Theater of Spies

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Following their introduction, and that of their alternate history, in Black Chamber, Luz O’Malley Arὁstegui and Ciara Whelan are again catapulted into the depths of Germany’s dangers.

This time, however, they are so imperiled as a blissfully married couple. Their union and serenely lovely home place are touchingly described; this book serves as an introduction to their new and beloved life in the Santa Barbara of an alternate 1917. An artfully done prologue establishes conflict and, with careful stage-reminding, makes this episode a possible stand-alone.

The Horror Gas unleashed by Germany has gutted both the British and French homelands. Only the stark espionage and battling of our two protagonists saved America from the same fate. So now traveling to a completely chaotic Europe via airship is not only terribly expensive, but also acutely dangerous.

Of course Mr. Stirling injects existential peril immediately. That is made more shocking by the sensual dining and settings presented.

Ciara’s mechanical genius is developed with the same kind of intensity as it was in Starman Jones. Luz displays her acute linguistic talents, a harped-on trait that is almost distracting from the story line, as well as her culinary expertise and social perceptiveness.

There is constant awareness of sexuality, fine weaponry exposure, and a superb climax. This is well worth your time.

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Author S. M. Stirling
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 464 pages
Publisher Ace
Publish Date 2019-05-07
ISBN 9780399586255
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Issue June 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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