The Family Trade

The Family Trade

Book - 2004
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Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life. She's a successful reporter for a hi-tech magazine in Boston, making good money doing what she loves. When her researcher brings her iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780765309297
0765309297
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 24 cm

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pcschillawski May 16, 2016

One star. The author/editor need continuity lessons. First the heroine's chambers have no security on the "other side." Then about a chapter later her inner chambers suddenly do (because that's necessary to explain a failed assassination attempt). Then two pages later the inner chambers have no other side security again. That's just one example of many.

The author also has nearly zero knowledge of firearms. The tired old 'safety catch' on a modern revolver, "semiautomatic" machine guns, and other idiocies.

Billed by Tor as "rigor" on "the grandest scale." Not worth the effort.

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bibliophage91
Jan 14, 2012

I gave The Family Trade a three-star rating, and started into the sequel with guarded expectations.

Nicest thing I can say? I like the cover a good deal.

Sadly for me, my negative expectations were quickly fulfilled. The flaws of the predecessor were loomingly prominent in this sequel. I was hoping that the sequel would surpass the original, but it has been very much the same. There wasn’t one big nail in the coffin – more like a thousand paper cuts.

•None, and I mean none, of the interesting unresolved topics are being taken up yet.
•The plotting is mechanical and heavy-handed. Oooh, could the foster mother be any more ambiguous and possibly concealing something? Oh, look, she admits she’s concealing something.
•Secondary characters who were ambiguously threatening in book one… peel off that stretchy mask with the flair of a Scooby Doo villain and gloat over their revealed black-hat status.
•An entire new venue (third alternate Earth) pops up in the shooting gallery for double your extended-series enjoyment.
Pah. Removing the bookmark at page 117 of 309.
from my blog:
http://bibliophage91.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/the-hidden-family-charles-stross-dnf/

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luneray
Jan 04, 2011

A densely plotted, mile-a-minute, whipsmart story.

I loved the whole series, and if you decide to read it, make sure you have ready access to all the novels. Each book picks up right where the previous one left off.

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mikekam1234
May 01, 2010

Too slow for me. More of a political intrigue type of fantasy. But I just couldn't get past p141. If you like the cross-over "conneticut yankee in king arthur's court" theme then go for Peter Garrison's, The Changling War - it's SO much better!

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