By Nick Harkaway
A Wall highway Journal and Booklist most sensible secret of 2012
A Best technology Fiction e-book of 2012 -- The Guardian
GeekDad's top grownup Fiction of 2012 -- Wired.com
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times ebook Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award
A rollicking romp of a undercover agent mystery from the acclaimed writer of The Gone-Away World.
Joe Spork fixes clocks. He has grew to become his again on his father’s legacy as considered one of London’s flashiest and strongest gangsters and goals to dwell a quiet lifestyles. Edie Banister retired in the past from her occupation as a British undercover agent. She spends her days with a cantankerous outdated pug for corporation. that's, till Joe maintenance a very strange clockwork mechanism, inadvertently triggering a Fifties doomsday computing device. His once-quiet lifestyles is without warning overrun through mad priests who worship John Ruskin, psychopathic serial killers, mad geniuses and dastardly villains. at the upside, he catches the attention of vibrant and brassy Polly, a girl with sufficient smarts to get an individual out of a sticky situation. In order to save the world and defeat the nefarious forces threatening it, Joe needs to aid Edie whole a challenge she deserted years in the past, and he needs to summon the braveness to pick up his father’s previous gun and join the fight.
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My oh my … her fingers hint the description of his—her—uniform. Ho hum. It’s fairly a disgrace she can’t visit mattress with herself. She turns sideways … scrumptious. And distracting. Edie sneers at her mirrored image, hoping to provide a perilous expression. Hm. That’s now not a glance with a view to cease an advancing foe. She attempts back, going for convinced disdain. It doesn’t paintings, yet produces an odd, fey glance of murderous rationale as an alternative. Cuparah shudders and barks; it’s whatever referred to as the thermocline. Edie doesn’t understand what which may be, yet hitting it and bouncing off it's like operating the rapids, and each time it occurs she suddenly recalls how a ways underneath the waves she is, and the way very faraway from domestic. If basically she may perhaps get a few heat into her bones. 100 toes down in an iron cigar choked with operating males, why the Hell is it so chilly? She wonders if she will ask Amanda Baines for a heater. really, she understands why it’s chilly. extra warmth is an enormous challenge in submarines, and Cuparah is worse than the typical simply because she is greater and includes all demeanour of shrewdpermanent doohickeys, together with the coding computing device, which will get so scorching that during England it'd be operated by means of ladies donning basically their top lingerie. simply because this can be a Ruskinite submarine, it has an extremely smart answer related to water being pumped round the vessel among the interior and outer hulls. This water is also—even extra cunningly—used to help in manoeuvring, and since it isn't compressible, really provides to the power of the hull. Cuparah’s cooling method is the Keeper’s most sensible paintings. Amanda Baines calls it Poseidon’s internet, and smiles a bit whilst she does simply because she is the single submarine captain who has one. it's wonderful. It additionally makes all of the cabins in Edie’s part particularly chilly. aware of the load above her, Edie slips out of her uniform. She steps conscientiously, feeling a ludicrous anxiety approximately leaning at the partitions in case she punctures the armoured dermis and drowns the boat. Ridiculous. most unlikely. yet she can’t shake the aching horror of the assumption, shed the imagined feeling of an eggshell cracking. She attracts her blanket round her and falls asleep, wishing very devoutly for a pal in desire, or really, simply the nice and cozy include of a chum in mattress. James Edward (Edie) Banister, sword on hip, walks alongside the group of Cuparah. His boots are very black and intensely glossy, and his steps are the clipped, sure steps of a son of Empire. The enjoying fields of Eton have birthed him, and in the event that they haven't additionally been winning in instructing him classical Greek or arithmetic, nor made any try to instil a feeling of compassion, they've got no less than ready him for his most likely projects with a feeling of giant entitlement. anywhere he is going, in no matter what ridiculous international courtroom he walks, he walks within the hot shadow of Henry V and Queen Victoria, within the palm of the hand of Shakespeare, and allow the heathen take heed. “The gig is ready, Commander Banister,” Amanda Baines says, and not using a shadow of humour. “I think you know those males?