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4.4 out of 5 stars

on 4 January 2018
A really good read that's full of action and drama associated with the battle for France at the start of WW2. The book has some very good characters on both sides of the conflict and is very fast paced which lends itself well to the turbulent times it depicts. The book is well written and is thoroughly recommended for all interested in the early days of WW2.
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VINE VOICEon 4 January 2010
The return of Sergeant Jack Tanner in the second of author James Holland's Tanner series. Fresh from his exploits in Norway, Tanner is now sent to France and ends up fighting his way back to the Dunkirk beaches in the retreat of the BEF. Tanner has a lot to cope with, Nazis, incompetent officers and skulduggery within his own forces.....

Other reviewers have remarked that this is like a WW2 Richard Sharpe and the style is very much like Bernard Cornwall's, a fast moving story set within an accurate historical background. A historian that knows how to write fiction. And it is a good as the Sharpe stories, Tanner is a strong central character and Holland's story has the perfect balance of character, pace and history.

Excellent stuff.
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on 26 October 2009
I feel a lot of criticism towards this novel regarding the character Otto Timpke is unfounded. Holland is clearly setting him up to be a long term antagonist and I much preferred this structure to having Timpke and Tanner having some sort of forced battle to the death at the end of the novel.

Holland improves on the Odin Mission keeping the reader's interest levels high throughout the novel. The character of Blackstone also provides Tanner with a second antagonist throughout the novel. This novel feels more varied than its predecessor however I would like Tanner's past fleshed out a bit more.

A minor criticism is that the book could do with some tighter editing (which the Odin Mission could also use). Towards the end of the novel spelling mistakes seem to become more frequent and certain phrases such as 'Tanner snarled...' are far too overused.

On the whole though a good effort and I am looking forward to reading the next installment.
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on 22 April 2015
I enjoyed reading Sargent Tanners next adventure. The story as well as the close to reality happenings of what the war was like and the effects it had on everyone. Those who fought on both sides, the civilians and even the animals. How the upper echelons of the allied armys behaved and even some of the misconceptions some of the services had of each other are all covered.
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on 1 August 2013
In a world that seems to think hero's are karaoke singers on x factor thank g there's Jack tanner a hero that does the right thing in terrible situations, takes on the evil Nazi and while politicians and officers mess it up Jack does his best by his men. Yes it's fantasy for men who are jaded by a pc world. Already reading the next in the series.
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on 16 December 2012
James Holland continues the military history of Sergeant Jack Tanner. This novel covers the military campaign of the B.E.F prior to the evacuation from Dunkirk. The action is fast paced and concentrates on Tanner and his colleagues as they journey and fight their way to the coast. The account is interrupted from time to time to show the opposition's tactical progress and its interaction with Tanner's group. A book that is very difficult to put down. I look forward to reading more of Jack Tanner's exploits in the future.
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on 6 October 2011
This is the second Jack Tanner novel and is an improvement, I think, on the first, which in itself was an enjoyable read. Jack Tanner's Dunkirk story is neatly woven into the real backstory. Having read some of the histories I can detect were actual events are used. This is done rather well without taking anything away from the real participants. I look forward to further Jack Tanner stories.
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on 17 May 2018
Good read
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on 20 February 2018
It is not just blood and guys but there is a good
Story to follow through. With victory and history wrapped up in one
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on 26 July 2017
Easy read with some historical perspective.
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