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The Revolution Trade: A Merchant Princes Omnibus by [Stross, Charles]
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'Stross's ability to combine interesting ideas with solid plotting is one of his great strengths' Asimov's Science Fiction 'Stross sure ends things with a bang ... satisfying and chilling' RTBookreviews.com 'These books are immense fun' Locus

About the Author

Charles Stross has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full-time. To date, Stross has won two Hugo awards and been nominated twelve times. He has also won the Locus Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best Novella and has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke and Nebula Awards. Stross lives in Edinburgh, with his wife Feorag, cats, several thousand books, and a herd of obsolescent computers.

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  • File Size: 1750 KB
  • Print Length: 569 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFU5BJ8
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This seems to be one of Mr. Stross' most polarizing series, love it or hate it, no middle ground. Because he changes styles from novel to novel and series to series, there's no telling how the combination will strike a reader. I really enjoyed the series and am looking forward to the continuation coming in 2015.

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.
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I was less than thrilled with the second omnibus in this series, although I did think it ended on a high note. This book was definitely a step up from that, and I am definitely interested in continuing on with the series (I hear Mr. Stross has a few more books planned). The main improvement in this book was with the pacing. I felt like something was always happening (the main character, Miriam/Helge, was not kept prisoner for large chunks of this book like she was for the last book, which probably accounts for a large part of the difference).

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.
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Things get back on track after a pretty weak 2nd volume of the omnibus series and come to a reasonable conclusion. So I was glad I read this after being irritated by the 2nd book. Stross' use of actual current US politicans as key characters will probably annoy the crap out of some people but I think it's a fun bit of bravura, and yes, political commentary. I stayed up too late to finish it, so that's a bit of a review in itself!
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The main characters were tantalizingly close to focus but never quite made it, and the rest were hard to recognize. I spent time struggling to identify with who and why and where they were, eventually giving up and just reading one page at a time until the end. I saw just enough of Stross's delightful sense of humor to wish for more, and I was deeply gratified to see Dick Cheney get what he's so richly deserved all these years, with Donnie Rumsfeld and Tricky "I'm not a crook" Dick Nixon getting some of the same. Hmm, just noticed 2 of these guys are real Dicks. Maybe Don was just a nickname, because I'm sure he was a real Dick too. Finally, Stross's message couldn't have been more clear. Thanks for that too, Charles. Next time (I already bought the book) please bring more to the party for your characters, don't invite so many, and make the directions more uh, uh, better.
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I've been reading Stross stories, novels, and website for some years now, and so when he announced that the Merchant Princes were being remade and re-released in the colonies, I jumped to get them and tore through the Kindle books quickly. Of the whole series I can say: I really like and am worried for the main characters, and am not entirely pleased with the direction of the plot.

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.
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The Revolution Trade (2013) is the third SF omnibus in the Merchant Princes series, following The Traders' War. The initial volume in this sequence is The Bloodline Feud. This volume contains The Revolution Business andThe Trade of Queens.

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.
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