‘An alternative history tour-de-force. Epic, intense and authentic . . . electric’ – Tom Harper, author of Zodiac Station
For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.
But there must always be an account . . . and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.
Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question:
What makes a hero?
Praise for VIOLENT CENTURY:
‘Vintage Lavie, and also I think his most fully accomplished novel yet. If Nietzche had written an X-Men storyline whilst high on mescaline, it might have read something like VIOLENT CENTURY’ – Adam Roberts, author of Jack Glass
‘A big, ambitious book that manages to deliver’ – Glen Mehn
‘An elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading’ – Metro ‘Provides an insight into what it takes to be human, and what can happen when we lay that humanity aside. It’s a powerful novel, which will no doubt reward rereading’ – Sci-Fi bulletin