The Coldest War

Milkweed (Volume 2 of 3)

Ian Tregillis

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In Ian Tregillis' The Coldest War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Britain and the USSR. 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 escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. Once subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities, then prisoners of war in the immense Soviet research effort to reverse-engineer the Nazi technology, 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.

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1 May 1963
Arzamas-16, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, USSR
Gretel laid a fingertip on Klaus’s arm.
“Wait,” she whispered.
Several seconds passed while she consulted some private time line that existed only in her head. He recognized the look on her face: she was remembering the future, peering a few seconds ahead.
Then she said, “Now, brother.”
Klaus pulled the merest trickle of current from his stolen battery, just enough of the Götterelektron to dematerialize his hand. It was a gamble, one Gretel had assured him would work.

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“A major talent.”  —George R. R. Martin

“Exciting and intense… The clash of magic and (mad) science meshes perfectly with the tumultuous setting.”  —Publishers Weekly

“A white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters—an unstoppable Vickers of a novel.”  —Cory Doctorow

Bitter Seeds may rival Naomi Novik’s Tales of Temeraire as a sustained historical fantasy.”
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IAN TREGILLIS lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765321510
ISBN10: 0765321513
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$25.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765335388
ISBN10: 0765335387
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$14.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2012
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ISBN: 9781429986113
ISBN10: 1429986115
352 pages
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