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Title:The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2)
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN:0060733357
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Number of Pages:815
Category:Fiction, Historical fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy, Historical

The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2) by Neal Stephenson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2) In the year a cabal of Barbary galley slaves including one Jack Shaftoe aka King of the Vagabonds aka Half Cocked Jack devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune A great adventure ensues a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver nay gold nay legendary gold .

In Europe the exquisite and resourceful Eliza Countess de la Zeur is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France s most dashing privateer Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head or both she is caught up in a web of international intrigue even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession .

Meanwhile Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences dastardly plots are set in motion and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended .

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Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar a sanctuary for mathematicians scientists and philosophers protected from the corrupting influences of the outside saecular world by ancient stone honored traditions and complex rituals Over the centuries cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent s walls Three times during history s darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things And Erasmas has no fear of the outside the Extramuros for the last of the terrible times was long long ago br br Now in celebration of the week long once in a decade rite of Apert the fraas and suurs prepare to venture beyond the concent s gates at the same time opening them wide to welcome the curious extras in During his first Apert as a fraa Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn t seen since he was collected But before the week is out both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change br br Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros a threat that only an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose as one by one Erasmas and his colleagues teachers and friends are summoned forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster Suddenly burdened with a staggering responsibility Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous inhospitable corners of the planet and beyond, What would happen if the world were ending br br A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb In a feverish race against the inevitable nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere in outer space br br But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers until only a handful of survivors remain br br Five thousand years later their progeny seven distinct races now three billion strong embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time Earth br br A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision Neal Stephenson combines science philosophy technology psychology and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable As he did in Anathem Cryptonomicon the Baroque Cycle and Reamde Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring engrossing and altogether brilliant, i The System of the World i the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson s shelf bending Baroque Cycle i Quicksilver i and i The Confusion i brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling and truly awe inspiring conclusion br br Set in the early th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists philosophers mathematicians spies thieves pirates and royalty i The System of the World i follows Daniel Waterhouse an unassuming philosopher and confidant to some of the most brilliant minds of the age as he returns to England to try and repair the rift between geniuses Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz After reluctantly leaving his family in Boston Waterhouse arrives in England and is almost killed by a mysterious Infernal Device Having been away from the war decimated country for two decades Waterhouse quickly learns that although many things have changed there is still violent revolution simmering just beneath the surface of seemingly civilized society With Queen Anne deathly ill and Tories and Whigs jostling for political supremacy Waterhouse and Newton vow to figure out who is trying to kill certain scientists and decipher the riddle behind the legend of King Solomon s gold a mythical hoard of precious metal with miraculous properties br br Arguably one of the most ambitious and most researched stories ever written Stephenson s Baroque Cycle is set in one of the most turbulent and exciting times in human history Filled with wild adventure political intrigue social upheaval civilization changing discoveries cabalistic mysticism and even a little romance this massive saga is worth its weight in Solomon s gold br i Paul Goat Allen i, Sangaman Taylor is Boston s modern day Paul Revere spreading the word from a horsepower Zodiac raft Embarrassing powerful corporations in highly telegenic ways is the perfect method of making enemies and Taylor has a collection that would do any rabble rouser proud