By Christopher Priest
Within the close to destiny, Tibor Tarent, a contract photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to Britain whilst his spouse, an reduction employee, is killed—annihilated by means of a terrifying weapon that reduces its goal to a triangular patch of scorched earth.
A century past, Tommy Trent, a degree magician, is shipped to the Western entrance on a mystery challenge to render British reconnaissance plane invisible to the enemy.
Present day. A theoretical physicist develops a brand new approach to diverting subject, a discovery with devastating results that would resonate via time.
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for top technology fiction novel of 2014.
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