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The Odin Mission (Jack Tanner 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Holland
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Old-fashioned, testosterone-fuelled escapism and Tanner is a chiselled protagonist straight out of the pages of the old Commando comics...Destined to be a series that will run and run -- Mail on Sunday

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

Sharpe for the Blitz years...The Odin Mission is a meaty, all-action yarn -- Sunday Telegraph

Book Description

The first novel in the highly commercial new series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS3HG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,847 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 www.secondworldwarforum.com. He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Odin Mission 29 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm typical of my generation- When I was a lad I had several "Action Men" and played out "War Missions" in the back garden. I had a layout of toy soldiers who "invaded" my model railway and played out large battle scenarios around the station yard. I was glued to the screen during Richard Burton's "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" moment and as Gregory Peck & David Niven blew up "The Guns Of Navarone". I also used to rush to my local newsagents on a Saturday morning to get the latest edition of "Battle".

I'm a reasonably active reader and probably get through between 15-20 books a year (is that active). During the last few years I've been fortunate enough to read the excellent ongoing saga of Uthred and his various adventures imagined so brilliantly by Bernard Cornwell. I've also been re reading a lot of Jack Higgins' wartime adventures and searching desperately for something new which re-captures all of what I've written above.

James Holland has captured that and more in his depiction of Sgt Jack Tanner and his mission to protect "Odin" from the onslaught of the Nazis in Norway. From the very first chapter of the book we are imersed in the battle and are rooting for our "ordinary everyday hero". Holland manages to keep the pace of the whole story zipping along without there ever being a lull and has instantly developed the ability to make Tanner's story a real "page turner". I couldn't help myself most of the time wanting to read "just a little bit more" as I couldn't leave the next section of the story until next time.

As one reviewer says on the back of the book, Holland's description of the action is superb, with complex battle scenes unfolding beautifully before you in a way you can easily envisage.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate boy's own action hero... 18 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is a great action adventure featuring Jack Tanner, every Boy's Own hero. He's a fearless, quick witted, born-to-command commando-style Sergeant who fights his corner of the war against all conceivable odds.

As Blitzkrieg sweeps across Northern Europe, Jack single-handedly takes on the Nazis during the invasion of Norway, coming face-to-face with the evil twisted Scheidt (great name!). As those around him lose their nerve, Jack deals the enemy a deadly blow whilst serving up his own special dish of sardonic NCO insolence. Jack Tanner cuts no ice with incompetent Allied commanders, making enemies by exposing the arrogance and indecision of his officers.

What makes this book great is the thrilling combination of action, military detail and historical accuracy. By far the best of James Holland's fiction so far (in my opinion) and I do hope we'll see more of our fearless hero Jack Tanner with many more WWII adventures to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Debut 6 Sep 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Fans of the genre will remember with great fondness books by authors such as Sven Hassell and have long sought an Allied alternative to which to while away a few pleasant hours. What you get in this, the first offering of James Holland is set in Norway in September 1940, the reader will get a tale of Jack Tanner as he seeks to undermine the Axis and strike a blow for the Allies in this offering. Ideal for fans of Sharpe it really did get to grips with not only the subject matter but also allowed the reader the chance to follow in the footsteps as they darted from shadows to cover in such a way that you felt you were there. A great offering and a series that will have a fair crack with many HF readers. Great Stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Norway leaves me cold this time 16 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book makes me realise that i have grown up and stories like this should stay as commando comics and not be written down and passed off on weary old men. Jack Tanner is just too good to be true he is a perfect shot , fearless leader, never makes a mistake. I am afraid that i need my heros to be believable , and they have to have some failings ( smoking doesn't count).
The plot was fairly minimal and there did seem to be a lot of repitition , slog through snow , have a small fight with enemy , win , escape and plod through snow again. If i read about the adaption made to his rifle to suit his old dad's scope once i felt i read it a dozen times.
I found the historical details of interest . Was the British Army really this ill prepared?. Thank heavens i could get all the right kit for my 'action man' when i needed it and perhaps i should have read this book when i was 10 . Unfortunately i have grown up and i have better things to read than Jack Tanner stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This could run and run 21 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
As others have said, "A WWII Sharpe" pretty much sums up The Odin Mission, and there's nothing wrong with that idea at all. Pacey, with a proper boys-own hero, troubled past and all; The Odin Mission ticks all the cliché boxes but is well written and Holland knows the minutiae of WWII armies and organisation intimately, which helps make everything hang together and feel plausible. You don't read books like this as some kind of intellectual challenge, you do it because they're a damn good read, and The Odin Mission delivers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned WW2 actioner 26 May 2008
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
An attempt at high action fiction from a writer of history and he gives us a solid and enjoyable actioner that we don't see much of nowdays. Almost a WW2 Sharpe, here we see Sgt Jack Tanner in Norway, on the run from German troops who want the secret he does not know he is protecting.
This is fun with a blend of Sharpe and Alistair McLean's less complex war novels.
Enjoyable and a promising start to what I hope is a long running series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read
Published 17 days ago by Miss Deborah A Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII Adventure.
Great story. James Holland knows his stuff and writes thrillingly and researched.
Published 21 days ago by A. G. W. Towle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An OK read, a little bit far fetched in places
Published 1 month ago by BEV
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I must admit, I took a bit of a stab in the dark with this book as I've never really read WW2 historical fiction before, but I have to say I was thoroughly impressed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to character and well researched on the little...
excellent introduction to character and well researched on the little known involvement of Britain in Norway at the start of WW2
Published 1 month ago by denise wight
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
James Holland's historian background lend this novel authority while never detracting from the drama he describes so ver clearly. A very good story.
Published 3 months ago by M Y T KARUNARATNA
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good book. Enjoyed the book as the first in the series of this story - kept me occupied all day
Published 4 months ago by Karen Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a really good read,being the first of five books written by James Holland featuring Jack Tanner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P Roper
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
very good read have started reading no2 which is just as good and looking forward to no three, love historical war stories.
Published 9 months ago by ivan kent
2.0 out of 5 stars Bore Story
It's 1940 and Hitler's war machine is rolling up the Scandinavian penninsula. A few ill-equipped British battalions stand side-by-side with their Norwegian allies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Crookedmouth
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