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Blood of Honour: A Jack Tanner Adventure [Kindle Edition]

James Holland
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Crete, May 1941.

In the face of a German invasion, Sergeant Jack Tanner is embroiled in a deadly game of survival that will test his resolve more than ever before. Not only has he fallen out with his commander but he has mortally offended Alopex, a powerful local chieftain.

As if that wasn't enough, Tanner and the rest of his battalion are caught in vicious close-quarter fighting against crack German paratroopers. Before long, they find themselves in bitter retreat to the mountainous interior where only one man can help them - Alopex. Although whether he will come to their rescue or not remains to be seen,,,

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    "Plenty of action... sharp dialogue and swift characterisation. The whole is intelligently structured so that this is absorbing and thoughtful as well as tense and exciting" Daily Telegraph "A good old-fashined action hero makes his appearance in this page-turning thriller... James Holland, a respected military historian, has produced a story authentic in every detail" Daily Telegraph

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    Sharpe for the Blitz years - the third novel in the highly acclaimed series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 689 KB
    • Print Length: 514 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552773980
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 Jun. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0552773980
    • ISBN-13: 978-0552773980
    • ASIN: B003QXMYW0
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines and appears on national radio. His many books include Fortress Malta, Italy's Sorrow, The Battle of Britain and his fictional WW2 series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner.

    His interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum and are also archived on He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.

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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad & the ugly 11 Jun. 2010
    'Blood of Honour' is the third Jack Tanner adventure (the previous two involving the retreat from Norway and the Retreat through France to Dunkirk). This time its 1941 and Jack and company are retreating through Greece to Crete with Sgt (now CSM) Tanner getting increasingly angry at spending his entire war going backwards. Sadly with Kurt Students Fallschrimjager heading his way this isn't going to change anytime soon. 'Blood of Honour' is a fast paced adventure story in as the Daily Mail quote says 'the style of the old Commando comics' because of this it has some very good features but also some very bad ones:

    The Good: I was fortunate enough to be on Crete for the 50th anniversary of the invasion, visited the battlefields and cemeteries and later was very good friends with some Greeks, including one girl who's grandfather was a leader in the Cretan resistance (and still has a barn full of brand new, 60 year old captured weapons in case the Germans come back.... ). As such I'm a good position to judge Hollands accuracy and he does a very, very good job. Crete is unusual in that the Cretans have made a point of not cleaning up much of the debris of WW2 so a bridge dropped by the Royal Engineers over the Travanites river is still lying where it fell, the hotel I stayed in had a German radar dish lying in the long grass near the beach, old Venetian forts still have bleached wooden signs with 'VERBOTTEN!' written on them and in Heraklion harbour there's a sunken freighter occupying some valuable wharf space with obvious cannon holes in the bridge. The Cretans don't want to forget the battle.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Third Outing. 5 Aug. 2010
    Well, after Norway and France, James Holland has Tanner fighting in Crete. I enjoyed the book, taking into account other reviews I think the story telling was out of the pages of the "Victor" I read as a boy and in this day and age, it was no bad thing for that. Granted some of the Cretans were taken from the film "Ill Met By Moonlight" which incidentally was on telly this afternoon, it is no secret the Cretans carried out the most blood-thirsty resistence of all the occupied territories during the Second World War. Germans do not go on holiday to Crete, when I was there 20 years ago the British were accorded great warmth and respect. The book was formulaic in that Tanner had a nasty German officer bent on revenge in general and him in particular, NOTE: Tanner would have killed the b-stard at the first opportunity, and of course a British officer who knew him as a boy, which was pretty much what went on in book two.
    A couple of errors which should have been catered for, first in the book he is a Colour Sergeant Major, when in fact he is a Company Sergeant Major. He shows a medal ribbon for gallantry but we never find out what it was awarded for? Norway or France?
    In the next book Tanner should be given that Field Commission I keep harping on about, lets face it the men call him sir already. There were segments I found unconvincing but overall a good read, but not the best in the series. The Odin Mission takes the prize, so far!
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Boys Own stuff 8 July 2010
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    This is the third novel by James Holland to feature his WW2 hero, Jack Tanner. A blend of those old war comics that some of us read as kids, Bernard Cornwell style stories and the author's historical knowledge. Cornwell comparisons are inevitable, but the author rightly identified a cap in the market for Sharpe like stories set in the Second World War. In general the series is fun and does exactly what is says on the tin, a fast moving action story laced with slightly over the top bad guys, incompetent officers and good old British fighting spirit.

    Here we have Tanner in Crete helping fend off the German invasion. In fairness to the author, he tries to flesh out Tanner a little more. Our hero arrives on the Island a bit grumpy about the way the allied forces are retreating and it does not take long for him to upset a new officer and the leader of the local partisans. We also learn a few more snippets about his background which helps add to the character.

    As German paratroopers drop onto Crete, Tanner and his men are involved in fierce fighting, but after initial success the situation changes and Tanner and co end up retreating towards the mountains and needing the support of the partisans that he has made enemies of. So it has pace and drama a plenty, it sometimes lacks a bit of the atmosphere of the time, the culture and the climate. It's an place and aspect of WW2 that I knew little about and perhaps could have done with more atmospheric background but this is still boys own stuff and an easy fun read.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. A good series. 7 Jan. 2012
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    I really enjoy James Holland's approach with this series. As has been said in earlier reviews, the stories are woven into actual events. I think it is very well done and is a good way to learn of these events. I was inspired to read more deeply about Dunkirk after book 2 for instance and will do so with regard to Crete. These early novels are set during the darker days when the Allies were in retreat. Jack Tanner, as the lead character is not so invincible that he can avoid having the proverbial kicked out of him but he always wins through in the end in the platoon level actions he is involved with. I actually think the story lines are improving as the series gets established and look forward to more. I have read most of the Sharpe novels and think the Jack Tanner books compare very favourably.
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    Great stuff. Highly entertaining and well written. If you enjoy a well written story of this type suggest you buy anything by Mr.Holland.Would unreservedly recommend it.
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