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ISBN13: 9780765321503
ISBN10: 0765321505
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Publisher Comments:

Its 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between

Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.

When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities—a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present—Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.

Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, the tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different.

Review:

"Debut novelist Tregillis breathes new life into alternate military history with this fun take on WWII. In this version of 1939 Germany, the insane Dr. von Westarp has given WWI orphans superpowers, such as fire-starting, intangibility, and invisibility. As they use their abilities to aid German expansion, young mutant Klaus starts to suspect that he and the other soldiers are being manipulated by his precognitive sister, Gretel. Meanwhile, British secret agent Raybould Marsh recruits his old college buddy, magic-wielding aristocrat Will Beauclerk, to the British cause. Tregillis has trouble fleshing out characters and is overly fond of worn-out plot devices — a disastrous raid survived only by the protagonists, an urchin destined for greatness — but the action sequences are exciting and intense, and the clash of magic and (mad) science meshes perfectly with the tumultuous setting." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

IAN TREGILLIS lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a member of the Wild Cards writing collective, directed by George R. R. Martin. Bitter Seeds is his first novel.

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smoovebcoffee, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by smoovebcoffee)
I'm more of an audiobook guy, but when I heard Bitter Seeds described on the Sword and Laser podcast as "Historical science fiction where the Nazis developed X-men and the British fought back with their Warlocks" I picked up this hard copy. The strange part is that description is just the tip of the iceberg. This book is beyond incredible. I never have/make time to read, but I could not put this down. It is completely engaging and the only drawback is the sadness you feel knowing you're about to finish it... Until you realize this is the first book in a trilogy. Buy this incredible book now, thank me later.
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Jennifer Morris, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Jennifer Morris)
Fascinating and a debut novel--can't wait for the next one!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765321503
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Author:
Tregillis, Ian
Subject:
Alternative History
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Science Fiction/Time Travel
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.1875 x 1 in

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Product details 352 pages Tor Books - English 9780765321503 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Debut novelist Tregillis breathes new life into alternate military history with this fun take on WWII. In this version of 1939 Germany, the insane Dr. von Westarp has given WWI orphans superpowers, such as fire-starting, intangibility, and invisibility. As they use their abilities to aid German expansion, young mutant Klaus starts to suspect that he and the other soldiers are being manipulated by his precognitive sister, Gretel. Meanwhile, British secret agent Raybould Marsh recruits his old college buddy, magic-wielding aristocrat Will Beauclerk, to the British cause. Tregillis has trouble fleshing out characters and is overly fond of worn-out plot devices — a disastrous raid survived only by the protagonists, an urchin destined for greatness — but the action sequences are exciting and intense, and the clash of magic and (mad) science meshes perfectly with the tumultuous setting." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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