Daniel Waterhouse finds himself embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint (and closet alchemist) Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level, as Jack plots a daring assault on the Tower of London itself, aiming for nothing less than the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system. The Baroque Cycle, Neal Stephenson's award-winning series, spans the late 17th and early 18th centuries, combining history, adventure, science, invention, piracy, and alchemy into one sweeping tale. It is a gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive historical epic populated by the likes of Isaac Newton, William of Orange, Benjamin Franklin, and King Louis XIV, along with some of the most inventive literary characters in modern fiction.
by Neal Stephenson
by Jonathan Lethem
by Dick Francis
by H.G. Wells
by John Burdett
by John Gray
"Simon Prebble continues his role as the voice for Neal Stephenson's historical novel series of the Baroque period. This volume immerses the listener in the historical events and political intrigue of late-seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century England and its New England colonies. The returning lead character, Daniel Waterhouse, along with his childhood friend, Sir Isaac Newton, finds himself investigating a conspiracy to devalue the "coin of the realm." Prebble is in his comfort zone with familiar characters, whom he has developed over the years. Many of them are now older men, and Prebble's erudite reading sounds perfect for them. F.T. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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