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There are histories beneath history. Tim Powers, one of the most brilliant and audacious talents in contemporary fiction, casts an eerie light on the terrible events that made the twentieth century and reveals what the Cold War was really about.


After a ten-year hiatus, British academic Andrew Hale is abruptly called back into the Great Game by a terse, cryptic telephone message. Born to "the trade" and recruited at the age of seven by a most secret Secret Service, Hale, in 1963, is forced to confront again the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named Declare.

Two decades earlier, as a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Hale first encountered the incomprehensible rhythms of an invisible world. And from that moment on nothing was ever safe and knowable again. There also, his life became eternally linked with two others' lives that would recurrently intersect his at its most dangerous junctures: his "comrade operative," the fiery and beautiful Communist agent Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga, the object of Hale's undying love, and Kim Philby, the mysterious traitor to the British cause...and perhaps to all humanity. Together they form an unlikely trimuvirate with one shared destiny: Declare.

But the Great Game is greater and far more terrible than Andrew Hale ever imagined. There is another, larger war raging unseen all around him, a cataclysmic secret conflict masked by a "Cold War" of national ideologies. And it is drawing Hale, Elena, and Philby inexorably toward world-shattering consequences on a Biblical mountain in the Middle East...and to a hideous feast of broken minds, destroyed lives, and devoured souls.

The remarkable imagination of Tim Powers has wedded John le Carr#65533; with Clive Barker to create something unlike anything previously contained between book covers. A sweeping epic adventure, a love story, a revelation, a nightmare, it is our past and our world as something other...Declare!

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Pub., c2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780380976522
Branch Call Number: FIC/POW 4565 1


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raydat51 Mar 25, 2013

Put aside the supernatural, and simply consider Tim Powers one of the finest writers today. His gift for narrative, plot development, weaving history with fiction and characters you relate to and have true sympathy for is unreal and to be treasured. I never thought to have sympathy for Kim Philby but he, under Powers' hand, becomes flesh and blood. Kenneth Roberts achieved something similar with Benedict Arnold in his fiction. This novel is very fine and very highly recommended.

Apr 11, 2011

Not his best. "The Drawing of the Dark" is still his best.

Dec 22, 2009

Starts out like a standard issue British cold war novel from the 60's. Slowly a Lovecraftian creepiness factor worms it way from the edges. The blend of Chthonic horror and spy thriller intrigue makes Declare a great novel.

Dec 13, 2009

The writing is strong, the references to demonic entities (reminiscent of something from Lovecraft) are fun, and so is the notion of magic. But it doesn't really gel.

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