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Publisher's Summary

Someone is killing Britain's warlocks.

Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

Meanwhile, a brother and sister escape from a top-secret research facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. Once subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary humans with extraordinary abilities, then prisoners of war in the vast Soviet effort to reverse engineer the Nazi technology, they head for England.

Because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.

As Marsh is drawn back into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And as he strives to protect Queen and country, he's forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.

Also listen to the first book, Bitter Seeds.
©2012 Ian Tregillis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"...engrossing....Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology...." (Publishers Weekly)

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Y-E-S!

Good book. Alternate reality, warlocks, alternate bio tech. Awesome! I am recommending all of his books!

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sweet...

this one was good like the first book. I will be reading round 3 as well.

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  • Mike
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 04-01-14

I Wanted this Series to Work


The author has a Ph.D in physics so naturally I expected some good sci-fi theoretical physics to go along with a little alternative history. I fell asleep halfway through the second book of the series. If physics was involved in this story, I lost it in the black hole of boredom.

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  • Robert
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 05-31-13

The Cold War Gets Warm

The second book in the Milkweed Triptych, The Coldest War takes place 20 years after the first. I really liked how Ian Tregillis gives each book a "feel" of the times. This book feels like you're in the 1960's, even if there are Soviet super-soldiers running around with Warlocks. I thought this book was really a step up from the first, and the ending came out of nowhere and I didn't expect it! Kevin Pariseau does a great job narrating again - I really like his character voices and accents. Highly recommended if you liked the first book!

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A cold war unlike the one we knew

The Coldest War is the second of Ian Tregillis's triptych about an alternative history of the Second World War and its aftermath. The first novel mainly covered the period from the Spanish Civil War until the defeat of Nazi Germany. This novel picks up the main characters in the early 1960s, about 20 years after the end of the first book. It is at the height of the cold war.
Of course it is a cold war unlike the one we knew. How could it be otherwise when Soviet supermen contest with British warlocks? This book provides a lot of suspense and action and some really unusual magic. At the end the world literally hangs in the balance. (Avoiding spoilers -- there is resolution, but all is not resolved.)
I await the third section of the triptych.

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Wow, just wow.

Where does The Coldest War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Easily top 10' maybe top five.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coldest War?

The ending, when things start clicking and you suddenly want more and realize it's over! There are many other memorable moments also. It's a great book.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just in Bitter Seeds. He is amazing! I can't believe the amount of accents he can flawlessly pull off. He just flows from one to another with ease, you really don't think about it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Idk, I suck at this.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next book! But, I guess I will.

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Everything about this book is entertaining.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely,it was a great sequel and a fantastic narrator.

Any additional comments?

I hope there is a sequel and that the author continues to write more books.

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  • Thomas
  • Kingston Springs, TN, United States
  • 08-16-12

Worth every penny, what a fresh take on Sci-Fi!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Coldest War to be better than the print version?

Witchcraft made science, science made sorcery and more plot twists than backroad in the Alps. Okay, enough with cute sayings...this book and it's Milkweed predecessor are fresh, new and clever addition to the genre. Did I mention how skillfully it was written? Or the superb job Kevin Pariseau did with the narration? Ian Tregillis is simply fantastic. Hat's off!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coldest War?

Sorry, no spoilers.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sorry, no spoilers.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Witchcraft made science, science made sorcery...

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worth your time

Decent followup to first book. Performance was solid. Story was good, but it felt like in the final chapters, the writer came up against a deadline and just ended the book as quick as possible. It left me with many questions about things that happened in the first book. Not "maybe there will be a third book", kind of questions, but "well, that makes no sense" kind of questions. The old multiple timeline/timeline paradox thing is kind of tired and I thought the writer used a variation of that theme to explain away some of the characters motivations and actions that should have been explained by good storytelling. Still, I enjoyed the premise of the books and found them both worth listening to.

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 07-16-12

Left me bitter

In the sequel to ???Bitter Seeds???, Raybould Marsh and associated frienemies confront an increasingly aggressive Soviet Russia. Soviet spies empowered with supernatural skills have infiltrated Britain to destroy the UK???s link to demon defenses, and it looks like it might be an inside job! Once again, Ian Tregillis captures the essence of an era, but in this case, it is the Cold War. Tregillis does an amazing job rebuilding the political views and fears that existed before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed listening to this step back to the Cold War. I am glad I came to this series a little late, because I got to listen to both books back to back. And I am bitter that I have to wait for the next book. I hope it comes out soon, because I can???t get enough of this quality writing.