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The Revolution Business: Book Five of the Merchant Princes by Charles Stross
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Tom Easton
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316721
Date: 14 April 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Charles Stross's The Revolution Business--fifth volume in the Merchant Princes series that began with The Family Trade (2005)--ends far too soon. As is Stross's pattern, there's a long build-up, with great events and enormous kerfuffles thoroughly foreshadowed, and then, just as something enormous is about to happen, it stops. Tune in next week, folks, after your heart has stopped racing.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Things are going badly for the Clan in this new 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. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional.

(Source: Tor Books)

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