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Empire Games

Empire Games, Book 1
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

A time of ambition, treachery and dangerous secrets...

Rita Douglas is plucked from her dead-end job and trained as a reluctant US spy. All because she has the latent genetic talent to hop between alternate time lines - and infiltrate them. Her United States is waging a high-tech war, targeting assassins who can move between worlds to deliver death on a mass scale, and Rita will be their secret weapon.

Miriam Beckstein has her own mission as a politician in an industrial revolution US. She must accelerate her world's technology before their paranoid American twin finds them. It would blow them to hell. After all, they've done it before. Each time line also battles internal conspiracies, as a cold war threatens to turn white hot. But which world is the aggressor - and will Rita have to choose a side?

This new series is set in the same world as Charles Stross' Merchant Princes series.

©2017 Charles Stross (P)2018 Macmillan Audio (US)

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Great story premise. Let down by narration and patchy writing at times.

The idea of multiple timelines is great and the detail around the set up is in depth and well thought through. In short the story has great potential and I really enjoyed it.
At times though it feels like this book could have done with some good editing. For example the author's use of technology even in 2016 feels anachronistic (ironically given the subject matter) - the heroine uses Facebook and other technologies that already feel out of date In the timeline that is supposed to be the reader's. These are only small gripes but they do detract from enjoying the story from time to time.
I struggled with the narrator. I found her performances far too similar amongst the characters and generally found her hard to follow. I am dismayed that she narrates the second book too.

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  • tim smith
  • 18-10-18

Politics and world walking

This book is great. A "Chronicles of Amber" for the 21st century, with extra SciFi.