Blades of Winter: A Novel of the Shadowstorm

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Ballantine Books, 2012 - Fiction - 356 pages
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In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That's no surprise: Her dad was America's top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.

“Smart, sassy, and seriously appealing: a stunning debut.”—Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of The Descent
 

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Blades of Winter is an interesting blend of science fiction, alternate history, and action thriller. It’s jam packed with fight scenes, car chases, blood, guts, and gratuitous violence, and the main ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
15
Section 4
23
Section 5
28
Section 6
32
Section 7
46
Section 8
54
Section 22
170
Section 23
177
Section 24
185
Section 25
193
Section 26
204
Section 27
210
Section 28
217
Section 29
230

Section 9
59
Section 10
68
Section 11
76
Section 12
87
Section 13
94
Section 14
103
Section 15
113
Section 16
127
Section 17
133
Section 18
138
Section 19
141
Section 20
150
Section 21
157
Section 30
240
Section 31
247
Section 32
253
Section 33
264
Section 34
279
Section 35
284
Section 36
295
Section 37
301
Section 38
315
Section 39
327
Section 40
334
Section 41
343
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About the author (2012)

G. T. Almasi graduated from RISD and moved to Boston to pursue a career as a graphic designer. While he built his design portfolio, he joined a band as the bass player, and wrote and designed the band's newsletter. Once his career as an art director took off, he continued to supplement his design talents by writing copy for his clients. As a novelist, his literary influences include Robert Ludlum, Neal Stephenson, and Hunter S. Thompson. He also draws inspiration from John Woo's movies and Todd Howard's videogames. Almasi lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Natalie, and their lovably stubborn dog, Ella.

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