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Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
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Jun 02, 12

Read from May 28 to 31, 2012

The back cover of this paperback includes a better description than the ones I heard when it was released in hardcover a couple of years ago. Bitter Seeds is much more an alternative history of WWII, than a superhero novel. Of course if you want a sexy sound bite description you could say it is X-Men versus Lovecraft.

This time the weapon being tested by the Nazis during Spain's Civil War are orphans who had been experimented on since the end of WWI. British spy Marsh sees the Nazi defector he is supposed to escort out of Spain burst into flame. Later he discovers that there are more. A precog, her brother who can become insubstantial, a idiot savant telekinetic.

Of course the British have nothing to compare to these youths with extraordinary talents. So Marsh, and his superiors in desperation, call on Marsh's college friend Will. Will is considered a warlock, but really his and ilk are able to bargain with a set of beings who exist outside are universe, and whos's acts appears to be magic.

But, these elder beings don't like humans and they demand payment in human blood.

As things increasingly go the Nazi's way because of Gretel's, the precog, information Marsh and the British become ever more desperate.

Tregillis turns in a fine first novel in the trilogy (part II set about 20 years after the end of this book comes out next month). He provides solid storytelling, and does some decent characterization. Will is probably the best defined character as we see the cost the war takes on him.
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