Fighting cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions is all in a day's work for Bob Howard. Once he fixed computers for the Laundry, the branch of the Secret Service dealing with otherworldly threats. Now he's on the front line.
When a televangelist connected to the Prime Minister seems able to work miracles, the Laundry investigates. Technically the agency can't spy on 10 Downing Street, so they hire 'freelancers' - with Bob in charge.
Which is fine, save for the fact that freelancers don't officially exist: British occultists either join the Laundry or conveniently disappear. Anyone clever enough to remain independent will be troublesome indeed - and it's up to Bob to keep them in line. He just hopes the corporate 'people management' course he was sent on in Milton Keynes is going to be enough . . .
Praise for the Laundry novels:
'Beautifully handled, believable and well envisioned - a highly enjoyable bit of spy-fi'
'This dark, funny blend of SF and horror reads like James Bond written in the style of H.P. Lovecraft' Waterstones Books Quarterly
These are a great read, there are lots of time forgotten spaces at the back of factories and large enterprises where the characters from the Laundry infest, I'm sure!Published 8 months ago by Cari B
... now he's on the menu for cultists of a different stripe.
Still great fun, the Codex builds on the ideas in the Fuller Memorandum (maybe with a bit of uncomfortable... Read more
Loving this series! Must go hunt out the next one and maybe even try out other titles by Stross. Great read!Published 10 months ago by A. Weston
“F***ing netbooks; you can't even use one to beat an alien brain parasite to death without it breaking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Bathgate
Exactly what I wanted from the next in this excellent series - fast paced, bleak in places, introducing some interesting new characters and taking Bob off in interesting directions... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tim Chant
This is number 4 including the laundry files series and we see Bob's career develop as he is given a secondment into "external assests" and has to deal with a charismatic US... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're already a fan of the laundry series (or Peter O' Donnell or Lovecraft) then you'll love the latest fast paced and intelligent offering from Charles Strode.Published 15 months ago by Chris Carchrie
I've read all Charlie's books published in the UK, and some US imports, many of his excellent blog postings and even some of his magazine columns, but this is the first I've given... Read morePublished 17 months ago by 3D71