My Review of Traitor’s World

Traitors’ World by Stephen Goldin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is #7 in the ten book series about the agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service, and I found it to be one of the better ones. I like Goldin’s writing which I discovered through E.E. “Doc”Smith. This book is a combination of Space Opera and Spy Thriller. The two problems they have to deal with are first, that the conspiracy against the Empire is still out there and still trying to overthrow the Tsaritsa. Second, they have found a person who was supposed to be safely imprisoned on the planet Gulag, and how had she gotten out? Is there something going on there. The two husband-and-wife teams are separated, with one team going to Gulag to work from within and see what is going on, but for this to work they have to commit treason at a level below the kind that earns the death penalty but will instead earn them a sentence of banishment to Gulag. The other team will try to infiltrate the pirate fleet that is known to be part of the conspiracy. And there is a deadline because the Tsaritsa is coming of age and will be invested with full Imperial power, and this will be the obvious signal for the conspiracy to act.

As this is the part of 10 book series that has its own arc, I do not recommend it as a stand-alone novel. But it you are the kind of person who enjoys reading a multi-book series, give this a look. The books are light and a good read.

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