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The Clan Corporate (The Merchant Princes, Book 3) Hardcover – May 16, 2006
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Stross's lively third volume in his Merchant Princes SF series (after 2005's The Hidden Family) finds 33-year-old Boston journalist Miriam Beckstein still caught in a "barely post-feudal" alternate world where she's part of a mafiosa-like family called "the Clan." The Clan is holding Miriam's mother hostage in an effort to force the reluctant, thoroughly modern Miriam to make a politically advantageous marriage. Also dragged into deadly Clan politics is Miriam's ex-boyfriend, Mike Fleming, a DEA agent who has infiltrated Miriam's world on the orders of Homeland Security. Miriam's foolish, headstrong decisions help propel the fast-paced plot. Mike's discovery that the Clan may have planted nuclear weapons on our world raises the ante. While Miriam can be frustratingly dense, playing right into her captors' hands, the book gallops along to a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers eagerly awaiting future installments. (May)
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In the third volume (after The Family Trade, 2004, and The Hidden Family, 2005) of The Merchant Princes, Miriam Beckstein's situation continues to resemble an alternate-worlds version of The Perils of Pauline. Having escaped immediate reduction to the status of breeding stock for her Mafia-like kinsmen, she lands in a third world, one in which, unfortunately, the local king has no brains. No heir, either. Ulp! Miriam suspects she has jumped from the frying pan into the fire, and also that her relatives may still be pursuing her to a probably gruesome death for defying their will. Persons in our world discovering that they have ties to others is a classic sf and fantasy theme; just see Roger Zelazny's two Chronicles of Amber series. Stross and his feisty heroine are currently about the best practitioner and heroine the old motif boasts, and many are and will be the readers hoping for more than the three volumes they've given us so far. Roland Green
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Top customer reviews
This volume was every bit as good as the previous two, and the next. It moves the story forward, ratchets up the stakes, and unveils new mysteries while resolving some old ones.
As you'd expect with what is essentially half a novel, not very much is wrapped up neatly by the end of this book. But a delicious amount of stuff happens, and my only complaint is that I couldn't put the darn thing down.
If you're expecting something revolutionary or different than the other novels in the series or dislike the medieval culture part of the Merchant Prince universe, you'll be disappointed. If you are looking for continuation of the story arcs and some twists, it'll do.
In the first two novels, despite feeling very much a fish out of water in the strange world of Gruinmarkt, Miriam had some measure of control over her life. She was (and in this book, still is) resourceful, talented, bold, takes initiative, and is very accomplished at thinking on her feet.
Unfortunately, that is not always enough in life. Things go from bad to worse for Miriam as after an unfortunate mistake she is locked up. Threatened with death for doing something regarded by the Clan as treason, she finds her options reduced from many to only one; world walkers are very valuable and rare and the Clan would absolutely love to have ties to the royal family - she is to marry one of the two princes and have at least several children, not only insuring the Clan continues to have a supply of world walkers but buying the Clan tremendous political connections and prestige.
Cloistered in a castle, a virtual prisoner, forced by the Clan to learn their world's language, royal etiquette, and overall stop being Miriam (and American) and start being Helge, our protagonist finds herself isolated from actions that while not initiated by Miriam will very much affect her. First of all, the King's other son is not at all happy with Miriam's impeding marriage with his brother and takes action to prevent this. Second, the United States, working with the defector Matthias, has finally gotten a toe-hold in what they call "fairyland" (the Gruinmarkt). At first having come to appreciate the Clan as highly organized, well-informed, and very well armed cross-dimensional drug smugglers, they soon come to appreciate them as a far, far worse threat when Matthias gives them strong reason to believe that the Clan has planted nuclear weapons on our world. Enter Mike Fleming, a federal agent (and former boyfriend of Miriam's), a man who becomes part of a federal program design to study and if possible bring down the Clan.
Though New Britain doesn't figure as much into the storyline as it did in the second volume in the series, important developments nonetheless occur there as well.
Part of the book had a different tone than the rest of the series, the part that dealt with Miriam being locked up in the castle. For a time I had a hard time imagining how she would get out of that situation and Stross did a good job of generating sympathy for the character. The last part of the book stands in vivid contrast and was quite exciting, boding well for this excellent series. Overall I have found the series to be tremendously entertaining.
I recommend you wait for book 4 and then buy 3 and 4 together. That way you might have something to read.
There was still enough here to keep reading, but this third book was a little bit worse than filler.