The story is just plain weak. Nothing original in a sci-fi sense, and tedious characters.
Selecting events in the 17th century that were actually *interesting*.
This is a fascinating time period but the focus was on endless tedious detail on the global trade tobacco, china and other consumerist concepts. I guess I should have researched the book b4 buying.
Yes. Wonderful ideas, crisp writing.
The world-building and some of the characters like the Hegemony CEO.
Great ability to capture the unique voice of each (of many) characters.
The conclusion, don't want to spoil it.
A frustrating mix of genuinely fascinating, tangible material - Bosnian pyramids, copper mining in N. America, a prehistoric road network in France - and credulous silliness (conversations with crystal skulls, Atlantis, etc).
No, on balance.
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