The Art of War

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The fifth installment of David Wingrove's colossal series

The year is 2206 and peace has returned. After five years of war, the Seven are weak. They have lost three of their members, and the new T'ang are young and inexperienced. Once it was considered inconceivable but now, down in the lowest levels of the immense city of Chung Kuo, new currents of unrest have awoken that threaten to tear it apart. The fight endures, but the demand for change is not the only threat to the ...

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Overview

The fifth installment of David Wingrove's colossal series

The year is 2206 and peace has returned. After five years of war, the Seven are weak. They have lost three of their members, and the new T'ang are young and inexperienced. Once it was considered inconceivable but now, down in the lowest levels of the immense city of Chung Kuo, new currents of unrest have awoken that threaten to tear it apart. The fight endures, but the demand for change is not the only threat to the Seven. Major Howard DeVore will use any means available to destroy them and their world-spanning city, and, from their own ranks, Wang Sau-leyan, appointed T'ang after the suspicious deaths of his father and elder brothers, plots to destroy them from within. The Seven are vulnerable and the forces against them continue to grow.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Fifth in a projected 20-book series, which has been reworked and expanded from an eight-book series published between 1989 and 1997, this futuristic epic continues to explore a Chinese-dominated Earth, now called Chung Kuo, in the year 2206. In the wake of a five-year war, peace is threatened by lingering rebels and malcontents, as well as ruthless political infighting among the ruling Council of Seven. While the focus bounces around a somewhat unwieldy cast of dozens, several major players do stand out, including budding artist Ben Shepherd, manipulative mastermind Howard DeVore, and the treacherous Wang Sau-leyan. This installment is more about moving pieces into place than any significant plot payout; even when things happen, they feel inconclusive. The epic scope and ambitious storytelling work well with the worldbuilding, but the story—very much part of a larger work in progress—is nigh-inaccessible to newcomers. Agent: Diana Tyler, MBA Literary Agents. (Dec.)
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"The epic scope and ambitious storytelling work well with the worldbuilding." —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857890719
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Chung Kuo Series , #5
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 663,311
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wingrove is the Hugo Award–winning coauthor of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction and the coauthor of the first three books in the Myst series.

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