The Coldest War
By Ian Tregillis
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765321510, 352pp.)
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
IAN TREGILLIS lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“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.”