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The Confusion 

The Confusion (2004)
(The second book in the Baroque Cycle series)
A novel by Neal Stephenson

 
The Barnes & Noble Review
The Confusion, the shelf-bending sequel to Neal Stephenson's equally meaty Quicksilver, continues his epic Baroque Cycle by following a remarkable cast of late-17th-century characters that includes spies, vagabonds, and historical figures like Sir Isaac Newton and German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

The two primary story lines revolve around Jack Shaftoe, the infamous King of the Vagabonds, and Eliza, a seductive spy who is both puppet-master and pawn to powerful alchemists, cryptographers, and kings. The novel begins with Jack a half-insane, pox-infected galley slave aboard a pirate ship. He and a cabal of ten ingenious slaves engineer a wild plot to win their freedom -- and untold fortunes. The complicated scheme -- which involves stealing an enormous cache of silver bound for Spain -- succeeds beyond their wildest dreams; but instead of thieving a hoard of silver, the cabal now possesses gold: "not just any gold, but gold imbued with miraculous -- even divine -- qualities."

Meanwhile, Eliza -- a former slave -- finds herself penniless once again in France and must use intellect and cunning to save herself and her children from certain death. Her primary objective is to seek vengeance on the man who forced her into slavery, but fate intervenes at the most inopportune moment...

With the swashbuckling action and the quixotic ambiance of Alexandre Dumas classics such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, the page-turning intrigue of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and a cast of characters to rival any Harry Turtledove epic, Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is destined to rank among the most ambitious historical sagas ever written. Wildly engaging, richly described and delectably complex, The Confusion is a storytelling masterwork. Paul Goat Allen

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2005 : Hardback
Title: The Confusion Ltd
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0060599340 / 9780060599348 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
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April 2004 : Hardback
Title: The Confusion: Volume two of the Baroque Cycle
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0060523867 / 9780060523862 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
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April 2004 : Hardback
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0434008788 / 9780434008780 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : Paperback
Title: Confusion: Roman
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 3442475570 / 9783442475575
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
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August 2006 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Confusion, Part II: The Baroque Cycle #5
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0060833238 / 9780060833237 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
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February 2006 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: King of the Vagabonds (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0060833173 / 9780060833176 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
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June 2005 : Paperback
Title: The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0060733357 / 9780060733353 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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April 2005 : Paperback
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0099410699 / 9780099410690 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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March 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Confusion
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0434012386 / 9780434012381 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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January 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Confusion
Author(s): Neal (Signed) Stephenson
ISBN: 0060724730 / 9780060724733 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Audio Editions

February 2013 : Audio CD
Title: The Confusion
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1469288575 / 9781469288574
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : MP3 CD
Title: The Confusion
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1469288583 / 9781469288581
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2012 : Audio CD
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1455861553 / 9781455861552
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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October 2012 : Audio CD
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1455861650 / 9781455861651
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : MP3 CD
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1455861855 / 9781455861859
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : MP3 CD
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1455861758 / 9781455861750
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Kindle edition
Title: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: B007W1BO6O
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2004 : Kindle edition
Title: The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle Book 2)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: B000FC1PS4
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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