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The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765321510
Date: 17 July 2012 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Twenty years ago, the Nazis almost won. They swept the RAF from the skies, bombed radar installations and pounded London flat, while a small group of battery-powered freaks deployed powers unseen outside of a comic book. Britain fought back by invoking demonic powers and making dreadful pacts--and ended the war with a devastating winter.

Now the Soviets have their hands on that Nazi technology...and the fate of the world rests in the hands of one girl with a terrible ability to see the future.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In Ian Tregillis' The Coldest War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Britain and the USSR. For decades, Britain's warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union—a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard's death is another blow to Britain's national security.

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

(Source: Tor Books)

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