Ack-Ack Macaque

Ack-Ack MacaqueWinner of the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel.

In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain’s best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed ‘Ack-Ack Macaque.’ The trouble is Ack-Ack Macaque is actually a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey, and he’s starting to doubt everything – including his own existence.

A century later, in a world where France and Great Britain merged in the late 1950s and nuclear-powered Zeppelins circle the globe, ex-journalist Victoria Valois finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who butchered her husband and stole her electronic soul. In Paris, after taking part in an illegal break-in at a research laboratory, the heir to the British throne goes on the run. And all the while, the doomsday clock ticks towards Armageddon…


Category: Alternate history thriller

Publisher: Solaris Books

Publication Date: January 2013

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Cover illustration by: Jake Murray.


“Fizzes with wild ideas… A ripping yarn about murder, mayhem and monkeys” – Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines series

“Powell primes an explosive narrative with brilliant cliffhangers and brings the lot to a satisfying conclusion.”The Guardian

“Full of great characters, fast moving plot and lashings of first-rate action, I can’t recommend this highly enough.” The Eloquent Page

“A work of genius… I’m giving this book a 10” – Out Of The Box Media


Also published in Japanese by Tokyo Sogensha as Gunmetal Ghost (ガンメタル・ゴースト).