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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,642 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: Gideon Emery Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laundry Files Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464048555
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For outstanding heroism in the field (despite himself), computational demonologist Bob Howard is on the fast track for promotion to management within the Laundry, the super-secret British government agency tasked with defending the realm from occult threats. Assigned to External Assets, Bob discovers the company (unofficially) employs freelance agents to deal with sensitive situations that may embarrass queen and country.

So when Ray Schiller—an American televangelist with the uncanny ability to miraculously heal the ill—becomes uncomfortably close to the prime minister, External Assets dispatches the brilliant, beautiful, and entirely unpredictable Persephone Hazard to infiltrate the Golden Promise Ministries and discover why the preacher is so interested in British politics. And it’s Bob’s job to make sure Persephone doesn’t cause an international incident.

But it’s a supernatural incident that Bob needs to worry about—a global threat even the Laundry may be unable to clean up.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stross gives readers a British superspy with a long-term girlfriend, no fashion sense, and an aversion to martinis.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] solid spy/horror story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stross’ irreverent, provocative, often unsettling and undeniably effective brew seethes with allusions to other works of literature, film, music and what-all—it’s integral to the fun. Readers familiar with Stross’ dazzling science fiction should relish this change of pace and direction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, 2012
  • Winner of the 2013 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Franz | 2/15/2014

    " Considering it was science fiction, which I don't like, this was pretty good. Still, hard to follow in some parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Elliott | 1/29/2014

    " This was a fun continuation of the insane career of Bob Howard as he defends the rest of us from the unimaginable horrors which are starting to take an interest in the world. Some reviewers have complained that it is not groundbreaking like the series was when it started, but I was not expecting that, and enjoyed continuing along on the ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 1/18/2014

    " Best yet of the Laundry novels, in my opinion. Charlie Stross keeps getting better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janne | 1/15/2014

    " Modesty Blaise meets Call of Cthulhu. Ah, those were the days... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Goldsmith | 1/14/2014

    " Ecellent follow on to The Fuller Memorandum. Bob Howard's job in the Laundry just got a whole lot tougher. Delightful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Presson | 12/3/2013

    " Another enjoyable installment in the Laundry Files. Well recommended for anyone who has read the previous books and just as good for new comers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 11/28/2013

    " Return to the world of The Laundry, James Bond meets Cthulu and then it gets darker. It follows through with the geek in jokes, although this time it's almost serious, is the world really coming to an end? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish Graboske | 11/11/2013

    " Love the Laundry novels! Especially liked how Stross works the Lovecraft mythos into the Western Isles of Scotland. Charles Stross has a whole different take on the Singularity! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Southwell | 11/2/2013

    " Wonderfully funny, quirky and downright frightening at times - a typical and excellent Laundry book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 10/19/2013

    " More of the same from Stross. I liked this one better than the previous, but still a time killer rather than something I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon Thomason | 8/29/2013

    " Loved the first book of the series, but just not enough new reveal for me as the series drags on...really want to like this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/25/2013

    " Not as much fun as its predecessor, and I'm not quite sure why not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Graham | 6/16/2013

    " The climax is a bit more ambiguous than might serve the reader. Bob Howard once again meets the adherents of the One True Religion and treats them as appropriate. The secret history aspect gets more stretched, deliberately. We'll have to see in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur | 4/19/2013

    " WONDERFUL addition to the Laundry series. Was almost as good as the first book in the series, which is a definite improvement over the last couple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/2/2013

    " Another fine addition to "The Laundry Files". I just adore this series and the audiobook versions are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petar | 2/4/2013

    " Perfect summer reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Day | 12/29/2012

    " Wow. The Christian right will love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 12/23/2012

    " Really enjoyable, but a little simple. This is a modern pulp novel for geeks. "

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