The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis
(The Milkweed Triptych)

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At every level and in every way, this is better than Bitter Seeds, the first in the series. The way the plot fits together is like a finely crafted mechanism. Some of it is wonderfully coldblooded but, when you look back, you can see why it was absolutely necessary
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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.

 

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 July 17, 2012 by Tor Books. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Dec 01 2012

At every level and in every way, this is better than Bitter Seeds, the first in the series. The way the plot fits together is like a finely crafted mechanism. Some of it is wonderfully coldblooded but, when you look back, you can see why it was absolutely necessary

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