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Black Chamber

Written by: S. M. Stirling
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
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The first novel in a brand-new alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president for a second time right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America's back. 

In 1912, just months before the election, President Taft dies suddenly, and Teddy Roosevelt wastes no time in grabbing power as he wins another term as president. By force of will, he ushers the US into a new, progressive era with the help of the Black Chamber, the mysterious spy organization watching his back. 

Luz O'Malley - a brilliant, deadly, and young Cuban Irish American agent of the Black Chamber - heads to Germany. She's on a luxury airship swarming with agents of every power on earth as well as conspirators from the Mexican Revolutionary Party and the sinister underground of the reborn Ku Klux Klan, yet none knows her true identity. Her anonymity will be essential as she strives to gain the secrets of Project Loki, an alarming German plan that Roosevelt fears will drag the US into a world war. To gather this intelligence, Luz will have to deceive the handsome yet ruthless Baron Horst von Duckler. She, along with naive Irish American Ciara Whelan, has to get this vital information back to the US - or millions of lives will be lost.

©2018 S. M. Stirling (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Sean Dustman
  • 2018-07-17

a new old world

I've been a long time fan of the Emberverse and sighed when I heard he was writing a historical novel but was instead drawn into a detailed and stark what if of the time around WWI with a heroine of James Bonds caliber. Every word drips with meaning and you can tell he cared about this novel and with an author of Mr. Sterling's talent, this shines. If you are on the fence, get it.

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  • Judy Audin
  • 2018-07-15

A wonderful story as only S. M. Stirling can tell

This is a wonderful alt history/spy story. S.M. Stirling already has a deserved reputation for world building but he's also done a great job telling a spy story. The alternate version of the first two decades of the 20th century that he builds is complete and compelling. The characters, especially Luz and Ciara, are extraordinary yet believable. I cannot wait for the next book!

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  • Mark Patterson
  • 2018-07-13

Typical pretentious Stirling... still a good read

SM Stirling always loves to show off his research and love of strong, iconoclastic women and "Black Chamber" is no exception. Still, the premise of a more muscular WWI-era United States under TR versus Wilson is irresistible. Stirling does not address the dangers of an authoritarian, expansionist US government in this book, but he at least hints that it may be considered in subsequent installments. McLaren is passable as a reader, though his female voices sound a bit breathy and silly, especially for the characters.

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  • EveLynn
  • 2019-06-02

Could not get into this story line!

I loved The Change Series and Could not let go of Todd McLaren’s voice as characters not in the book. I tried so hard. It just did not work for me. Yet I love both author and narrator.

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  • donna
  • 2019-05-26

well done alt history

beginning of new alt-history; good to hear McClaren read; meitculous details create reality. Recommend it.

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  • Francisco
  • 2019-05-21

Great WW1 alternative history.

pretty good concept for an alternative history mostly on a spy vs spy take. I think the only problem was that if 2/3 of the cast (or dialogue) was female so maybe have a female narrator.

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  • Shane
  • 2018-10-29

Stirling set the start for an intriguing new world

America under the rule of Teddy Roosevelt with a more authoritarian executive heads into WW1.
Where will this lead??

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  • Nathaniel
  • 2018-09-23

Hard to put down

Long time Stirling fan. He's a writer who knows his craft well and has once again produced a page turner that can make you stay up past your bedtime.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-28

Needs a Sequel!!!!

The best alt history backdrop in a while! Get past any love story. Look at the bigger picture.

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  • Holdt Garver
  • 2018-08-01

An outstanding alternate history novel

Black Chamber takes place in 1916, during President Roosevelt's third term as President of the United States. The US is about to enter WWI on the side of Great Britain and France. The book centers around an intelligence operative under deep cover. The suspense kept me engrossed in this story. The actions of Germany are unbelievably destructive and the outcome is quite dramatic. Not wanting to spoil the book for those who have not yet read it, I will merely say that this novel is very difficult to put down. You will be very glad you purchased it and I am confident that you will join me in hopes of another book in this universe being available soon.