King of the Vagabonds (Quicksilver, Book 2)

Overview

A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe — London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer — risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

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Overview

A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe — London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer — risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

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Editorial Reviews

Time magazine
“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.”
New York Times Book Review
“[QUICKSILVER] explores the philosophical concerns of today . . . through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.”
Newsweek
“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.”
Seattle Times
“A sprawling, engrossing tale.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold. A-”
Sunday Telegraph
“An astonishing achievement.”
San Antonio Express-News
“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end.
Book World
“[O]ften brilliant and occassionally astonishing ...[QUICKSILVER] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.”
Book
“[A]n awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes ... and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.”
Independent
“Dense, witty, erudite ... and gripping ... a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called “serious” fiction.”
Time Magazine
"Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer."
New York Times Book Review
“[QUICKSILVER] explores the philosophical concerns of today . . . through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.”
Book World
“[O]ften brilliant and occassionally astonishing ...[QUICKSILVER] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.”
Independent
“Dense, witty, erudite ... and gripping ... a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called “serious” fiction.”
San Antonio Express-News
“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end.
Seattle Times
“A sprawling, engrossing tale.”
Time magazine
“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.”
Book
“[A]n awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes ... and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold. A-”
Sunday Telegraph
“An astonishing achievement.”
Newsweek
“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060833176
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Baroque Cycle Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 322,017
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal  Stephenson
Neal Stephenson is the author of seven previous novels. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Stephen Bury (co-author pseudonym, with J. Frederick George)
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 31, 1959
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Meade, Maryland
    1. Education:
      B.A., Boston University, 1981
    2. Website:

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