The Coldest War
By Ian Tregillis
Superhumans and magic collide in this a secret supernatural history of Twentieth Century events - the second book in this landmark series
For decades, Britain's warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union - a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard's death is another blow to Britain's national security.
Meanwhile, a brother and sister - the subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities - escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. They head for England, because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.
As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.
Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader. He was born and raised in Minnesota, where his parents had landed after fleeing the wrath of a Flemish prince. (The full story, he's told, involves a Dutch tramp steamer and a stolen horse.) Nowadays he lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists and other unsavoury types.
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07 Feb 2013
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I tore through this one in a day and a half. Tregillis is a major new talent in the field, and this is some of the best - and most exciting - alternate history I've read. Bravo. — Cory Doctorow
Eloquent and utterly compelling — KIRKUS REVIEWS
Will keep readers spellbound and on the edge of their seats with an intense sci-fi/alternate history thriller plot — RT Book Reviews