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The Clown Service
on 11 August 2014
"If the Security Service is the Circus, then Section 37 is where we keep the clowns."
Toby Greene has just annoyed his boss in the Secret Intelligence Service once too often; getting rid of him to Section 37 seems the ideal solution. But Toby refuses to give in and fade away once he meets August Shining, the head (and only operative) of Section 37, who introduces him to a world that Toby could never have imagined in his wildest nightmares.
This is a great read; a skilful blend of Cold War and modern-day espionage, with a bit of supernatural and horror thrown in for good measure. There is a great mix of humour with horror, spying with scaring, delight with dread. Toby is a rather lost soul whose relationship with August Shining (and his dotty sister April) seems to be shaping up to be something rather special. I really liked these characters and the rest of the characters that Toby found himself sharing the planet with, and want to read more about the shenanigans of Section 37 and their tireless endeavours to keep the rest of us poor souls safe from all the oddness in the world. Luckily, there's a sequel to this book just coming out, The Rain-Soaked Bride. I look forward immensely to reading it.
The author has published several books, including some in the Torchwood series (which gives an idea of the 'flavour' of the Clown Service books).