The Art of War (Chung Kuo)

By David Wingrove

The 5th installment of David Wingrove's titanic series


The yr is 2206 and peace has lower back. After 5 years of battle, the Seven are susceptible. they've got misplaced 3 in their participants, and the recent T'ang are younger and green. as soon as it was once thought of impossible yet now, down within the lowest degrees of the significant urban of Chung Kuo, new currents of unrest have awoken that threaten to rip it aside. The struggle endures, however the call for for swap isn't the merely danger to the Seven. significant Howard DeVore will use any capacity to be had to wreck them and their world-spanning urban, and, from their very own ranks, Wang Sau-leyan, appointed T'ang after the suspicious deaths of his father and elder brothers, plots to spoil them from inside. The Seven are susceptible and the forces opposed to them proceed to grow.

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