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Occasion for Disaster   By: (1927-1987)

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Occasion for Disaster by Randall Garrett is a masterful piece of science fiction that combines elements of mystery and intrigue to deliver an engaging and thrilling narrative. Set in a futuristic world where advanced technology and psychic powers are the norm, this book takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of suspense and excitement.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Lord Darcy, an incredibly intelligent and charismatic detective who works in the field of forensic magic. In this alternate reality, magic has replaced many conventional investigative methods, adding a unique and captivating dimension to the detective genre. Darcy's abilities as a sorcerer, combined with his sharp intellect, make him an exceptional detective, often solving cases that seem impossible to crack.

The plot unfolds with the murder of Sir James Zwinge, a prominent politician with ties to powerful individuals. Darcy is called upon to investigate the crime, but as he delves deeper into the case, he realizes that there is more at stake than just solving a murder. The intricate web of conspiracy and political intrigue that unravels is brilliantly crafted, keeping the readers guessing until the final pages.

Garrett's writing style is both descriptive and atmospheric, transporting readers to a world that is remarkably believable and intricately detailed. The author's attention to detail and his ability to create well-rounded characters make the story come alive. Lord Darcy, in particular, is a fascinating protagonist, displaying a perfect balance of wit, intelligence, and vulnerability.

Furthermore, the book's pacing is flawless, effectively maintaining a level of suspense that keeps readers hooked from start to finish. The author seamlessly weaves together elements of magic, technology, and mystery, creating a captivating story that appeals to both fans of science fiction and detective novels.

Occasion for Disaster is a true gem within the science fiction genre, offering a refreshing take on the detective narrative. The combination of magic and traditional crime-solving makes it a standout read, as it successfully merges two seemingly disparate genres. Garrett's ability to create a believable world, compelling characters, and an engaging plot will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Lord Darcy series.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction November 1960, December 1960, January 1961, February 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.



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A very small slip, at just the wrong place, can devastate any enterprise. One tiny transistor can go wrong ... and ruin a multi million dollar missile. Which would be one way to stop the missiles....

" We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the causes of disaster. "

Theodore Roosevelt

In 1914, it was enemy aliens.

In 1930, it was Wobblies.

In 1957, it was fellow travelers.

In 1971, it was insane telepaths.

And, in 1973:

"We don't know what it is," said Andrew J. Burris, Director of the FBI. He threw his hands in the air and looked baffled and confused.

Kenneth J. Malone tried to appear sympathetic... Continue reading book >>

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