I read this book about 6-May-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1977. This note was last modified Monday, 19-May-2014 16:34:42 PDT.
This is book 3 of the "Family D'Alembert" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Third of the Family D'Alembert books, written "with" Stephen Goldin (but I think all but the first book are entirely Goldin's work).
Somehow this one has me thinking of Mr. Gordon's from the Destroyer books already, just from the title.
I wonder if I'll go on reading through the whole series?
The point of the plot looks like it's going to be the Imperial succession -- getting the Princess married to the robot. It's a perfect humaniform robot; and there doesn't seem to be the corresponding advancement of other computer capabilities that you might expect. I also noticed that, when somebody was injured, they had to send somebody back to the castle to send a helicopter ambulance. What, none of the security team had any kind of radio communication? Sheesh.
I noticed for the first time a mention that DesPlaines spoke a French-Russian mix (as opposed to the English-Russian mix that's the normal language). This fits in with the names (and pseudonyms) the Circus people use, and their use of French ejaculations, which has gone on for two books without, that I can recall, any explanation.