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The Apocalypse Codex

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19th July 2012

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780356500980

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Bob Howard used to fix computers for the Laundry – the branch of the British Secret Service that deals with otherworldly threats – but those days are over. He’s not only been promoted to active service but actually survived missions against cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions. Willingly or not, he’s on his way up in this dangerous organisation.

When a televangelist with connections to 10 Downing Street seems able to work miracles, the Laundry takes an interest. But an agency that answers to the Prime Minister can’t spy on him themselves, and Bob’s shadowy superiors come up with a compromise – they hire ‘freelancers’, with Bob in charge.

British citizens who discover the occult are either forcibly recruited by the Laundry or disposed of, and Bob’s never heard of freelancers before. Officially they don’t exist. Anyone who’s big and bad enough to remain independent is going to be hard to handle, and Bob’s not too sure that the one-week ‘people management’ course he was sent on in Milton Keynes is going to be enough . . .

Reviews

KIRKUS
Stross at the top of his game - which is to say, few do it better
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Alternately chilling and hilarious
SFX
Ferociously enjoyable
Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan
Charles Stross owns this field, and his vast, cool intellect has launched yet another mad, sly entertainment that will strangle the hell out of anything else on offer right now
Ben Aaronovitch, author of RIVERS OF LONDON
Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time