The Dervish House

The Dervish House

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It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone it seems is after a piece of Turkey. But the shockwaves from this random act of 21st century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square.

Welcome to the world of The Dervish House --the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027 and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union.

This is the age of carbon consciousness: every individual in the EU has a card stipulating individual carbon allowance that must be produced at every CO2 generating transaction. For those who can master the game, who can make the trades between gas price and carbon trading permits, who can play the power factions against each other, there are fortunes to be made. The old Byzantine politics are back. They never went away.

The ancient power struggled between Sunni and Shia threatens like a storm: Ankara has watched the Middle East emerge from twenty-five years of sectarian conflict. So far it has stayed aloof. A populist Prime Minister has called a referendum on EU membership. Tensions run high. The army watches, hand on holster. And a Galatasary Champions' League football game against Arsenal stokes passions even higher.

The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, three interconnected story strands, one central common core -the eponymous dervish house, a character in itself--that pins all these players together in a weave of intrigue, conflict, drama and a ticking clock of a thriller.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Pyr, c2010.
ISBN: 9781616145453
9781616142049
1616142049
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 24 cm.

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ctobe02
Aug 25, 2012

Science fiction writing different from anything I've read before.

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Bertrand3
Nov 05, 2010

Ian McDonald is blazing trails in science fiction with his stories set in the developing world. Africa, India, Brazil - and now Turkey. To be precise, Istanbul, the Queen of Cities. What happens in this city that straddles Europe and Asia when high technology and high finance meet old traditions? McDonald has an uncanny ability to make you feel that this is indeed the future of these places - or could be. All done at a rollicking pace that keeps the pages turning.

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