Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis

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Darkly fascinating, flaws and all: A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to an imaginative tour de force.


12 May 1940. Westminster, London, England: the early days of World War II.


Raybould Marsh, one of "our" Britain's best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulhu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh's timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the specters from outer space to notice our planet in the first place.
His biggest challenge is the mad seer Gretel, one of the most powerful of the Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. And Marsh is the only man who can stop her.
Necessary Evil is the stunning conclusion to Ian Tregillis's Milkweed series.

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About Ian Tregillis

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IAN TREGILLIS lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos Laboratory. He is a member of the Wild Cards writing collective, directed by George R. R. Martin. Bitter Seeds is his first novel.
Published April 30, 2013 by Tor Books. 385 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Feb 03 2013

Darkly fascinating, flaws and all: A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to an imaginative tour de force.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jul 15 2013

I was really looking forward to reading Necessary Evil but the reality has proved a major letdown. Once you set out to write a time travel or multiverse story, there are rules to be followed. This happened in the construction of the first two books. It’s such a shame the rules were mostly thrown away in this concluding volume.

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