I'm currently behind on reviews, so don't be surprised if the recent reviews are a bit sparse.

The Apocalypse Codex

Cover of The Apocalypse Codex.

Bob has come far, and is now sent to the USA with Penelope and Johnny (to him: external contractors), where they have to deal with a super-charismatic Christian Cult trying to wake the Sleeper in the Pyramid.

Stross’ style seems very different in this book: a lot of things are spelled out (compared to the earlier Laundry Files), we get to actually hear some third-person action that in earlier books might have been a sentence or a paragraph of not-quite-clear descriptions, references and guesswork. It’s different, not worse, though. The plot is solid and enjoyable, if a bit simple; typical double-crossing-insider-with-villanous-aspirations, but what can you do.

It’s a very European book, really, which I didn’t notice at the time. But seeing how my American friends react to this commentary on American religiousness, I realise I didn’t give the book enough credit the first time around.


You win some, you lose some. And when you lose, you have to pull yourself together and go back for more. Otherwise, the other side wins by default.