The Coldest War

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5 out of 5 stars
By aaron on 22-04-12

Phenomenal sequel

Surprising, unconventional, exciting, and the ending leaves you wanting the third book NOW. Superior book in every way to his debut novel Bitter Seeds.

Just read up that Ian Tregillis's had this manuscript finished since 2010, and the hard cover is only coming out in June of this year.

Really hope these editors can get it together over at TOR. Would hate to wait two more years for the third book.

Cheers to Audible for getting this months before the hardcover edition. Hope they can pull strings for the next one as well.

Great listen. Fascinating story.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Teri on 26-05-12

Extremely original and sets up the 3rd book well

This may be even better than the first book. With the Nazis out of the picture, and Britain's enemy now the Soviet Union, the focus shifts to activities in the UK instead of jumping back and forth between Germany and England. The Nazis were comic-book evil, and the soviets are largely unportrayed, so the Eidolans can successfully emerge as the main antagonist. Gretel remains a mystery, but gets some really good scenes, as does increasing sympathetic brother Klaus. While I'm not sure I completely follow the discussion of timelines, which twist and are twisted like Gretel's braids, I do like the ending and haven't a clue where the story will go in Book 3.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lindsey on 30-04-12

A Great Sequel

Milkweed is back, two decades after we last left them. I was dubious about the time-skip at first, but it turned out to be a great decision on Tregillis' part - it really works well. A lot of mysteries are explained in this installment, and even more questions are introduced. Can't wait for the third book!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nicolle on 14-06-12


This second installment of the Milkweed Triptych was outstanding! Even though the performance degenerated into camp at times, Tregillis's wordsmithing transported me from my dull and dreary commute into another world filled with warlocks and Ubermenschen. The twist at the end had me cheering. Highly recommended!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 25-04-12


What did you love best about The Coldest War?

One word can only describe these two books by Tregillis - brilliant. Rarely do I rate books, but I thought these two deserved it. You won't be disappointed.

What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

Kevin Pariseau performance was very convincing and complemented Tregillis's work nicely.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of book 2 left me thinking for days!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Flavius on 27-04-13

A Blend of Fantasy and History, and Terribly Movin

Readers should first check out Tregellis' "Bitter Seeds," the first installment in this series.

'The Coldest War' is everything a reader could hope for in the second book in a series--it answers some questions while posing a great many more, and leaves the reader emotionally aching and desperate for resolution.

These first two books are woven together nicely. So intricate are their connections, in fact, that I'm thinking of re-listening to the first book, so that I can appreciate it with a taste of foreknowledge. The Coldest War seems much darker than Bitter Seeds, and in many ways more mature,

If you enjoyed Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War will be a winner.

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