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The Revenge of Tirpitz by [M. L. Sloan]
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Length: 186 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Pokey Hat (24 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IQ8EULM
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Revenge of Tirpitz, by M.L. Sloan, is a thrilling action-packed WWII adventure across the generations, featuring spies, ships, and Nazi gold.

The book interweaves stories from two eras. In Norway, in 1944, young Norwegian Erik becomes friendly with the German radar operator Hans, and soon becomes embroiled in a plot to help the allies in the war against Germany - most importantly, by helping attack the huge Nazi warship, Tirpitz, scourge of Norwegian waters and the terror of the Allied convoys.

In Shetland in 2014, Finn is visiting his Norwegian great-grandfather when the old man is shocked by the appearance of a letter threatening the "revenge of Tirpitz". What does Finn's great-grandfather have to do with the attack on Tirpitz all those years ago?

When neo-Nazis come after his great-grandfather, Finn has no choice - along with his brother, they sneak the old man out of his retirement home and onto a fishing boat. There's only one place they can find the answers - Norway...

The story ties in with the real history of the "Shetland bus", where dozens of little craft, mostly fishing boats, made the perilous journey between Shetland and Norway, delivering agents and saboteurs to Nazi-occupied territory.

The historical detail is superb, and Sloan fills in the gaps expertly, resulting in a thoroughly exciting tale that has the ring of real historical plausibility. The characters are sympathetic, and the growing friendship between Erik and Hans is well-realised. The moral complexity of the German Hans' internal conflict at conspiring against his countrymen provides an added level of depth to the story, too.

The ending is brilliantly satisfying, and ties up the story nicely. The significance of the new boat's name was perfect!

The Revenge of Tirpitz is a fantastic tale of courage and determination in the face of evil, and highly recommended for anyone who likes wartime adventures.
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A fast paced, action packed read – reminiscent of the Young James Bond series of spy thrillers. Readers aged 10-14 and up will instantly be drawn into this gripping story that flips back and forth between present day Shetland in Scotland and wartime Norway. Two nail-biting adventures ultimately become one race against time as the author deftly weaves her clever plot based on real life WW2 events and involving the Resistance, sabotage, Nazi gold and the battle of good versus evil. I thoroughly enjoyed this very modern and fascinating perspective of wartime Norway and its relationship and proximity to Shetland. Readers will quickly relate to the modern teenage heroes of the ‘present day’ part of the story and will easily imagine this page-turner playing out as a movie. The fjordland setting itself is starkly dramatic and haunting images of the sinking Tirpitz battleship devastating.
Full of intrigue, suspense, bravery and humor, this is a satisfying read.
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The opening chapter of The Revenge of Tirpitz has to go down in history as one of the most pacey and exciting I have read in a long time. Weaving seamlessly between the Second World War Norwegian Resistance and modern day Shetland, it contains enough jeopardy and danger to retain any child's (and adult's) interest - Sloan is a master of the cliffhanger. The stakes are continually high - as they were in reality for war-time undercover agents. I love the fact that children play a pivotal role in succeeding with the mission to destroy the enemy's warship. The Revenge of Tirpitz also reminds us that the reach of clandestine secrets extends far - maybe right into the present, when the past is all but forgotten. Although this is book aimed at young people, I find myself caring just as much for elderly Olde and young adult Hans as I do for young Eric and Magnus. A fantastic, accomplished, fast-paced and educational read. Thumbs up from this teacher and mother.
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A great adventure story that draws you in from the first page. Equally enjoyable for an adult reader as well as the intended age group. As a teacher, I'll certainly be looking to introduce this story to my class.
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This book is well written and tells a very exciting tale. The opening chapter had us all on the edge of our seats (reading it to my sons outloud). Lots of adventure in it.I would say it is probably for about age 9 onwards, the 7 year old struggled a little with the to-ing and fro-ing of the times and countries. An excellent book to read if children are doing the second world war as their topic or if you want to discuss some of the more topical political battles going on in the world with them. It also tells us how the past influences the present and helps kids to understand that older people grew up in different times. I would highly recommend it for for older children and for adults too.
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The Revenge of Tirpitz is a story full of suspense and excitement, which fully captured my imagination. The twin stories of Norway in WW2 and present day Shetland are both believable and fascinating. I found the characters engaging and especially enjoyed the relationship between Finn, Gus and their grandfather. As an adult and teacher I would highly recommend this book to 10 to 14 year olds, but I also thoroughly enjoyed reading it myself.
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For as long as I can remember, I have held a fascination with WWII stories, whether it’s tales of heroic Resistance fighters, espionage or even just the determination to survive and so when I found out about “The Revenge of Tirpitz” I knew this book would hold a tale of some interest for me.
With such a wonderfully intense and atmospheric opening this book captured my attention immediately, who was this man, why was he hiding from the Nazis, who was helping him, why did he need to get away were all questions running through my mind. What then follows is a magnificent set of stories from different timelines that interweave perfectly, linking together the Resistance movement of Norway in 1944 and modern day Shetland.

This is a thrilling and enjoyable read, not only does the book have a cracking plot, but it has characters that readers cannot fail to care about. Add in an abundance of detail and this feels like a book you can actually take some knowledge from, yes I am aware that “The Revenge of Tirpitz” is a work of fiction, but the way that it ties to real events is brilliant writing , and for me the link to this added a real authenticity to the tale.
The action packed tales are ones of courage and resolve, the key aspect of the plot for me is that it’s children who are the key to the mission. Putting a young person into this role makes the tale more accessible for readers, and I am sure the target audience (Young Readers aged 9-12) will utterly love this, the idea that even someone their age could so something so heroic and decisive and make an impact. That said, I also think that this book is an excellent read for all ages, I might just be more than double the suggested reading age ( plus a few…..) but something about this book resonated within me.

An utterly brilliant wartime tale that I would absolutely recommend!
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