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The Apocalypse Codex: Book 4 in The Laundry Files Paperback – 19 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500980
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.8 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"
" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Nicely written as usual but lacking in plot and character develoment, still got some great characters (mostly from previous laundry files) unfortunately they all seemed caught up in race to the last page.
The best analogy i can think of is that it was like watching a bunch of competent actors rushing through a sunday matinee because it was one of the casts birthday and they were all going to the pub afterwards.
I hope that whatever was taking most of Mr Stross's time and attention when he wrote this one, is another book that better displays his normally excellent,and original,story telling and writing skills.
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I have become a fan of the Laundry series by Charlie Stross, and after the first two books the series is definitely getting darker.

The Apocalypse Codex takes us into the realm of American retail religion. Cult-like sects preaching a strand of Christianity that just doesn't tick all the right boxes when the charismatic leader comes to London and therefore the attentions of Laundry operatives. From there into a deep and dark story of mass human sacrifice and sleeping Gods who have nothing to do with the one in the Bible, which has sprouted a couple of extra and deeply alarming books. One being the Apocalypse Codex.

Whilst some may recognise an idea which is central to the Stargate TV series, it's a dark, witty and pacy romp across continents ending with our hero being pushed upwards in the hidden side of the Civil Service. This has to mean more Laundry books are forthcoming and I for one am looking forward to Mr Stross entertaining us further. The Laundry series is definitely worth a read, but start at the beginning and work your way up to this fourth novel.
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