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…
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GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning science fiction author. His third novel Ack-Ack Macaque co-won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel. His books have been published in the UK, Germany, the USA and Japan. He has also written for Interzone, SFX, The Irish Times, and 2000 AD.