Set in a fascinating alternative world in which ghosts are
real, the United States never came into existence, and Russia is
still ruled by the Romanovs, this sequel to Of Tangible
Ghosts and The Ghost of the Revelator continues the
adventures of semi-retired spy Dr. Johan Eschbach.
His lovely wife Llysette du Boise, a refugee from the burning
remains of France and a world-famous vocalist, has been invited to
provide a command performance for the Russian Imperial household.
Johan accompanies her, allowing him to work on the oil concession
in Russian Alaska that Columbia so desperately needs and do some
spying on the side. Johan's espionage is carried out against the
backdrop of the famous white nights of St. Petersburg, the nearly
Arctic midsummer when the sun barely dips below the horizon and the
sky seems to dissolve in ivory light. But even the oil shortage
will fade to insignificance when Johan discovers what new weapons
technology the Russians are developing, a threat even more fearsome
than the atomic bombs of Austro-Hungary.
Working in the tradition of Gordon R. Dickson and Poul Anderson for
hard-edged adventure with sophisticated social and political
dimensions, Modesitt provides a unique blend of speculation and
intrigue that brings the trilogy to a rousing end.