Bronze Summer (Northland Trilogy, Book 2) by Stephen Baxter

By Stephen Baxter

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Stephen Baxter’s “imaginative [and] bold”* novel Stone Spring drew readers into an alternative prehistoric state of affairs that now keeps with Bronze Summer. millions of years have handed. And a wall that used to be outfitted to carry again the ocean, needs to now carry again the advancing armies of a reviving Troy…

What might were the mattress of the North Sea is now Northland, a society of filthy rich, literate and self-sufficient humans. They reside off the bounty of the land, a space created via the construction of the Wall. it all started as an easy dam, millions of years in the past. Now, inhabited from finish to finish, the Wall is a linear urban stretching for enormous quantities of miles, and a ask yourself of the realm.

For millennia, the Wall has additionally stored the becoming empires of the Bronze Age at bay. yet many years of drought have destabilized these jap civilizations. Men—and women—filled with greed and ambition have now became their eyes towards the fertile West. a brand new and turbulent age is dawning. For any wall, regardless of how powerful, might be breached—particularly from within…

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It would have been nice to sit out here under the stars, so late at night, and chat a little. It would be as if they were still married … damn The Game, she thought, and its spins. Damn luck itself, bad luck; that’s all we seem to have, anymore. We’re a marked race. , Mrs. ” “Mrs. Gaines,” she grated. , Mrs. ” How many people, she wondered, are alive on the face of Earth at this moment? One million? Two million? How many groups, playing The Game? Surely no more than a few hundred thousand. And every time there was a fatal accident, the population decreased irretrievably by one more.

I’m glad for them. But—” She roamed about the apartment, her arms folded. “It depresses me,” Pete said. He put a tea kettle of water on the range in the kitchen. “Thank you,” the tea kettle—its Rushmore Effect—piped. Freya said, “We could have a relationship outside of The Game, you realize. ” He felt a camaraderie with Clem Gaines; it overcame his feelings—temporarily, anyhow—for her. And in any case he was curious about his future wife; sooner or later he would roll a three. 2 Pete Garden was awakened the next morning by a sound so wonderfully impossible that he jumped from the bed and stood rigid, listening.

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