Friday, January 16, 2009

The Merchants' War by Charles Stross

First sentence:

"The wreckage still smoldered in the wan dawn light, sending a column of grayish-white smoke spiraling into the misty sky above Niejwein."


"Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the Mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain-damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose: a coup against the Clan by the Nobility.

Now, in The Merchants’ War, Miriam has escaped to world three in the turmoil, and remains in hiding from both the Clan and their opponents. She has found her way to her friends, who have a revolution to plan and now must incorporate Miriam to protect her.

There is a nasty shooting war going on in the Gruinmarkt world of the Clan, directed on the Clan side from hideouts in the United States, and we know something that Miriam does not, something that she’s really going to hate when she finds out—if she lives long enough to find out. And the Clan does not know that the United States has discovered them and is Out to destroy them, too.

Nobody is going to stop reading this book, or the Merchant Princes series, before the end. Stay tuned." -- from the inside flap

My thoughts:

This book was a good installment in the Merchant Princes story. I liked the various storyline featuring other characters which intersect at the end. I look forward to finding out what happens next in The Revolution Business.

Date read: 1/13/2009
Book #: 5
Series: Merchant Princes, #4
Challenge: Support Your Local Library Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0765355892
ISBN-13: 9780765355898
Publisher: Tor
Year: 2008
# of Pages: 384
LibraryThing page

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know I have this link added under Mr. Linky for the 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge. Mr. Linky is working again. Let's hope it stays that way!