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The Coldest War

Milkweed

Ian Tregillis

Tor Books

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. The Coldest War is the brilliant second installment in Ian Tregillis' Milkweed Trilogy.

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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 w
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For The Coldest War

The Coldest War is like a cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men. …Eloquent and utterly compelling.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Engrossing… Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology, and the cliffhanger ending sets up the concluding volume quite well.”
Publishers Weekly
 
For Bitter Seeds

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

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ian Tregillis

  • IAN TREGILLIS lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a member of the George R.R. Martin Wild Cards writing collective and the author of The Milkweed Tryptich Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War and Necessary Evil.

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The Coldest War

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Ian Tregillis

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