Dancing with Bears (Darger and Surplus, #1)
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Dancing with Bears

by Michael Swanwick
Release date: May 7, 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

A Darger and Surplus novel

Michael Swanwick – The Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy award-wining author of Stations of the Tide – delivers a stunning "Post Utopian" novel of swashbuckling adventure, dangerous women, and genocidal AIs.

Dancing with Bears follows the adventures of notorious con-men Darger and Surplus: They've lied and cheated their way onto the caravan that is delivering a priceless gift from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. The only thing harder than the journey to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An audience with the Duke seems impossible to obtain, and Darger and Surplus quickly become entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution.

The only thing more dangerous than the convoluted political web surrounding Darger and Surplus is the gift itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoesophia, the governess sworn to protect their virtue.

This steam punk-esque adventure explores the great game of espionage and empire building, from the point of view of the worlds most accomplished con-men, Darger and Surplus.

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