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The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.

The woman known as Diziet Sima had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.

The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past.


"There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness." The Times

About the Author

Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation.

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Charles Kerchner, October 30, 2013 (view all comments by Charles Kerchner)
It was an OK book to read. Most of the book deals with the main character, Zakalwe - and the other dozen names he goes by, and the wrestling with his emotions. Almost all the book has little to do with weapons, war or fighting but the prevention of the use by himself and the strange powerful civilization called the Culture. Strange format since the odd number chapters are progressing forward in time while the even ones are moving backwards (lots of anti-foreshadowing).
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Felicity, December 2, 2009 (view all comments by Felicity)
Use of Weapons is a challenging book, both in its structure and its subject matter. It's about war: the necessity of it, the uses of it, the sorts of people it requires and creates. It is sometimes exciting, sometimes brutal, and in the end emotional, memorable, haunting.
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Product Details

Banks, Iain M.
Science Fiction - Adventure
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Space warfare
Science fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Science / Adventure
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