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Read online Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1).pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1) i Quicksilver i is the story of Daniel Waterhouse fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque era Europe in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty and where catastrophe natural or otherwise can alter the political landscape overnight .

It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of Half Cocked Jack Shaftoe London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox .

And it is the tale of Eliza rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy confidante and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance .

A gloriously rich entertaining and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life i Quicksilver i is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time .

This P S edition includes pages of supplementary materials .

Cover design by Richard L Aquan Cover illustration from the Mary Evans Picture Library painting of Great Fire of London on stepback by Neal Stephenson

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Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
Title:Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
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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 br br 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 br br 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 br br This P S edition features an extra pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading and more, 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, 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, Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods World War II and the present Our s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse crypt analyst extraordinaire and gung ho morphine addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe They re part of Detachment an Allied group trying to break Axis communication codes while simultaneously preventing the enemy from figuring out that their codes have been broken Their job boils down to layer upon layer of deception Dr Alan Turing is also a member of and he explains the unit s strange workings to Waterhouse When we want to sink a convoy we send out an observation plane first Of course to observe is not its real duty we already know exactly where the convoy is Its real duty is to be observed Then when we come round and sink them the Germans will not find it suspicious br br All of this secrecy resonates in the present day story line in which the grandchildren of the WWII heroes inimitable programming geek Randy Waterhouse and the lovely and powerful Amy Shaftoe team up to help create an offshore data haven in Southeast Asia and maybe uncover some gold once destined for Nazi coffers To top off the paranoiac tone of the book the mysterious Enoch Root key member of Detachment and the Societas Eruditorum pops up with an unbreakable encryption scheme left over from WWII to befuddle the s protagonists with conspiratorial ties