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The Odin Mission: A Jack Tanner Adventure [Kindle Edition]

James Holland
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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April 1940. Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal Blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King's Guard - men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission.



The only military force which stands between the Nazi forces and total victory are the poorly equipped, undertrained squaddies of the British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East. As the British are pushed back from Lillehammer, Sergeant Tanner and his patrol are left stranded in the mountains in the chaos of retreat. Trying to rejoin their unit, they stumble first across Sandvold and his protectors, and then a French patrol of alpine troops.



Trekking through snow-clad mountains with the Germans dogging their every move, Tanner is forced to try and out-fox and out-fight not only their pursuers but the best efforts of his own side. And as the Allies' resistance collapses, it quickly becomes clear that the small band of fugitives can rely on no-one but themselves.



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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

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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 Sept. 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,170 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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21 of 21 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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16 of 17 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 Sept. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wotan excellent book 16 Oct. 2012
By JK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book! I downloaded it without much thought - I'd taken note of the title and author's name from a 'summer reading' column in a newspaper. Someone was being enthusiastic about the Jack Tanner series; I thought I'd try it. I thought Tanner was another detective, secret agent, whatever. Buying on kindle, I was oblivious to a fact that would have been obvious, had I seen the cover on the shelf: this was a war story, not a crime thriller. But what a brilliant surprise (if only to me!) - completely involuntarily I was back to schooldays with Warlord comic, and yomping across Norway with Jack Tanner and his platoon as if I was once again spending July at army cadet camp, age 15! The plot involves the successful delivery of a military boffin to safe passage against a backdrop of the fall of Norway in 1940. Sgt Tanner is obliged to lead his men against Nazis and terrified civilians, all of course without overly upsetting his incompetent officers. I'll definitely be back for more.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars By Odin's Mighty Beard
Many parts of history were violent, so it makes sense that historic fiction should reflect this, but there is something that feels a little off when the history is a little close... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally awesome must read book
I'm do not usually leave reviews on Amazon but after reading The Odin Mission I felt a compelling urge to let others know of it's existence. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MR J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action rollercoaster nothing better than a flawed hero
This the first book of series and I can't wait to read the next one flawed hero with more experience than his peers. Always a good plot for a book.
Published 4 months ago by David CAve
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery would use
Fast delivery would use again
Published 5 months ago by David Rackham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read
Published 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 10 months ago by M Y T KARUNARATNA
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