Trade of Queens

Trade of Queens

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A dissident faction of the Clan, the alternate universe group of families that has traded covertly with our world for a century or more, has carried nuclear devices between the worlds and exploded them in Washington, DC, killing the President of the United States. Now they will exterminate the rest of the Clan and keep Miriam alive only long enough to bear her child, the heir to the throne of their land in the Gruinmarkt world. Mike Fleming, late of US intelligence, has just survived an attack on his life in Massachusetts and knows the worst and deepest secret: behind the horrifying plot is a faction of the US government itself, preparing for a political takeover in the aftermath of terrifying disaster. There is no safe place except, perhaps, in the third alternate world, New Britain - which has just had a revolution and a nuclear incident of its own.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765316730
  • 9780765316738
  • 312,325

About Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels including "Glasshouse," "Accelerando," and "Saturn's Children." Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, "Singularity Sky," appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.
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1,720 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (631)
3 34% (578)
2 10% (167)
1 3% (60)

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Stross is good at unpredictability of his plot lines, however this is the final book of a series, so there is not much freedom in how it could actually go, isn't is? And still Stross manages to pull some wonderful twists and turns in the story line leading the reader down a highway and then having it end abruptly and lead the reader in jumping off the side of the road, because the highway was unsustainable in the world that the previous events created. The story lines get resolved one way or another and it all makes perfect sense, and yet you know that there can, and will, be more stories to tell after the author has a bit of a rest from this epic. In the end I can say that this series put all together in a single book is really, really epic. On par with the best of them, on par with Lord of the Rings and Dune. It starts much closer to our reality and goes of further, much further then others and then comes back for another dose of the horrors of our everyday lives. All in all - a solid piece of more
by Aigars Mahinovs
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