King of the Vagabonds: The Baroque Cycle #2

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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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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.” (Time magazine)

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“An astonishing achievement.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end. (San Antonio Express-News)

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