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Publisher's Summary

Someone is killing Britain's warlocks.

Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

Meanwhile, a brother and sister escape from a top-secret research facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. Once subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary humans with extraordinary abilities, then prisoners of war in the vast Soviet 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 drawn back into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And as he strives to protect Queen and country, he's forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.

©2012 Ian Tregillis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"...engrossing....Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology...." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Morgan Hughes
  • 23-12-2012

A sequel that doesn't disappoint.

I had previously listened to 'Bitter Seeds' and although it took a while to grow on me, I was very excited to listen to this sequel. I really enjoyed it; the narration is actually better than bitter seeds, and I'm now on tenterhooks for the finale of the Milkweed story...

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  • Mr
  • 06-03-2012

A disaster due to the narrator

I have got to Chapter 2 of this audiobook and if there was any way of returning it to Audible for a refund or exchange I would do just that. The plot so far is set mainly in the UK during the 1960s (never the USA) and if read in a British voice it would be entertaining if at times a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately this book is rendered surreal by the American narrator who tries his best to read the voices of the British characters in English, then slips back into American whilst reading the text.

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  • Alan
  • 23-01-2012

A poor story poorly told

This is possibly the worst audio book I've ever listened to. It's a confusing book with an awful storyline and to make matters worse, the narration is terrible. The narrator's pronounciation is terrible and his English accent is somewhere between upper class and comic. This is the first time I've ever reviewed a book, but I was so disappointed that I felt I had to say something. Sorry but I do not recommend this book.