By Gareth L. Powell
Solaris, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781781080603, 405pp.
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
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Startling, fast-paced SF from one of the most striking new voices. A cigar-chomping monkey, nuclear-powered Zeppelins, electronic souls and a battle to avert armageddon.
In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain's best hopes
for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed 'Ack-Ack Macaque'. The
trouble is, Ack-Ack Macaque is a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey,
and he's starting to doubt everything, including his own existence.
A century later, in a world where France and Great Britain merged in the late 1950s and nuclear-powered Zeppelins encircle the globe, ex-journalist Victoria Valois finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who butchered her husband and stole her electronic soul. Meanwhile, in Paris, after taking part in an illegal break-in at a research laboratory, the heir to the British throne goes on the run.
And all the while, the doomsday clock ticks towards Armageddon.