The Rhesus Chart [NOOK Book]

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As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry—the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats—Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do—especially when those shadows hide an occult...
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The Rhesus Chart

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Overview

As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry—the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats—Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do—especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus.



Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection—an array of unusual symptoms such as superstrength and -speed, an uncanny talent for mind control, an extreme allergic reaction to sunlight, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. While his department is tangled up in bureaucratic red tape (and Buffy reruns), debating how to stop the rash of vampirism, Bob digs deeper into the bank’s history—only to uncover a bloodcurdling conspiracy between men and monsters...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Hugo winner Stross continues his Laundry Files series (The Apocalypse Codex) with another entertaining but occasionally repetitive tale of a British government agency fighting the supernatural. Some British investment bankers have accidentally stumbled on a formula that turns them into vampires, and they quickly apply their talents and learn how deadly they can be. Bob Howard, tech geek and occasional spy for the Laundry, gets caught up in an investigation that soon starts to have implications for the safety of the world and the future of Bob’s relationship with his wife, Mo. When one of the vamps, Mhari, turns out to be an ex-Laundry agent herself, things get even more convoluted and dangerous. Stross stumbles a bit at times—by this point in the series, the multipage jokes about British bureaucracy complicating things have gotten tired—but generally offers a meaty story. As the stakes get really serious, fans of the series will be particularly concerned about the fates of some favorite characters. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-06-05
Fifth in the Laundry Files series (The Apocalypse Codex, 2012, etc.), Stross’ stunning incarnation of magic as a branch of applied mathematics. As always, of course, the devils are in the details.Literally, that is—since advanced computation attracts the interest of bloodthirsty entities from other realities. The British government’s countermeasure is known as the Laundry, a department so secret that anybody that stumbles upon its existence is (one way or another) silenced. Applied computational demonologist Bob Howard, whose boss is James Angleton (an Eater of Souls—and you really, really don’t want to know), has acquired some of Angleton’s occult powers. Bob’s wife, Mo O’Brien, also works for the department: She’s a combat epistemologist whose weapon is a demonic violin. Fast-tracked into management after recent successes, Bob grows suspicious when a whiz-kid team of investment bankers which calls itself the Scrum discovers an algorithm that promises to make its members billions in profits but whose unfortunate side effect (via the aforementioned hyper-reality nasties) is to turn them into vampires. (The supreme irony of this will be lost on few readers.) An added complication for Bob is that the Scrum’s ringleader, Mhari Murphy, is an ex-girlfriend. More peculiar yet, why is everybody in the Laundry convinced that vampires don’t exist? Bob’s superiors take prompt action—and form a committee. Laundry regulars by now will be familiar with Stross’ trademark sardonic, provocative, disturbing, allusion-filled narrative. And, here, with a structure strongly reminiscent of Len Deighton’s early spy novels, the tone grows markedly grimmer, with several significant casualties and tragedies, perhaps in preparation for Angleton’s feared CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN.Stross at the top of his game—which is to say, few do it better. Pounce!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698140288
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: A Laundry Files Novel , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 12,916
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Stross is a full-time science fiction writer. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 Hugo Award for best novella (“The Concrete Jungle”), Stross has had his work translated into more than twelve languages. In addition to the Laundry Files Novels (The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, The Apocalypse Codex), he is the author of Accelerando, Wireless, Saturn's Children, and Neptune's Brood.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    It feels like Mr. Stross is tired of the series

    The book has an interesting premise as only Stross can conceive of, but it felt like he just stirred the pot character wise because he could not see future story line for the existing cast relationships. :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Another great Laundry book

    Starting about a year after are last book, it is another great Laundry Files novel. With major changes all around, as much as some of them upset me still another great read, I can not wait for the Armageddon Score. Great work as always from Charles Stross.

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