In the year 1689, 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.... show more
In the year 1689, 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.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publish date: June 14th 2005
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 815
Edition language: English
Series: The Baroque Cycle (3 volume) (#2)
I am going to wait a month or two before finishing Eliza's and Jack Shaftoe's love story, "The System of the World" and follow it up with "Cryptonomicon". I enjoyed "The Confustion" more than "Quicksilver" Particularly how Mr. Stephenson played European Aristocracy (Eliza's story) against the cult...
Review to follow.After this I read: Rivers of London
Still an interesting story, but I got a little bogged down in the latter half of the book. Some of this may have been because I only had short snatches of time to read, but I do think some of it may have been due to splitting of the "Bonanza" and "Juncto" books. With so many characters and intertwin...
Loved the Quicksilver portion of the trilogy, but this second part wasn't nearly as compelling or fun a read.
Two novels are interspersed - the continuing story of Daniel, Jack and Eliza - from Versailles to the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico - non stop adventure...