12 May 1940. Westminster, London, England: the early days of World War II.
Raybould Marsh, one of "our" Britain's best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulhu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh's timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the specters from outer space to notice our planet in the first place.
His biggest challenge is the mad seer Gretel, one of the most powerful of the Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. And Marsh is the only man who can stop her.
Necessary Evil is the stunning conclusion to Ian Tregillis's Milkweed series.
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The satisfying third volume of Tregillis's Milkwood Triptych successfully throws time travel into a mix that already included alternate history, spycraft, and mad science. Following the events of The Coldest War with the other-dimensional demons called Eidolons, "the mortar between the bricks of the universe," ready to destroy the world sociopathic clairvoyant Gretel hatches a plan to send secret agent Raybould Marsh back in time to protect humankind. Landing in 1940, an older, scarred Marsh manipulates his younger self, his young wife, and novice wizard Will Beauclerk into courses of action that often parallel those of the first book. Naturally, complications ensue thanks to the new timeline's own manipulative Gretel and Marsh's younger self, just as stubborn as always. Tregillis neatly juggles two viewpoints from the same character (giving the future Marsh first-person narration), and plays with notions like free will and irony while wisely avoiding headache-inducing paradox discussions. He also keeps the tale grounded in its espionage roots, providing a thrilling spy novel as much as a science fiction story.