The Coldest War

Tor. (Milkweed Triptych, Vol. 2). Jul. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780765321510. $25.99. FANTASY
In an alternate world, it is 1963 and the Cold War is in full swing. Britain's few remaining warlocks, who wielded the power that ended World War II after only two years, now protect the English from the Soviet menace. But one by one they are dying in suspicious accidents. At the same time, siblings Klaus and Gretel, victims of Nazi experiments that sought to endow subjects with superpowers, escape from a Russian prison and flee to England. Their actions, guided by Gretel's mad visions, lead to the reactivation of former SIS spy Raybould Marsh, a man now ruined by his wartime activities. To save Britain, Marsh must return to the activities that cost him his chance at a normal life.
VERDICT This follow-up to Bitter Seeds explores the consequences of using evil methods for the greater good. Well-drawn characters and a feel for time and place make this an excellent journey into an alternate Britain and should please fans of Harry Turtledove and Naomi Novik.
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