The Confusion (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 848 pages
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In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues -- a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver ... nay, gold ... nay, legendary gold.

In Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France's most dashing privateer. Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head (or both), she is caught up in a web of international intrigue, even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession.

Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies, stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences, dastardly plots are set in motion ... and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
  

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Review: The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle (8 volume) #4)

User Review  - Allan Dyen-shapiro - Goodreads

Book 2 of the Baroque Cycle. This one has all the complex cast of characters, fascinating asides and humor ranging from tongue-in-cheek to farcical you'd expect from a Stephenson novel, but I have to ... Read full review

Review: The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle (8 volume) #4)

User Review  - Miles - Goodreads

Deeper into the wordy quagmire that is Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. As with Quicksilver , this volume contains a considerable dose of magical moments dissolved in a nearly impenetrable sea of ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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