Empire Games

  • by Charles Stross
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Charles Stross builds a new series with Empire Games. Expanding on the world he created in the Family Trade series, a new generation of paratime travelers walk between parallel universes.
The year is 2020. It's 17 years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence - the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth's great leap forward - has a problem. For years she's warned everyone: "The Americans are coming." Now their drones arrive in the middle of a succession crisis, for their leader, First Man Adam, is dying of cancer, and the vultures are circling.
In another timeline the US has recruited Rita, Miriam's own estranged daughter, to spy across timelines in order to bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security. But her handlers are keeping information from her.
Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies are fumbling around in the dark, trying to find a solution to the first contact problem that doesn't result in a nuclear holocaust. And two women - a mother and her long-lost adopted-out daughter - are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation.


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Customer Reviews

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The whole book just feels like setup for the next book. Only for serious fans of the series.
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- Alex Beckers

Long awaited and promises more.

Story starts slow and takes a while to build to interesting. Ends on high intrigue so I am looking forward to next book in the series. Hope the wait will not be as long until the next book.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio