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In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the world's climate forever. And just as Earth's temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together....
In the 21st century, boats still run on steam, messages arrive by telegraph, and the British Empire, with its capital now in Delhi, controls much of the world. The other major world leader is the Czar of All the Russias. Everyone predicts an eventual, deadly showdown. But no one can predict the role that one man, Captain Athelstane King, reluctant spy and hero, will play....
©2002 Steven M. Stirling (P)2017 Tantor
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“An irresistible read." ( Booklist)
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By Kyle Ellsworth on 12-12-17

Great Alternative History

I’m only sad it’s the only one, but it’s elegant and exciting. This is a story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever been interested in alternative history. It has military and political technicality, well written romance, and exciting action!

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By D. Campbell on 12-11-17

One of the best alt-history books I've read!

Take something in history that made a change in the world, and then change that event. Or, add a large impacting event to the world's history at a point previous to current time and extrapolate where the world might be based on the change. Plotlines and ideas like this, can be fascinating. If that is of any interest to you, I would highly recommend reading this book.

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By Jonathan Wenden on 12-10-17

An intesting setting but the story is lacking

The setting and world is interesting and obviusly well thought out but the story was not that interesting. The characters are equally not well expanded upon. The narrator was good though.

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