By Brian Wilson Aldiss
(Published within the united states as 'Vanguard') A fearless undercover agent workforce from Earth falls into adverse arms after they secretly land in Luna quarter a hundred and one - Rosk territory. Tyne and Murray get away with their lives, however the 3rd guy is useless and whilst Tyne suspects that Murray is the responsible celebration he prepares to confront him, in basic terms to find that he has disappeared in a banned zone. His look for Murray leads him to a horrendous discovery - the Rosks are threatening forthcoming invasion of Earth-and now merely Tyne can hinder it.
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How did it differ from what men would think and feel, in their position? That sort of basically important question had never been intelligently asked or answered since the Rosks arrived, nearly five years ago. The great, seminal, emancipating event, the meeting of two alien but similar races, had been obscured in a fog of politics. The merging of cultures boiled down to a beating-up on a table. Tyne had been on the talking end of politics. Now here he was on the receiving end. ‘I’ll talk,’ he said.
The interrogation was over. Replacing the instrument, Budda began shouting orders to the other Rosks. Tyne slid his feet down on to the floor and stood up. His clothes were still wet, and clung to him. The cords that secured his hands behind his back seemed to grow tighter by the minute. ’ he asked. ‘You are going to your eternal home,’ Budda said. ‘You have served your function usefully, Mr Tpdpuddle, and I am grateful. Now we all go to capture Mumford in a big hurry, leaving the lady of our party, Miss Benda Ittai, to sew you in a sack and hurl you in the blue water.
What sort of a man was he? ’ Tyne said. He was determined that he would no longer be a pawn in the big game. As soon as possible, he would take the initiative. Unknown forces had hitherto carried him round, much as the revolving equator did; from now on, he would move for himself. Accordingly, he made a tour of the island on which he had been marooned. It was not much more than ten acres in extent, probably an outlying member of the Mentawai group. On its far side, overlooking a tumbled mass of rock which extended far into the sea, was a ruined fortification.