Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry's existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organisation has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a government looking for public services to privatise. There are things in the Laundry's assets that big business would simply love to get its hands on....
Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.
©2017 Charles Stross (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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"Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time." (Ben Aaronovitch)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cassiterite on 06-09-17

Decent story let down by the narrator

Would you listen to The Delirium Brief again? Why?

I've listened to it twice, the second time my heart wasn't in it. The narrator just isn't up to the job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob. He's the hero and principle character.

How could the performance have been better?

Could have been read by someone else. All of the other Laundry Files books that I've listened to were narrated by Gideon Emery. Jack Hawkins sounds like he is reading aloud to himself and a few times he'd changed characters without me noticing. He just doesn't have as many different voices or accents as Emery. I would need to be really desperate to listen to this again, unless I can find a version narrated by Emery.

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

I hate questions like this. I wasn't watching War Horse, I was listening to an urban fantasy book.

Any additional comments?

A decent story in the Laundry Files line. Nice to see the band back together as well as some old 'friends'. A few strands left over, so it will be interesting to see where Charlie takes us in the next installment.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Eugene Oconnell on 02-09-17

This drags

A shame. There is far too much waffle about the Civil Service politics of the Laundry. I wanted action like the previous instalments but this was thin on the ground.
Is Mr Stross running out of new ideas? I hope not but the first ¾ of this book was just plain boring

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Cahoon on 04-11-17


A very good entry in stross’s bouquet. If I had to pick a flaw it’s that the ending is a bit abrupt

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