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Another great Laundry Files Novel!
on 6 August 2016
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.
You can read this as a stand-alone if you haven't read any previous Laundry Files books before - but it will work better if you have read some or all of the previous books (There are references a plenty to previous stories within) - The Apocalypse Codex is fun and engaging thrill ride through Urban Fantasy, Spy-craft and the occult!
I highly recommend it as a great read!