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The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross (Books 2007, 11)

The secret history of the British intelligence establishment is the backdrop to the first of Charlie’s “Laundry” novels.

Obviously, when there are nameless horrors from beyond space and time that are all too eager to break into our reality and eat our brains; and especially when there are misguided fools on this side who would help them; then it’s good to know that Bob Howard and his colleagues are working tirelessly to protect us.

But don’t listen to me: just read the book.