Neal Stephenson continues his extraordinary Baroque Cycle in this sequel to his bestselling Quicksilver , bringing to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery. It is the late 1600s, on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship, hatching a daring scheme to find an enormous cache of Spanish gold. Amazingly, they succeed - leaving some very unhappy men behind who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, back in France, the beautiful Eliza - toast of Versailles and spy extraordinaire - attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. Making her way home, her ship is stopped by a French privateer and she is returned to the Sun King's court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters, including buccaneers, poisoners, Jesuits, financial manipulators, and even a stray cryptographer or two...
"Ideas about currency and calculus become thrilling because of the way Stephenson incorporates them into his story... Huge in scope - rich in detail... This weird, wonderful collision of scholarship and storytelling has no peer" Time Out
Neal Stephenson, geb. 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland erhielt bei der Ars Electronica 2000 für sein bisheriges Gesamtwerk die Goldene Nica. Seit seinem frühen Roman 'Snow Crash' gilt er als eines der grössten Genies der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur.