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The Revolution Business (Merchant Princes) Hardcover – 2 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (2 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316721
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.

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Praise for "The Merchants' War":
"Charles Stross's Merchant Princes novels are economic science fiction worth reading."
--Paul Krugman, "New York Times "bestselling author of" The Great Unraveling
""The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words--it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real.... "The Merchants' War "is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment."
--SciFi.com
"For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top."
"--Publishers Weekly
""A fantastically thrilling series."
" --Booklist"

About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Cantrell on 4 Jun. 2010
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The fifth installment in the series, and series-itis is rearing its head I'm afraid. It's getting a bit silly and over-the-top (you could tell that from the cover: a dude in plate armour, with a Maxim gun to one side and, errm, a nuke going off in the background) but that I can live with. It's fiction, it's entertainment, not serious literature. Unfortunately, there's rather too much politicking and I get the feeling that some fairly important background has been edited out in the process of turning the three huge books that were planned into six small books. That politicking is too opaque to the reader and takes away from the silly entertainment. And there's no chance at all that this would work in isolation - if you've not read the previous books, this will score nul points.

I still got some enjoyment from it, but there were too many points, especially in the last quarter, when I came close to just putting the book down and not finishing it. So I'm afraid that I can't recommend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin Forbes on 11 Jun. 2010
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I'm loving this series of books. The fourth and this, the fifth, volumes have been real page turners.

The book does end on something of a cliff-hanger - but the sixth and, for the time being, final book is now published so I'll be investing in that very shortly.

One interesting thing about reading this series is the divided loyalties you feel as a reader. There's not exactly a clear 'good' or 'bad' side of the unfolding events, so you can end up rooting for a group of people who are actually terrorists and drug-traffickers!

Anyway, it's a fun book, not to be taken too seriously, but well worth a read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SHM on 14 Jun. 2009
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If you haven't read any of the merchant prince novels because you've read other Charles Stross science fiction and think you won't like them, you're wrong, you will love these books.

If I'm being really honest I wish I'd waited and read the previous one, this one and the next one all at the same time as they read like one big novel, with a cliff hanger ending in the last one and this one. But the series is very compelling and I just have to read them as they appear because of the cliff hanger endings, which is the point of them I guess. There's nothing worse than waiting a year or more for the next in a series and just loosing interest completely in the intervening time, (David Louis Edelman springs to mind here).

There is one more coming next year to finish off this storyline but this series could run and run, there is just so much there to explore in the worlds Stross has created, and every book teases us just a little more with the back story.

This is an absolutely essential read but not for someone to pick up who hasn't read the previous books in the series, it doesn't stand alone. I'd thoroughly recommend going and getting the first one, by the time you've tracked them all down and read them, there will only be a short delay until The Trade of Queens is published.

My only regret is not being able to wait a month after it was published to get it for this price, I paid an American book chain twice as much and by the time it arrived it was on amazon uk for less. Ho hum.
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This is book 5 in the 'Merchant Princes' series. Normally, 'book 5 in a series' raises the spectre of something running on cliches inherited from earlier books in the series. This series though continually re-invents itself and this book is no exception.

The series started in what appeared to be a classic fantasy scenario as ex-journalist Miriam Beckstein found she,had the ability to 'world walk' - jump realities between North America as we know it and one in which crime families, the Clan, operate in a feudal society, and use their limited ability to 'world walk' to extend their crime operations into the USA. Clan families fight among themselves and with a 'lost Clan' branch, living in a third alternate reality of North America. Things got more complicated when Miriam found a fourth reality, in which revolution was brewing in an early industrial Georgian monarchy, left isolated by French control of Europe.

This book starts with the American government closing in on the Clan. It has discovered that they have stolen some back-back nukes and is researching 'world walking' in order to mount an invasion, seeing the Clan's alternate reality as an easy source of oil. The Clan is having its own problems as it is under attack from without and within in its reality. Miriam has been impregnated with an heir to the vacant position of Clan chief. Understandably she is not thrilled by this and unsure about who is on her side - should she follow her mother's plan for Clan domination? Clan investigators have discovered a new fifth reality, which seems deserted but contains some relics of very advanced technology.
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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2010
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This book is simply amazing - not the best of the Merchant Princes, but only because the sequel The Trade of Queens (Merchant Princes) - the last in the series - is fractionally better.

So. At the end of The Merchants' War (Merchant Princes) the Clan were in a perilous position, under attack from the pseudo medieval army of Gruinmarkt, an alternate history replacement for the eastern United States. This volume picks up exactly where that one left, and maintains a frenetic action laced pace throughout, flipping between Gruinmarkt, our world, and the third reality, "New Britain", a world of steam cars and revolutionary cabals. (That timeline doesn't really come into its own till the sequel, but when it does...!)

Anyway, the languors of The Clan Corporate (Merchant Princes 3) are now left long behind and the story pushes on. Miriam, the closest person to a hero in this sequence, is still trying to get some control over her life, despite the rising tide of events - not only the war in Gruinmarkt, but increasingly hostile interventions by the US security forces (Stross does their business rather well, with a dense barrage of CODENAMES, tersely described tradecraft, and numerous expletives. (And where did he find out so much about how atomic weapons work? It's rather worrying.
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