The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

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Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

About Charles Stross

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Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of Rule 34, Halting State, The Atrocity Archives, Accelerando, and many other SF novels. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Published January 3, 2006 by Ace. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In "Atrocity," Bob, a low-level computer fix-it guy for the Laundry, a supersecret British agency that defends the world from occult happenings, finds himself promoted to fieldwork after he bravely saves the day during a routine demonstration gone awry.

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Still, though I enjoyed it the story doesn't have quite the impact of the novel -- perhaps a matter of length, or simply that the novel was first to present the ideas.

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Only Agent Bob and local police officer Josephine stand in the way of stopping the zombie attack, but first he must explain why he failed to follow standard operating procedures when he called for backup during a deadly confrontation in which he failed to fill out the proper form and go...

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Often at odds with the hierarchical management, Bob finds himself in trouble when he kills a possessed co-worker (and coincidentally saves six other coworkers.) Suspended with full pay whilst the enquiry takes place, and sent on a training course, Bob eventually becomes trained to active status w...

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Unfolding through a series of after action reports and Bob's experiences, Concrete Jungle is a dizzyingly ideas-heavy piece of conspiracy thriller, a story where office politics can get you killed which not only sets up a future adventure for the laconic near-spy but also makes a subtle poi...

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