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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 56 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 Oct. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARIM288
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Format: Hardcover
'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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
I was not sure what we were going to get with this third outing of Jack Tanner,as i thought he had lost his way in the Darkest Hour,which was a disappointment as the Odin Mission had been so good.I am please to report that all is well and we are back on form with Blood of Honour.This had me page turning well into the dark hours of the night.We are back in the dark days of the Second World War on the Island of Crete with Colour Sergeant-Major Jack Tanner and Sergeant Sykes of the King`s Own Yorkshire Rangers and we know from the start it is not going to go well.This has all the ingredients of a good old-fashion action pack adventure, put together by soneone who know`s and loves his subject,James Holland draw`s you into the time and the place,which had me hooked and unable to put it down until the very end.It was good to get more meat on the bone about Tanner past life,as well as a little bit of romance,we need a Richard Sharpe for this period and Jack Tanner could be our man.We are left with our chiselled protagonist with his boots on and leaving the Island with few regrets and i hope he moves on to more adventures in the not to distant future.In the last year we have had three really good reads set in the Second World War,Death or Glory by Michael Asher,Blood of Honour and for me the best of them all Alamein by Iain Gale.James Holland also has had another book out this year,the 70 anniversary of the Battle of Britain, on the Battle of Britain, a great read.
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