The Vortex, Paperback Book

The Vortex Paperback

Part of the Sten Series series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Eternal Emperor had returned at last from the dead, to pick up the pieces of his crumbling Empire.

But even that great leader could not halt the Empire's decline alone. And so Sten, master spy, military strategist, and assassin, found himself appointed Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the Altaic Cluster, where a brewing civil war threatened the stability of the Empire itself.

Quelling a civil war was nothing new for Sten. But as one thing after another went wrong, he began to suspect that he was up against more than a mere local disturbance.

Someone - operating in deepest cover, with the highest authority - was working behind the scenes to manipulate events and escalate disaster. And that someone wanted nothing more than to see Sten dead ...For more information on this or any other Orbit book, visit the Orbit website at


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781841490823

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Throughout the series, Sten has learned to operate alone, to lead men into battle, and to navigate the political currents. Here is the ultimate test of that skill. And in this book, Sten learns his final lesson of the series: when to decide to ignore those in power over him.

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I'd probably give the beginning a 4, the middle a 3 (for staling) and the end a 5. Overall, this is one of my favorite books mainly for the character, which remain great. However, the plot was a bit dragged out in this one.

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