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Bitter seeds
Ian Tregillis
Adult Fiction TREGILL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Debut novelist Tregillis breathes new life into alternate military history with this fun take on WWII. In this version of 1939 Germany, the insane Dr. von Westarp has given WWI orphans superpowers, such as fire-starting, intangibility, and invisibility. As they use their abilities to aid German expansion, young mutant Klaus starts to suspect that he and the other soldiers are being manipulated by his precognitive sister, Gretel. Meanwhile, British secret agent Raybould Marsh recruits his old college buddy, magic-wielding aristocrat Will Beauclerk, to the British cause. Tregillis has trouble fleshing out characters and is overly fond of worn-out plot devices-a disastrous raid survived only by the protagonists, an urchin destined for greatness-but the action sequences are exciting and intense, and the clash of magic and (mad) science meshes perfectly with the tumultuous setting. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

British spy Raybould Marsh's strange encounters during the Spanish civil war lead to his involvement during World War II in a secret confrontation between Germans with superpowers and extradimensional creatures summoned by British warlocks. The fantasy debut by Tregillis, a Los Alamos physicist, brings together the supernatural lore of World War II and wartime intrigue in this fantasy thriller that blends alternate history with period horror reminiscent of F. Paul Wilson's horror classic The Keep. VERDICT This period fantasy should appeal to fans of World War II fiction, superheroes, and alternate history. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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