The Centauri Device by M. John Harrison

The novel is a science fiction tale set in a future where humanity has spread across the stars, engaging in interstellar conflict and political intrigue. The story follows John Truck, the last known human descendant of an alien race from the Centauri system. Truck becomes the unwilling focus of various galactic factions, including militant groups and powerful governments, due to his unique heritage which is linked to a powerful weapon known as the Centauri Device. As these factions vie for control of the device, Truck is thrust into a dangerous game of cosmic espionage and must navigate a complex web of betrayal and manipulation to determine his own destiny and potentially the fate of the galaxy.

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