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Together, Ray and Will brought English warlocks into the fray - they bargained with demonic Eidolons for aid in wartime, but with terrible costs. T he Coldest War took this end-justifies-means approach to a very bitter conclusion N ow in Necessary Evil , Ray is back in England, ' a refugee from the world's end ', planning to find Gretel and stop the future he had lived, while drawn to spend time with Liv and their baby daughter.
Along the way he meets both Will and his younger self.
And Gretel's plan unfolds. He realizes he just wants the "normal" life he's never had, and is willing to engage in heroics to get it. But his sister, Gretel, is the dark heart of this book. Gretel is a mad genius who can see the future, with an accuracy that verges on omniscience. No matter what anyone does, it turns out to be something Gretel planned. So the big question looming over the course of the last two books has been: what is Gretel's long game? She let Germany lose the war, she let herself and her brother be captured by the Soviets, and it looks like she's going to let the world end.
At the very end of this book, we find out what Gretel's game has been, and the pieces on the board get rearranged in a big way. I am ambivalent about what to expect from the next book: in a way it seems like a cheat. But this is a brilliantly plotted story arc, with elements of alternate history, time travel, and of course, "superhero" battles and eldritch horrors. Characterization gets more attention in this book, but the action is still fast-paced and violent.
Out of the three books in this series this one is easily the most depressing. The gist is that 20 years after the events of the first novel, England has won the war and Raybold Marsh has retired from his life as a secret agent.
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However, England is in the midst of an economic crisis, and partially due to the Nazis losing the war, The Soviet Union now controls virtually all of Europe, with again, England being virtually the only nation opposing them, in what seems a bleak and hopeless fight. At the start though, the main characters from the first book are removed from all this before getting roped in later on.
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For the protagonist, Marsh, you would think he would be much better off after retiring from espionage and seeing England defeat the Nazis, but unfortunately he's stuck bouncing between terrible dead-end jobs, and his marriage has fallen apart as he and his wife grew bitter against each other after losing their first child and then trying to raise their mentally handicapped son together. As I said, this is the depressing one. After a while, Raybold and the other characters from the first book from both the English and German sides end up getting roped into the current Cold War between England and The Soviet Union.
Although parts of this were a little uncomfortable read since it's just really exhausting to see how depressing it is, it's also really fascinating to see how everything ends up getting set up for the final conclusion. I had previously listened to 'Bitter Seeds' and although it took a while to grow on me, I was very excited to listen to this sequel. I really enjoyed it; the narration is actually better than bitter seeds, and I'm now on tenterhooks for the finale of the Milkweed story I have got to Chapter 2 of this audiobook and if there was any way of returning it to Audible for a refund or exchange I would do just that.
The plot so far is set mainly in the UK during the s never the USA and if read in a British voice it would be entertaining if at times a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately this book is rendered surreal by the American narrator who tries his best to read the voices of the British characters in English, then slips back into American whilst reading the text.
This is possibly the worst audio book I've ever listened to. It's a confusing book with an awful storyline and to make matters worse, the narration is terrible. The narrator's pronounciation is terrible and his English accent is somewhere between upper class and comic. This is the first time I've ever reviewed a book, but I was so disappointed that I felt I had to say something. Sorry but I do not recommend this book. Your audiobook is waiting…. By: Ian Tregillis. Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau. Series: Milkweed Triptych , Book 2. Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins. People who bought this also bought Outland By: Dennis E.
Bray Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins Unabridged Overall. The Algebraist By: Iain M. Free Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins Unabridged Overall. Publisher's Summary Someone is killing Britain's warlocks. Also listen to the first book, Bitter Seeds. Critic Reviews " Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews.
Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Phenomenal sequel Surprising, unconventional, exciting, and the ending leaves you wanting the third book NOW. Teri santa cruz, CA, United States Extremely original and sets up the 3rd book well This may be even better than the first book. Lindsey A Great Sequel Milkweed is back, two decades after we last left them. Amazon Customer Brilliant What did you love best about The Coldest War?
Flavius Krakdaddius Belanger Andy The Perfect Sequel! David Bouis Bleaker second installment for a bleak series Out of the three books in this series this one is easily the most depressing. Show More. Morgan Hughes A sequel that doesn't disappoint. Mr A disaster due to the narrator I have got to Chapter 2 of this audiobook and if there was any way of returning it to Audible for a refund or exchange I would do just that.
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Alan A poor story poorly told This is possibly the worst audio book I've ever listened to. Share This eBook:. Add to Wishlist. Instant Download. Description eBook Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book!
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