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Hellfire (Jack Tanner 4) [Hardcover]

James Holland
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7 July 2011 Jack Tanner 4

August, 1942.North Africa. The desert war hangs in the balance. Although their retreat has finally been halted, morale in the British Army is at rock bottom. When the commander of the Eighth Army, General Gott, is killed, it seems that foul play is at work. An impenetrable Axis spy circuit could be compromising any hope the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide.

Jack Tanner, recovering from wounds in a Cairo hospital, is astonished to receive a battlefield commission which will propel him into a very different world when he returns to action. Fit once more, he finds himself facing the full onslaught of Rommel's latest offensive.

In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to work behind the Axis lines in a desperate attempt to take the fight to the Nazis. But the murky world of subterfuge, deceit and murder they find themselves in is a million miles away from the certainties of the battlefield and somehow they must discover who they can trust in the cat-and-mouse world of counter-espionage.

Hellfire sees Tanner fighting his way through his most dangerous adventure yet - one that takes him from the dark backstreets of Cairo to the open Mediterranean and finally to one of the decisive clashes of the entire war - the Battle of Alamein.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593058402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593058404
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.secondworldwarforum.com. He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.

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This fourth Jack Tanner novel has all the pace of the previous three, and is bang on form. (Daily Mail)

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Jack Tanner's war takes him to the treacherous sands of the North African desert...

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War is Hellfire 7 July 2011
By J. Wise
Format:Hardcover
James Holland's Jack Tanner books have been compared to Commando comics, which is good news, for a start! But now that I've been through El Alamein with man of war Jack Tanner and his band of gritty Brits I have to say that Hellfire was a better experience than any Commando comic I've ever read, and I've read plenty.

We've got a feast here: gripping and accurate chunks of big-battle action, we're in at the start of SAS and SBS operations, we get a spot of old-fashioned class warfare, an education in how the military was run in the desert in WWII, and all woven round an intriguing spy yarn.

Two things I'm liking a lot about Holland. One is the continuity of pace. These days we've grown accustomed to Yank thrillers that deliver their stories in explosive little time-juggling breathless chunks. Mr Holland just gets down to the business in hand and by and large finishes what he starts before moving on. And he manages this without any noticeable loss of tension; it's a taut book, fit for active duty, no flab in it.

Then there are his characters, especially Jack Tanner. Now some say Jack comes across a bit wooden, and I know what they mean but I think they're wrong. I found Jack fitted the book and the times he's set in perfectly, he's as I expected him to be, a fictional war hero. I wanted someone I could respect and admire and share a spot of banter with, and who I could count on when the shells were falling and the bullets flying. Someone with a good old British sense of fair play but not a lot of time for Jerry and his antics. Jack fitted the bill, even if he's a little too good to be true.

On a purely personal level, I smoked my head off reading Hellfire. Supped a few beers, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promotion to the Premier League 28 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have enjoyed the series of Jack Tanner and in the latest outing for our hero i feel that he has come of age.In the first three books he has been on the back foot , as he has been with the retreating army as the Germans have had the upper hand, but in Hellfire the boot is on the other foot,as the tide of the WW11 is turning.The joy for me with James Holland is that not only do you get a rip roaring adventure from a superb historian who knows his stuff,but you also get a well researched page turner that leaves you wanting more. Now that he has been promoted and has another arrow to his bow with his intelligent work,his next outing can not come to soon for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 7 July 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
There are very few writers producing anything of note for WW2 fiction reader at present, there are certainly very few who are doing it this well (Guy Saville and James Delingpole being the only notable exceptions)
As usual the books are well written with a pace that picks the reader up and carries you along with our heroes, the action is real and visceral, its written with a real passion for the subject and the characters. But with all this it still contains that element of boys own adventure that readers of Commando, Victor and Battle would have come to love and expect from their war stories, Heroes can still be Heroes here without all the sordid parts of the real world crowing in, leaving it real but idealistic at the same time.
Another excellent story from James Holland
Recommended
(Parm)

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August, 1942.North Africa. The desert war hangs in the balance. Although their retreat has finally been halted, morale in the British Army is at rock bottom. When the commander of the Eighth Army, General Gott, is killed, it seems that foul play is at work. An impenetrable Axis spy circuit could be compromising any hope the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide.
Jack Tanner, recovering from wounds in a Cairo hospital, is astonished to receive a battlefield commission which will propel him into a very different world when he returns to action. Fit once more, he finds himself facing the full onslaught of Rommel's latest offensive.
In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to work behind the Axis lines in a desperate attempt to take the fight to the Nazis. But the murky world of subterfuge, deceit and murder they find themselves in is a million miles away from the certainties of the battlefield and somehow they must discover who they can trust in the cat-and-mouse world of counter-espionage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 8 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a Military historian I couldn't wait to read this book. Very well written with the author having immense knowledge of WW2. Jack Tanner books are both exciting and interesting. Real 'Page Turners'. I would definitely recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Tanner IV: Hellfire 19 Aug 2012
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Another outing for Holland's engaging "Captain Hurricane" for the 21st century: Jack Tanner. Promoted to lieutenant while recovering from injury, Tanner is briefly pitched into dirty espionage dealings in El Alamein era Cairo; before ending up back at the front behind enemy lines as Monty's big push gains momentum. Another cracking read with Tanner as usual supported by his trusty Cockney sidekick, Sykes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellfire 30 May 2012
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You get two things in a Jack Tanner novel: first, a rip, roaring yarn that keeps you on the seat of your pants from first to last; secondly, a fairly good background to the history of the period and the conditions in which they served. This is no exception - save that the formal caution introduced by Michael Howard in 1994 finds itself in use in 1942! Long may this series continue!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
The best of the series so far ........perhaps because of the fact that the allies were starting to win for the first time in the Jack Tanner series
Published 2 months ago by Ian Pogson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fighting and spying
Another good book,full of boys own action like the previous books.Not sure how the character will develop now he has a battlefield commission,and is accepted by the very people (... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Redcapmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars review
great author ,and a good series of books based on the character seargent tanner.gritty realism no fantasy, if you like ww2 fiction then these are for you also suggest the (orca... Read more
Published 4 months ago by norman havard
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellfire, featuring Jack Tanner
I have been working through the Jack Tanner novels and just finished Hellfire and have immediately moved to the latest in the series, set in Sicily. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Hamilton Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you can taste the sand
This is the 3rd James Holland (Jack Tanner) novel i have read and they just keep getting better.

The main character Jack Tanner is great and just how you imagine a hero... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars The book arrived as advertised
The book arrived in good condition,and as advertised.James Holland always writes good material,and Hellfire is equally as good as other books that I have read of this writer.
Published 5 months ago by Roger harrington
3.0 out of 5 stars Boys own stuff
Easy read with a basic plot with lots of action all based around actual events. Characters are good but no surprises.
Published 9 months ago by Stuart Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a read
James Hollands best so far all the usual attention to detail and a different story format.
it was very hard to put down.
Published 11 months ago by Webley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series
A good continuation of the series following the exploits of main character and his battles both in the field and with the class system
Published 12 months ago by patrick north
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Tanner is now officer material.
We encounter Jack Tanner, newly commissioned, in North Africa and involved in events prior to the Battle of Alamein, as well as the battle itself. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bullswool
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