By Neal Stephenson
In the 12 months 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- together with one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a bold plan to win freedom and fortune. a good experience ensues -- a dangerous race for an important prize of silver ... nay, gold ... nay, mythical gold.
In Europe, the beautiful and ingenious Eliza, Countess de l. a. Zeur, is stripped of her mammoth own fortune through France's most voguish privateer. Penniless and in danger from those that hope both her or her head (or both), she is stuck up in an online of overseas intrigue, at the same time she desperately seeks the go back of her most respected possession.
Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz proceed to propound their grand theories as their notorious competition intensifies, obdurate alchemy does conflict with the normal sciences, dastardly plots are set in movement ... and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the insanity into which his global has descended.
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