The Revolution Business: Book Five of the Merchant Princes

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Tom Doherty Associates, Mar 22, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages

Things are going badly for the Clan in this SF novel of the Merchant Princes, the immensely popular series by Charles Stross. Locked in a vicious civil war for control over the kingdom of Niejwein, their army is bottled up inside a fortress under siege in two parallel universes at once. Duke Angbard, the Clan's leader, has been laid low by a stroke: plotters are already conspiring in readiness for the deadly dance to come.

Miriam, rescued from a tight spot in New Britain, finds the hopes of the young, progressive faction focused on her. But do they want her as a leader or a figurehead? She soon finds herself thrown into a desperate struggle for power. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the Clan, researchers working for the US government have achieved a technological breakthrough.



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Starting to bring the narrative strands back together, but still not as good as the first couple in the series. A shame in some ways, as some of the storylines could be much stronger if focussed on. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE EMPTY QUIVER
1
1 HEIR APPARENT
13
2 RECEPTION COMMITTEE
41
3 WET WORK
62
4 COVERED WAGON
89
5 THE EXECUTION PROTOCOL
114
6 REALIGNMENTS
139
7 OATH OF FEALTY
163
8 HIGH ESTATE
189
9 CORONATION
220
10 DECEPTIVE PRACTICES
247
11 PARTY TO CONSPIRACY
273
12 COUP
298
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Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn's Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

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