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By Iain M. Banks

ISBN-10: 034910171X

ISBN-13: 9780349101712

Hisako Onoda, global recognized cellist, refuses to fly. And so she travels to Europe as a passenger on a tanker certain during the Panama Canal. yet Panama is a rustic whose politics are as unstable because the neighborhood freedom combatants. whilst Hisako's send is captured, it isn't lengthy prior to the ambience is as flammable as an oxy-acetylene torch, and the strain as sharp because the spike on her cello. CANAL desires is a singular of misleading simplicity and darkish, unique strength: stark mental insights mesh with vividly realised eventualities in an ominous projection of worldwide realpolitik. the result's one more significant landmark within the particularly amazing occupation of a superb sleek novelist.

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But it wasn't what we saw. It all started at once, and I didn't hear any jets. ' Broekman laughed, clasped his hands over the rail. ' He spat into the water, as if aiming for the cigar stub. 'First time any terrs take to the water at night, and the Guard call up air support ... we'll get clobbered. You watch. ' The last two days had been peaceful. The only unusual activity they'd noticed had been a couple of National Guard patrol boats, venturing out from GatĂșn and Frijoles to disturb the peace with their droning outboards.

The horizon was a billowed cliff of light and darkness split with fissures of fire. It stopped after a few minutes. A dull glow was left in a few places, as the rumbles faded away from distant hills. The officers had waited a few minutes to find out what could be heard on the Nadia's radio. It was silent. Whatever had happened, whatever sort of action or bombardment had taken place, it had done so without the accompaniment of any signals the ship's civilian communications gear was capable of picking up.

The shipping line decided the crew should stay on the ship. Hisako tried not to feel glad Herval had been taken. Philippe was in command of the Le Cercle now; he changed with the responsibility, but not very much. And now at least she felt comfortable with the idea of sometimes staying overnight on his ship, in his double bed. The war went on around them, the parties did the rounds from ship to ship, the Fantasia del Mer made occasional trips from GatĂșn with supplies and mail, and some of the nearer islands in the lake were visited on picnics.

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