Gods and Pawns: Stories of the Company (The Company Series)

Gods and Pawns: Stories of the Company (The Company Series)

by Kage Baker

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These eight stories, reprinted for the first time in this collection, delve further into the history and exploits of the Company. The book opens with the novella, "To the Land Beyond the Sunset," starring Lewis and Mendoza, and involving a strange tribe in Bolivia whose members claim to be gods. "Standing in His Light" features Van Drouten's role in the career of the artist Jan Vermeer. Other stories include "Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst," which opens up intriguing questions about The Company, and the original novelette, "Hellfire at Twilight," which concludes the volume and tells of Lewis infiltrating the famous Hellfire Club in eighteenth century England. Gods and Pawns is a compelling read for every Baker fan, and essential for Company addicts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765315533
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Series: Kage Barker's Company Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Kage Baker lives in Pismo Beach, California.

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To the Land Beyond the Sunset            11
The Catch                                            76
The Angel in the Darkness                    100
Standing in His Light                             176
A Night on the Barbary Coast               203
Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst        224
Hellfire at Twilight                                 292

Table of Contents

To the Land Beyond the Sunset 11

The Catch 76

The Angel in the Darkness 100

Standing in His Light 176

A Night on the Barbary Coast 203

Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst 224

Hellfire at Twilight 292

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Gods and Pawns: Stories of the Company (The Company Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short stories about the characters of The Company novels.
redswirl3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book in the series. I like the novella within a novel writing style of Kage Baker. I enjoyed the mystery quality to Mendoza and Lewis adventure in Bolivia. I was happy to read more about Lewis, since he is my favorite character.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
...Gods and Pawns by Kage Baker.This was another collection of short stories in Baker's Company universe.I remain impressed by the way Baker has mastered both the short and long fiction forms and can tell a full and satisfying story either way.I enjoyed all the stories in this volume, although naturally some more than others. I especially enjoyed more Lewis tales as he has very much grown on me as a character. I'm not sure that I can pick a favourite, as each story had things I liked and they were all deftly written.My least favourite was probably "The Land Beyond the Sunset" in which Lewis and Mendoza go on a field trip and find an apparently lost civilisation. Again, it was well written and engaging, but didn't work for me as well as some of the others.I liked the 1930's-set "Welcome to Olympus, Mr Hearst", although the future ramifications of the Company's machinations in this case are rather scary. But the story of the house party was delightful, as was the early cameo by Rudolph Valentino.Another favourite was "Angel in the Darkness" that showed the complications of Porfirio's continued observation of his mortal family from the point of view of one of those family members rather than one of the cyborgs.Perhaps not a book to come in and read cold, but a lovely addition to the series.Gods and PawnsKage Baker9/10
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of tales of the operatives of Dr. Zeus, Incorporated, set in a variety of historical settings. Most provide more fleshing-out of characters familiar from the rest of the series; ¿Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst¿ is an important segue into The Sons of Heaven, and “The Catch” provides significant foreshadowing.
harstan More than 1 year ago
These seven ¿stories of the Company¿ are reprints from other publications but brought together under one book for the first time to the delight of fans of the series who will understand the title while newcomers will enjoy these excellent time traveling tales. --- 'To the Land Beyond the Sunset'. Company men Lewis and Mendoza amongst others encounter a seventeenth century tribe in Bolivia who claim to be immortal and provide evidence to support their God-like assertion. --- ¿The Catch¿. In 1958 a family of five allegedly died in a car crash. The Company sends Clete and Porfirio to clean up a problem caused by the ten year old boy previously saved from that crash instead of joining as operatives as all of the rescued do, Bobby Ross has become a problem for the Company to fix. --- ¿The Angel in the Darkness¿. In 1991 forty-six years old insurance underwriter Maria Aguilar has problems as she expects the new owners of her firm to downsize. However, she soon finds bigger troubles for her and her family. Only Company Security Technical Uncle Porfirio can keep them safe from an immortal. --- 'Standing in His Light'. In the seventeenth century Netherlands Agent Van Drouten meets Jan Vermeer, considered by twenty-fourth century aficionados as the greatest artist of all times as she tries to rescue his masterpieces. --- ¿A Night on the Barbary Coast¿. In 1850 Joseph and Mendoza explore the local flora because something of interest caught Dr. Zeus¿ attention in the future. --- ¿Welcome to the Olympus, Mr. Hearst¿. In the 1920s and 30s William Randolph Heart informs Mr. Denham he knows about the Company and wants to buy stock as a full player in the game of ¿correcting¿ history. --- 'Hellfire at Twilight'. In 1774 Lewis joins the aristocratic notorious Hellfire Club because of a toxic alert from a document once belonging to them. --- Harriet Klausner