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The Secrets of the Chess Machine

(2007)
(The Chess Machine)
A novel by

 
 
Based on a true story, The Chess Machine is the breathtaking historical adventure of a legendary invention that astounded all who crossed its path

Vienna 1770: Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen unveils a strange and amazing invention, the Mechanical Turk, a sensational and unbeatable chess-playing automaton. But what the Habsburg court hails as the greatest innovation of the century is really nothing more than a brilliant illusion. The chess machine is secretly operated from inside by the Italian dwarf Tibor, a God-fearing social outcast whose chess-playing abilities and diminutive size make him the perfect accomplice in this grand hoax.

Von Kempelen and his helpers tour his remarkable invention all around Europe to amaze and entertain the public, but despite many valiant attempts and close calls, no one is able to beat the extraordinary chess machine. The crowds all across Europe adore the Turk, and the success of Baron von Kempelen seems assured. But when a beautiful and seductive countess dies under mysterious circumstances in the presence of the automaton, the Mechanical Turk falls under a cloud of suspicion, and the machine and his inventor become the targets of espionage, persecution, and aristocratic intrigue. What is the dark secret behind this automaton and what strange powers does it hold? The Chess Machine is a daring and remarkable tale, based on a true story, full of envy, lust, scandal and deception.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chess Machine: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-59420-126-9 / 978-1-59420-126-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Lohr Robert
ISBN: 0-670-91635-8 / 978-0-670-91635-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin / Fig Tree
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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 0-14-311436-0 / 978-0-14-311436-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 0-14-102698-7 / 978-0-14-102698-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 0-670-91636-6 / 978-0-670-91636-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fig Tree
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Audio Editions

June 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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June 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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June 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: Chess Machine, The - on Playaway
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-60640-139-4 / 978-1-60640-139-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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December 2007 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-84648-296-8 / 978-1-84648-296-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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December 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-84648-314-X / 978-1-84648-314-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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September 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chess Machine: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-4001-0513-7 / 978-1-4001-0513-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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September 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chess Machine: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-4001-3513-3 / 978-1-4001-3513-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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September 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Chess Machine: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Lohr
ISBN: 1-4001-5513-4 / 978-1-4001-5513-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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September 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chess Machine: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Lohr
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Secrets of the Chess Machine
Author(s): Robert Lohr
Publisher: Penguin
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