A Talent for War by Jack McDevett

A Talent for War by Jack McDevettA Talent for War is part space opera, part detective story, part space archeology. It is a sci-fi history mystery where even the past is our future.

selected quotes

“I’ve been looking at the principals on which she bases her ethical system: Love your enemy. Return good for evil. Justice and mercy are the cornerstones of a correct life; justice because it is demanded by nature; and mercy because justice erodes the soul.”
“Sounds familiar.”
p. 159

“There is this about comedy: even when it’s bad, it provides a sense of a secure existence, in which things are under control.”
p. 251

“I suspected this was one of those ecologies which produces animates, species not possessing the clear distinction between plant and animal which adheres on most living worlds.”
p. 271

Boundaries have no existence save on charts or in small minds. Nature does not draw lines.
p. 304

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