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The Rook (Rook Files #1) (Paperback)

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The story begins with the main character, a woman named Myffanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas standing in a London park at night, in the pouring rain, with bodies all around her and no memory of who she is. There are a pair of letters in his jacket pocket informing her that the prior occupant of the body had made preparations for exactly this eventuality and instructions on how to protect herself. Thomas learns that she is a high-ranking official in an ultra-secret organization that has protected England against the supernatural for centuries and that she has become the victim of a traitor within that organization for purposes of which she was not---before her amnesia or after---in the least aware. The new Myffanwy had the possibility of escaping and leading a wholly new life away from the organization...or reentering it and finding the traitor. She chooses the latter and finds a suitcase full of letters explaining the arcane, byzantine world through which she had been moving as best as her former self could manage. With these letters and a personality quite different from her former self, the new Rook Thomas goes to battle to save England and herself and find the traitor who will surely do this to her again. A great deal of fun, The Rook is in some ways reminiscent of Charles Stross's Laundry novels (The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue), but offers a flavor all its own. A combination of MI5, the X-Files, and every secret society in literature, the world depicted is delightfully weird, dangerous, and oddly plausible in the way it handles the politics involved. Highly recommended. -- Mark's Pick


Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization and this person wants her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save herself, she encounters a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy. Suspenseful and hilarious, THE ROOK is an outrageously inventive debut for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.

About the Author

Dan O'Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316098809
ISBN-10: 0316098809
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: October 16th, 2012
Pages: 486
Language: English
Series: Rook Files