Empire Games - Empire Games (Paperback)Charles Stross (author)
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Empire Games is the first book in the exciting series set in the same world as Charles Stross' The Merchant Princes series.
A time of ambition, treachery and dangerous secrets . . .
Rita Douglas is plucked from her dead-end job and trained as a reluctant US spy. All because she has the latent genetic talent to hop between alternate timelines - and infiltrate them. Her United States is waging a high-tech war, targeting assassins who can move between worlds to deliver death on a mass scale, and Rita will be their secret weapon.
Miriam Beckstein has her own mission, as a politician in an industrial revolution US. She must accelerate her world's technology before their paranoid American twin finds them. It would blow them to hell. After all, they've done it before. Each timeline also battles internal conspiracies, as a cold war threatens to turn white hot. But which world is the aggressor - and will Rita have to choose a side?
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 24 mm
Stross's ferociously imaginative world-building is on full display here . . . few other writers can match him for humour, creativity and sheer density of ideas * SFX *
Empire Games is immensely compelling, an excellent novel: I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here * Locus *
The keen eye and what-if imagination of Charles Stross fuel a fresh look at alternate worlds * David Brin *
Plenty of action . . . a complex storyline underpinned by convincing worldbuilding and evocative descriptions . . . immensely enjoyable * Interzone *
Empire Games is a book that takes espionage, spy novels and The Cold War and then makes them . . . something else. It is as we expect of Stross's novels - complex, thoughtful, entertaining * SFFWorld.com *
Watch those blistering fingers as you turn the pages, Empire Games is fast-paced, intricate and thoroughly captivating. I look forward to reading the rest of the series * Shoreline of Infinity Magazine *
It easily measures up to Charles Stross's best novels such as Accelerando, Glasshouse and Rule 34. His clear and witty writing style as well the diverse environment and characters make this an entertaining journey * SciFiEmpire.net *
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