The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files Series) [NOOK Book]

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The name is Howard. Bob Howard. Please don't hurt me...

Bob Howard, geekish demonology hacker for The Laundry, must stop a ruthless billionaire from unleashing an eldritch horror, codenamed "Jennifer Morgue" from the ocean's depths for ...
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The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files Series)

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Overview

The name is Howard. Bob Howard. Please don't hurt me...

Bob Howard, geekish demonology hacker for The Laundry, must stop a ruthless billionaire from unleashing an eldritch horror, codenamed "Jennifer Morgue" from the ocean's depths for the purpose of ruling the world...




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Publishers Weekly
In this alternately chilling and hilarious sequel to The Atrocity Archives (2004) from Hugo-winner Stross, Bob Howard is a computer bergeek employed by the Laundry, a secret British agency assigned to clean up incursions from other realities caused by the inadvertent manipulation of complex mathematical equations: in other words, magic. In 1975, the CIA used Howard Hughes's Glomar Explorer in a bungled attempt to raise a sunken Soviet submarine in order to access the Jennifer Morgue, an occult device that allows communication with the dead. Now a ruthless billionaire intends to try again, even if by doing so he awakens the Great Old Ones, who thwarted the earlier expedition. It's up to Bob and a collection of British eccentrics even Monty Python would consider odd to stop the bad guy and save the world, while getting receipts for all expenditures or else face the most dreaded menace of all: the Laundry's own auditors. Stross has a marvelous time making eldritch horror appear commonplace in the face of bureaucracy. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"If this keeps up, 'Strossian' is going to become a sci-fi adjective."  —The Kansas City Star

"Charles Stross owns the cutting edge of science fiction."  —James Patrick Kelly, author, "Think Like a Dinosaur," a Hugo Award–winning story

"A brauvera display of intelligent action and real human characters amid eldritch menaces!"  S. M. Stirling, author, Island in the Sea of Time trilogy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440660672
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: A Laundry Files Novel , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 47,929
  • File size: 431 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He holds degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist. He is now a full-time writer.


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  • Anonymous

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    Bond and Blowfeld

    With demons and more edge of your seat everything:gun play, romance and monologs

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Cthulhu meets James Bond

    The follow up to The Atrocity Archives right now this is my favorite of the set. A new mission for Bob Howard the hero from the first book, following a James Bond script. A femme fatale for a partner, the classic good girl, and an evil villain and a Deep one artifact what more could you wish for, and with out any spoilers a real twist for an ending. The best of his Bob Howard books so far like my other review if you like either of these genres you should read this book. The short story is good too and the essay on the Bond books is really worth the read as well.

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

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    once again Get Smart occurring in a technological paranormal world

    In 1975 needing something bigger than a marine assault carrier, the CIA with British support borrowed (their definition of the word; others might say eminent domain theft) Howard Hughes's Glomar Explorer to raise a sunken Soviet Golf-II ballistics missile submarine. The K-129 sub contained a special gizmo that enabled the living to communicate with the dead; they failed in their attempt not because of a Russian trawler at the site reminding the agents of international treaty law that the Commies ignore as much as the West when its convenient; they flopped because the Great Old Ones prevented them from taking out the ¿trash¿..<BR/><BR/>However, their efforts did not go unnoticed. Billionaire Ellis Billington wants the device because he believes the technology combined with his wealth, influence and ruthlessness will enable him to rule the world. He has no compunctions about awakening the Great Old Ones. The British Laundry top secret agency assigns recently promoted from the lowest job of geek Repairman to the lowest managerial job holder Bob Howard whose position is where the sh*t of ethereal mathematics (magic to non bureaucrats) cannot roll down any further. His newest assignment is to prevent Ellis from succeeding. His per diem is limited and the accountants demand receipts for any expense by those truly running the government, the bottom line auditors who understand waste, abuse and fraud as acceptable practices for desk jockeys like top management and accountants; an excess pound or a Euro not preauthorized comes out of the field agent¿s pocket.<BR/><BR/>The sequel to the ATROCITY ARCHIVES is once again Get Smart occurring in a technological paranormal world. Bob battles with Ellis and his human minion, supernatural combatants and worst yet the bureaucracy starting with his Smart transportation issues to get to the location. Fans will enjoy this madcap satirical espionage thriller as Charles Stross pokes fun at inane British government regulations that hamper employees from effectively doing their jobs while costing the taxpayer a lot more in oversight than the actual expense. This is how magically a hammer used to cost several hundred dollars (pre Gore Reinventing Government) in America.

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