By Lavie Tidhar
After Archangels materialise over the bloodbaths of WWII, they soak up place of dwelling in many of the world's significant towns. yet what may ensue if, greater than sector of a century later, anything someway controlled to kill those superb beings? Killarney is familiar with and, as an agent operating for the Bureau, a British organisation that is so mystery it does not formally exist, she unearths herself embroiled within the results as, one after the other, the Archangels die. Assigned to track a lacking cryptographer notion to have info at the murders, she travels from England, via France, heading for the frozen wastes of the USSR. yet there is an unknown 3rd get together motive on preventing her, and there is God, who additionally has an time table. now not figuring out who's buddy and who's foe, and with just a short glimpse of a swastika on angel wings as stable info, Killarney struggles to stay alive lengthy sufficient to glean adequate info to place jointly the items of the puzzle and entire what's, with out them, an very unlikely challenge.
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I hurried down the avenues, trying to remain focused. Breathing, the heart beating, the blood spreading through my body as if trying to escape it, and I concentrated on the girl, Sophie Stockard. When I reached the narrow alleyway and the number the bartender had given me, there was a light in the second-floor window, and I thought, Please, please let her still be alive. She was mad to live here, this close to the Archangel, and I felt the nerves tingling as I knocked on the front door, found it unlocked and went into the building.
I couldn’t believe any of it. Malcolm finished his cigarette and knocked on the door. “She’s here,” he called, and opened the door for me, closing it behind me softly and leaving me in the room. Turner perched at the end of an ancient desk like an owl in mourning. Rain streaked down the naked windows. A small, rusting electric heater, dark red like the colour of a used bullet, lay at his feet. ” They say his wife left him and then drowned herself, and that he never forgave himself, or her. Whatever the reason, Turner is cold; if you froze him in ice for a hundred years and then defrosted him, he’d just come alive again like those fish they found in Antarctica.
We think someone is arranging the assassinations of the Archangels. ” He lit another cigarette, a third, and the earlier one was still burning. I suddenly realised how weary he was, and how frightened Whitehall must be to find the opposition--whoever they were--had the power to reach so closely into our most secret places. “You need to find Eldershott. He was one of our cryptographers with an interest in angels. He specialised in the field of angelic communication. ” If it was a bad pun he didn’t let on.