Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds

Book - 2010
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It's 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between

Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.

When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities--a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present--Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright losswould be.

Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, the tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765321503
Branch Call Number: PS3620.R4446 B58 2010
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 22, 2015

Bitter Seeds is a WWII spy novel in which there really are Nazi supermen and Britain uses warlocks and the supernatural to counter their power. There are a number of serious themes in the novel, most notably that the good guys have to become like the bad guys to win. While the story is good it isn’t much fun. It’s too much John LeCarre and not enough Ian Fleming. In a strange way I was reminded of No Country for Old Men.

JeremiahSutherland Jan 27, 2014

Some great ideas on the science side. Too bad the author is vying with Norman Mailer to produce literature instead of a novel.
Much angst, soul searching and boring repetition. If anything, this book is the best of the 3. They become progressively worse until the reader is begging for someone to put the characters out of their misery.

ChristchurchLib Jan 22, 2014

"A mad scientist's super-powered army fights supernatural creatures conjured by occult practitioners in this compelling debut. As World War II threatens to engulf Europe, Herr Doktor von Westarp purchases orphans and sets to work transforming them into Übermenschen. Meanwhile, British secret agent Raybould Marsh recruits his old friend, warlock Will Beauclerk, to summon demons as part of an extra-dimensional counterattack. If you enjoy action-packed alternate history, check out this opening installment of the Milkweed Triptych, followed by The Coldest War and Necessary Evil." Fantasy January 2014 newsletter

Jan 05, 2012

I don't have time to go into detail here, but if you love Science Monster tales this is for you. Dead Nazis, pretty maids with electrodes and psychic powers on the battle field, evil boffins out to recreate our genetic history populate the oages of this thriller. And this is only the first volume!


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