Volume One of the Baroque Cycle (Baroque Cycle #1)

Paperback, 930 pages

English language

Published Jan. 1, 2003 by William Heinemann.

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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is a novel of history, adventure, science, invention, sex, absurdity, piracy, madness, death, and alchemy. It sweeps across continents and decades, upending kings, armies, religious beliefs, and all expectations.

It is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of the Baroque Age, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the powerful, and where catastroph, natural or man-made, alters the political landscape overnight.

It is a chronicle of the near-legendary exploits of ‘Half-Cocked Jack' Shaftoe — London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer, known to all as the King of the Vagabonds — as he risks his life and limb for fortune and love while slowly going mad from the pox.

And it is the story of Eliza, rescued by Jack …

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