reveals that the Egg is a device that contains all the memories of previous empresses. Despite his new found fame and fortune, Oscar grows restless and returns home to Earth. Here he grows unsettled and starts to doubt whether the whole thing ever happened. The book ends with Rufo, Star's cohort , contacting him for another adventure.
“I know, as the prime lesson of my profession, that good intentions are the source of more folly than all other causes put together.”
“Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things — ways that work but often we don't know why.”
“An insult is like a drink; it affects one only if accepted. And pride is too heavy baggage for my journey; I have none.”
“Military policy is like cancer: Nobody knows where it comes from but it can't be ignored.”
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