An Occupation of Angels by Lavie Tidhar

By Lavie Tidhar

After Archangels materialise over the bloodbaths of WWII, they absorb place of dwelling in many of the world's significant towns. yet what may take place if, greater than region of a century later, whatever in some way controlled to kill those superb beings? Killarney is aware and, as an agent operating for the Bureau, a British business enterprise that is so mystery it does not formally exist, she reveals herself embroiled within the effects as, one after the other, the Archangels die. Assigned to track a lacking cryptographer notion to have details at the murders, she travels from England, via France, heading for the frozen wastes of the USSR. yet there is an unknown 3rd celebration motive on preventing her, and there is God, who additionally has an schedule. no longer figuring out who's good friend and who's foe, and with just a short glimpse of a swastika on angel wings as good details, Killarney struggles to stay alive lengthy sufficient to glean enough details to place jointly the items of the puzzle and entire what's, with no them, an most unlikely venture.

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I returned to my cabin, climbed up to the top bunk, stretched out, and slept. My dreams were troubled, and took me back to Lubyanka, to the dark, small cell and the dark angel, Azrael, and that terrible voice saying, but I have. I felt a soft hand caressing my neck, then moving down, and somehow I was freed of the shackles. I stood up and turned slowly, and faced Sophie Stockard. Sophie Stockard: grey eyes like the calm before a storm, set like stones into a heart-shaped face devoid of all colour.

Seago sat alone at a corner table, smoking. The stub of one cigarette was already in the ashtray. ” He didn’t wait for an answer but poured the dark liquid into a small china cup and another helping into his own. I sat opposite him, stretching out my legs. When I drank, the coffee rushed through my system, the organism gearing up, charged and ready to fight again. It felt good. “Look, Killarney,” Seago said, “I want you to know I didn’t have anything to do with not briefing you beforehand. In fact, I think it was irresponsible.

Not knowing the full extent of the mission doesn’t worry me; in fact I prefer it that way; if the executive in the field knew too much about the mission she would begin worrying. I prefer relying on myself to figure it out without getting killed, but what I didn’t like was that they had tried very hard to make it sound routine, and they had lied. ” I’d asked the clerk at Avis, and she’d said the call had come through the day before. Which meant this was no holiday away in Paris, no simple missing person job; this was the real thing and all bets were off.

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