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- Book 3 of 3 in A Merchant Princes Omnibus (3 Book Series)
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I think one thing that rankles readers is that a recurring theme in this series is the best-laid plans of mice and men and how they go pear-shaped. The heroine is ultra-competent and should, as in similar novels, fix all problems. But nothing goes as planned. Disaster follows disaster as consequences play out. It's grim but real. And I kept coming back for more.
I did have one problem with the book, and I'll try to discuss that now while being as vague and generic as possible so as not to drop any spoilers. One reason I read science fiction and fantasy is for escapism. If I want to hear about politics, I can turn on the TV or read nonfiction. And there was a lot of political commentary (on members of the previous administration) in this book. It wasn't overt, but you could read a lot into the various figures' actions. Alongside this, there was the fact that this book is going to be dated pretty fast. You can tell about when the book was written based on events that were referenced. The author speculated about some things in the Middle East that might happen in the future (the future for him at the time being years that have already passed for us, if that makes sense). He ends up having been wrong. But I guess you could just say Miriam's world wasn't ours after all, but was a parallel world where events diverged from ours!
At any rate, because of the references to real political figures and "current" events, this book will eventually become dated. I was alive (and an adult) during the early part of the 21st century, of course, so I remember these things clearly.Read more ›
In this third book (or fifth and sixth if you like) quite a lot happens as a culmination of the characters and events set in motion earlier. Some of it is horrible, some merely strains the suspension of disbelief, but I think the twinges I get from the parts that ring too close to current events and, er, the family business, make me uncomfortable.
It's all intentional on the part of the author for political and plot reasons, and I'm volunteering for it, but it does reduce my enthusiasm slightly in encouraging others to read the series ... even as much as I do want you to so we can talk about the conspiracies, events, and collectively await the new books next year.
The Revolution Business (2009) is the fifth SF novel in this series. An unannounced inspection occurs in a nuclear weapons storage facility in Texas. The inspectors include a team from NNSA, the FBI and the FTO. They discover that at least six FADM nukes are missing from the secured storage area. Rich reports the losses to his superior in FTO.
Miriam has just crossed over from New Britain. A team led by Brill has saved her and Erasmus from the Polis. They are in the outskirts of the Wu realm in that world and are waiting for their bearers to recover from the transit.
Brill has coopted Huw and his team for the mission. Elana notices riders coming toward them. Miriam climbs on Huw's back and they transit to California within the USA.
Miriam tells Brill about meeting Mike in the Summer Palace. Brill briefs Miriam on the events that have occurred since she fled from the Palace. She tells her about the nuke placed by Matthias in Boston and the other nukes swiped by the Clan.
Huw tells Miriam about the other worlds that his team has found.Read more ›
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this is classic, fast-moving and absorbing Stross. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that it isn't as mind-blowing in concept as his very best works.Published 14 months ago by W F BRODIE TYRRELL
A pleasure after several years to read books 5 and 6 of Stross' intricate series. You really must read the first 4 books before going into this reissue, to get any sense of it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by W Boudville
Biography correction - Charlie won the Best Novella Hugo for 2014, not 2015. (Nominations for 2015 Hugos just opened, so if you're eligible to nominate, I'm sure he'll appreciate... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bill Stewart
The Merchant Princes ends with a bang, and a very big bang it is too. Again, Stross delivers a powerful page-turner thriller that thunders along at a furious pace. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peter Wake
Having read all of the series, I can recommend the books to anyone. We need more where is the rest of the series.Published 21 months ago by vista
This series has been going downhill for sometime. The author keeps letting his politics get in the way of a good novel. Would not recommend.Published 22 months ago by James Lacy
Charles Stross' MERCHANT PRINCES OMNIBUS disappointed me on several levels. Why is this series entitled as concerning princes, when the story arc principally concerns and resolves... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charles T. Riley
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