- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Full of intrigue, suspense, bravery and humor, this is a satisfying read.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was given to a teenager, here is her review. Usually I don’t enjoy these types of books, and I would much rather pick up a book about some teen romance/ adventurers. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kraftireader
Exciting history and tense war adventure viewed through two families in two countries. Hard to put down as the story evolves. Recommended reading from nines to ninety ninesPublished 5 months ago by Jillyflower
This book is a fast paced exciting tale which is suitable for both children and adults. An excellent book to read if children are doing the second world war as their topic or... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tremendous adventure story featuring the German warship Tirpitz. Attention to detail illustrating life in occupied Northern Norway during the second world war.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer