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The Merchants' War by Charles Stross
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The Merchants' War

by Charles Stross

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Series: Merchant Princes (4), Merchant Paratime (4 (1st ed))

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Book 4 of the Merchant Princes series, in recovery from the mess that is Book 3. Miriam and her Leveler go on the lam via luxury transcontinental train, civil war between the Pretender and the worldwalker merchants ensues in the Auld Country, and the government task force in this world closes in on the worldwalkers, casting them as enemy alien terrorists based on the nuclear threat Matthias engineered when he defected. in short, somewhat of a return to form (though the first two books in the series, with Miriam making her mark on two new worlds with mad skillz and considerable aplomb, remain the best). ( )
  macha | Sep 20, 2014 |
Still very readable series, but too many points of view appearing in this one to pull the narrative forward. ( )
  rlangston | Sep 10, 2014 |
Alternate history,Cross temporal
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Finally! I'm sensing a heartbeat again. Stross is breathing some life back into the patient.

The series was starting to feel like it would fizzle out. This book had better pacing and a good twine of plot lines. Like the other books, we have to keep reading to see where the story goes.

I am noticing he does a good job of reminding us what came before without too much offending infodump. The reminders are not enough to bring a new reader into the series at this point but they make perfect sense to feed a reader who hasn't read the last book recently, as when these books were originally published.

There were fewer points in this book where I was frustrated because a character did not do something I thought was a better and obvious solution. Mirriam begins to pick up the reins of her own destiny again. Yay! ( )
  Penforhire | Mar 11, 2012 |
The action really started moving again in this one in the series, which is a nice change from book three. Bit of a cliffhanger at the end - I would recommend making sure you have the next one on hand before starting this one. ( )
  mbg0312 | Feb 14, 2012 |
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Hartwell, David G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765355892, Mass Market Paperback)

Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip business journalist in Boston. But her very well-connected family comes from an alternate reality, where they are a little too much like the mafia for comfort. Having escaped to yet anther world, Miriam remains in hiding from both her Clan and their opponents. With a nasty shooting war going on in Gruinmarkt, the world of the Clan, Miriam is shielded from danger, but also from information.  And there’s a secret yet for Miriam to discover; something that she's really going to hate--if she lives long enough to find out.

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Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip, business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well-connected, and that her family was 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. Now, in The Merchants' War, Miriam has escaped to yet another world and remains in hiding from both the Clan and their opponents. There is a nasty shooting war going on in the Gruinmarkt world of the Clan, and we know something that Miriam does not; something that she's really going to hate--if she lives long enough to find out.… (more)

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