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The Apocalypse Codex: Book 4 in The Laundry Files by [Stross, Charles]
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Book 4 of 8 in Laundry Files (8 Book Series)

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"Bond and Bourne never faced the adversaries Howard confronts."--Alternative Worlds

"Stross gives his readers a British super spy with a long-term girlfriend, no fashion sense and an aversion to martinis."--San Francisco Chronicle



"Smart, literate, funny."--"New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman, "Time"

"Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files--there's 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"






"Smart, literate, funny."--"New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman, "Time"
"Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files--there's 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"



"Smart, literate, funny."--"New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman, "Time"
"Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files--there's 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"


Smart, literate, funny. "New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman, "Time"
Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files there s 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"
"

Smart, literate, funny. New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files there s 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
"

"Smart, literate, funny."--New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
"Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files--there's 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


-Smart, literate, funny.---New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
-Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files--there's 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

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A smart and fast-paced supernatural spy thriller from the Laundry, the secret British government agency tasked with defending the realm from occult threats. Winner of the 2013 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (9 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083V46US
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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Book #4 of The Laundry Files is yet another cracking novel!

Once again the action is narrated from the perspective of Bob. Bob's come a long way within the Laundry, the UK's premier (and Only) Occult/Anti-Occult government agency. He has risen up the ranks of operational staff through a combination of knowledge, intelligence and a lucky skill in not actually dying when the tentacles hit the fan!

In The Apocalypse Codex, The Laundry is put in a tough spot when a person of questionable (possibly occult) motivations worms his way into No. 10 Downing Street - a place that The Laundry cannot investigate or interfere without being very, very delicate... The solution is to outsource! But when you outsource government work, you need to supervise the outsourced labour - enter Bob!
Newly promoted and told to supervise only, at extreme arms length! Yeah. Right!

Cultish Bible Bashers, Sleeping/Dead Elder Gods, Witches and Feeders of the Night collide in a plot where the stakes are of apocalyptic proportions (This is The Laundry Files - nothing less would do!), Bob must wrangle them all whilst staying on the good side of his wife AND making sure he keeps his expenses paperwork in compliant order!

This is a fascinating story that delves into evangelical but miss-guided religious plotting and end of the world stuff. As ever there is a pervading esoteric and geeky sense of humour throughout the book - after all The Apocalypse Codex is Bob Howard's (The Occultish Geeks, Geek) narrative and journal of events.

If your security clearance is high enough to read this book without your eyes and brain boiling in response to the security wards - you're in for one (of many) hell of a ride.
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The Apocalypse Codex is the fourth in the `Laundry' series, best described as spy novels meet HP Lovecraft, with a hero who works in IT support and demonology (which, as everyone knows, are basically the same thing). The Laundry is the nickname for the ultra-secret part of British intelligence that deals with things beyond the usual universe, and the people who worship or try to use them.

The series started out as spy novel pastiches - The Atrocity Archives was a homage to the Harry Palmer novels of Len Deighton, and The Jennifer Morgue was a full-on James Bond romp, but that element seems to have fallen away a bit in the last two - The Fuller Memorandum was, according to Wikipedia, inspired by the works of Anthony Price, but I've never read any of those so couldn't confirm, and I'm fairly sure The Apocalypse Codex is at least referencing the Modesty Blaise comics and novels (in the central character of freelance witch Persephone Hazard), but the author seems to be getting into elaborating the universe of the Laundry itself, rather than riffing on other works.

Since that universe is shortly facing a full-scale apocalypse in the uncertain shape of the Great Old Ones who are due to return some time Real Soon Now and eat everyone's brains, it's not suprising that the last two entries in the series have been considerably darker in tone than the fun action of The Jennifer Morgue.
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Bob Howard has got the True Religion: he knows there are horrors from beyond that don't believe in any of our holy books and he needs to stop them. So when a TV evangelist who seems to have genuine holy powers appears, Bob has to find out what is going on

The Apocalypse Codex is the fourth instalment in The Laundry Files series, and you'd be well advised to start by reading The Atrocity Archives (The Laundry Files). Stross lays out the background and gets readers up to speed with his usual dry wit, and a new reader will probably get along ok, but there are frequent references to previous books.

For anyone who hasn't read the previous instalments in this excellent series: there are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know, but the computing revolution has made it all too easy to Find Them Out, with the result that Lovecraftian horrors can be summoned from the vasty depths of the Mandelbrot set with the right iPhone app. The Laundry is the British secret occult service, saving the UK from itself, but being a civil service department its agents need to succeed despite poor intel, outdated equipment, and the need to submit expense claims in triplicate The series has a strong vein of dry humour, usually from the narration of protagonist Bob Howard: civil service IT guy, reluctant spy, and computational demonologist.

Previous books have drawn inspiration from classic spy writers, and so The Apocalypse Codex features Persephone Hazard, a loving tribute to Modesty Blaise, the 1960s answer to James Bond.
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