#1 in series

Empire Games

Book 1 in the series

4.07 based on 597 ratings & 105 reviews on Goodreads.com
Tor

Publication date: 19.10.2017
ISBN: 9781447246282
Number of pages: 336

Synopsis

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 timelines - 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 North America. 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 timeline 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?

Empire Games is the first book in an exciting series in the same world as Charles Stross' Merchant Princes series.

In the media

Empire Games is a book that takes espionage, spy novels and The Cold War and then makes them . . . something else. It is as we expect of Stross’s novels – complex, thoughtful, entertaining
SFFWorld.com
Plenty of action . . . a complex storyline underpinned by convincing worldbuilding and evocative descriptions . . . immensely enjoyable
Interzone
The keen eye and what-if imagination of Charles Stross fuel a fresh look at alternate worlds
David Brin