By J. Gregory Keyes
1722: A moment darkish Age looms. An asteroid has devastated the Earth, referred to as down by means of dire creatures who plot opposed to the realm of guys. The brilliant-- a few say mad--Isaac Newton has taken safe haven in historical Prague. There, together with his younger apprentice Ben Franklin, he plumbs the secrets and techniques of the aetheric beings who've so approximately destroyed humanity.But their security is tenuous. Peter the nice marches his unstoppable forces throughout Europe. And part an international away, Cotton Mather and Blackbeard the pirate gather a celebration of colonial luminaries to go the Atlantic and detect what has befallen the previous global. With them sails purple sneakers, a Choctaw shaman whose mysterious connections to the invisible global warn him that they're all relocating towards a war of words as violent because it is decisive . . .
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Those fellows were Moscovados, I think. If you heard them speaking amongst themselves…” “Ah. I see. Yes, you are quite right. ” “Not really, only that they did intend to do so. ” Frisk smiled. “Take no offense, sir, but no, I do not. I heard them tell that you were the apprentice of some man named Newton—whose name I believe I have heard remarked —but that is my balance of knowledge concerning you. I am recently come, you see, to Prague. ” “Mr. ” Robert asked. “I marched with Charles XII of Sweden in the year seventeen hundred.
A battered tricorn jutted over a high, balding forehead. He exuded the sort of competence that Robert did, but more so, giving the impression that he could have easily dealt with all five men. “You’ve done us a damn good turn,” Ben said, sticking out his hand. ” “Yes, so I heard them call you,” the man replied. ” “Pleased to meet you, Peter Frisk,” Ben replied, as they shook hands. “And me,” Robert added, taking Frisk’s hand next. “And might I suggest that we move along? ” “Indeed,” Frisk replied.
But, sir, to be barred even from your new laboratory—” “My current endeavors are of too delicate a nature to disclose. This is as much for your sake as anyone’s, I promise you. ” “Making toys for the emperor? Scientifical baubles for the archduchess? Forgive me, sir, but I had hoped for more. ” “Perhaps I did, but we must suit our actions to the times. Had I all leisure, I would devote myself to your education. ” “I don’t understand,” Ben said, feeling a little angry. ” Newton’s eyes lit with an answering fire of their own.