Synopses & Reviews
As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundrythe clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threatsBob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to doespecially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus.
Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infectionan array of unusual symptoms such as superstrength and -speed, an uncanny talent for mind control, an extreme allergic reaction to sunlight, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. While his department is tangled up in bureaucratic red tape (and Buffy reruns), debating how to stop the rash of vampirism, Bob digs deeper into the banks historyonly to uncover a bloodcurdling conspiracy between men and monsters...
"Hugo winner Stross continues his Laundry Files series (The Apocalypse Codex) with another entertaining but occasionally repetitive tale of a British government agency fighting the supernatural. Some British investment bankers have accidentally stumbled on a formula that turns them into vampires, and they quickly apply their talents and learn how deadly they can be. Bob Howard, tech geek and occasional spy for the Laundry, gets caught up in an investigation that soon starts to have implications for the safety of the world and the future of Bob's relationship with his wife, Mo. When one of the vamps, Mhari, turns out to be an ex-Laundry agent herself, things get even more convoluted and dangerous. Stross stumbles a bit at times by this point in the series, the multipage jokes about British bureaucracy complicating things have gotten tired but generally offers a meaty story. As the stakes get really serious, fans of the series will be particularly concerned about the fates of some favorite characters. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Stross gives his readers a British super spy with a long-term girlfriend, no fashion sense and an aversion to martinis."
"Bond and Bourne never faced the adversaries Howard confronts."
Praise for THE LAUNDRY FILES novels
“Smart, literate, funny.”—New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
“Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files—theres a mad joy inherent to these books that is difficult to find anywhere else.”—The Maine Edge
“A weirdly alluring blend of superspy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy and Lovecraftian horror.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A fabulous, out-of-control paranormal espionage horror thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
About the Author
Charles Stross is a full-time science fiction writer. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 Hugo Award for best novella (The Concrete Jungle”), Stross has had his work translated into more than twelve languages. In addition to the Laundry Files Novels (The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, The Apocalypse Codex), he is the author of Accelerando, Wireless, Saturn's Children, and Neptune's Brood.