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The Odin Mission Fans of Sharpe will love the first novel in the Jack Tanner series Set in Norway April 1940 Sergeant Jack Tanner and his Yorks Rangers separated from the main battalion are drawn into a desperate mission to smuggle Norway’s King Haakon’s treasures to safety


10 thoughts on “The Odin Mission

  1. Mark Donald Mark Donald says:

    Awesome book


  2. Chris Wray Chris Wray says:

    I really uite enjoyed this what a perfect book to read on holidays zippy action packed and fun It's been well described as a Commando comic in novel form or as Sharpe for the Second World War and was every bit as enjoyable I love James Holland's non fiction and the same research and attention to detail comes through here Writing fiction is a very different skill and that can be seen in parts and especially in some wooden characterisation But all in all this was thoroughly entertaining and I am sure the series will improve as it continues I will definitely read the next one and follow Sgt Tanner as he ploughs through the Boche at Dunkirk


  3. Daniel Taylor Daniel Taylor says:

    My father was a Vietnam Vet and my Grandfather served in one of the world wars so I was raised with respect for the sacrifices our soldiers had made All the soldiers I met as a boy were oldIn the Second World War Jack Tanner is leading his men back to the Allies out of Norway but on the way they come across a man they must help because his survival is essential to a victory for the Allies Tanner and his men selflessly put aside their own desires and do their dutyDespite my family history I'm not a lover of war books or anything to do with war really But this novel worked for me on so many levels The soldiers are young men who bumble along going in pursuit of their objectives but making a lot of dumb mistakes along the way They are heroes but not in a Hollywood over the top dramatic way; the heroism is understatedYou don't have to be into war books to enjoy this If you like a good adventure you should read it But if you do like war stories then you'll have a lot of fun with it


  4. Roy Szweda Roy Szweda says:

    James Holland is well worth our attention either on screen or on the printed page His non fiction books are worthwhile ways of exploring often complex subjects without the sometimes stodgy plod you can encounter despite the cover blurbThis is his first novel I think certainly it was my first go at this Tanner series and summing up I would say that it was your proverbial mixed bag An author doing his best to bring his research into human focus via his own hero a British Army NCO with some experience out in India applying it to the warzones of WW2 Along the way we shall no doubt see him caught up in derring doings on key fronts and what better place to start than to see him meet those fiendish Bosche in NorwayIn picture postcard scenes danger lurks around every pine tree as a well euipped Wehrmacht meets the Brits for the first time badly euipped and in smaller numbers Not least completely lacking in air cover or tanks or heavy weapons etc They do their best to safeguard some locals all the time knowing the game is up because some real nasties are out to get themYou feel safe in Jim's hands thanks to his thorough knowledge as far as I could tell of the machinery of war You even get stuff on bullets and obscure Jerry tanks Panzer Six? Yep it was there a dead end of course but a little cameo was funBut I found myself wishing I could get to the end faster It really was a tortuous trail for our little band of good guys some not so good etc But suffice to say the end is the closing of just the first chapter of Tanner's saga And good thing tooOthers have inevitably compared Tanner to the beloved other fictional heroes of war Battle comic had several 2000AD even Commando certainly At times he also reminded me of a grounded Biggles What he is not is a Sergeant Steiner of Iron Cross fame nor Porta Revell and co I have enjoyed in Hassell Rouch and Kessler books So don't expect whoring profanity drinking etc in Tanner's life tho there is a token romance thrown in to make sure we know he aint a robotAltogether a nice read for the hols but maybe 80 pages too long and yet I shall read in this series Darkest Hour awaits


  5. Jeff Jones Jeff Jones says:

    This is the first Second World War book I have ever read my preference usually being ancient history especially Roman but in all honesty I saw this book for 50p in a charity shop and intrigued by the covertitle decided I had nothing to lose but time by trying itI think at least one of the other reviewer's said in their review that it felt like reading one of the old Commando type comic books as opposed to something by Leo Kessler or Sven Hassle and I wouldn't disagreeI think I'm right in saying this was the author's first attempt at fiction writing and that is evident by some of the all too wooden supporting characters in the book Some of the language used and I don't mean foul language as there's very little in this book doesn't sit as uite right either but the lack of swearing means that the book can appeal to a wider audience and that's no bad thingThat said I uite enjoyed the book which moved along at a fair pace and the basic story wasn't too bad sort of a 20th century Richard Sharpe is what it felt likeIn conclusion not a book I would jump up and down with excitement about but if I happen to stumble across the seuel which I'm sure there must be I will certainly give it a try The the author writes the realistic and rounded his characters will become I'm sure


  6. Mark Adkins Mark Adkins says:

    This is the first book in the Sergeant Jack Tanner series a military historical fiction set in WWII with the main character a Sgt in the British ArmyIn this book we are introduced to the main character Sgt Jack Tanner a career soldier at the beginning of WWII who is part of the ill fated British Force that was sent to Norway to halt the German advance of that country When reading military historical fiction I find myself always comparing the books to the successful Sharpe series Unfortunately while the setting and era are interesting the characters were not They did not feel really authentic just a means to pass on historical info to the readerI did enjoy the book the fact that is written by an actual military historian James Holland who has several successful books on actual WWII events makes the setting and events interesting It is only the first book in the series so I am hoping they can better develop the characters so that they are realistic and relatable I will be reading the second book in the series


  7. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    I grew up in the 1970s reading the Warlord comic and I must admit that Jack Tanner was reminiscent of characters like Union Jack Jackson and Spider Wells It really did feel like a war comic misnomer? in novel form Nevertheless it was a pacy read and the descriptions of the Norwegian campaign and military euipment and practices of the time were very accurate as far as my knowledge goes I sense that the author has genuine respect for his subject and the ordinary British soldier caught up in the events he describes I shall continue with the series and hope to see further character development as it progresses


  8. Gareth Russell Gareth Russell says:

    Well that was funThis is a breezy action packed page turning ripper of a yarn featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner as he crosses Norway during the disastrous British military campaign of 1940 I've read some of Holland's non fiction historical work in the past and enjoyed it Italy's Sorrow and Battle of Britain Holland brings the historical detail and knowledge of the campaign brilliantly to bear as the historical back drop to what is essentially a Commando storyI just hope the rest of the series is as enjoyable as this was


  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    I enjoyed the book and it was full of great details about a lesser known campaign during the warIt would possibly have been even better if the main character was not so much of an archetype the tough as nails sergeant who is too good to be real knows better than all the officers and is very much the type of character that would be played by John Wayne He's basically the WWII version of SharpeI would recommend it as a fun read and will probably read the seuels at a later date


  10. Sonny Sonny says:

    Sergeant Jack Tanner of the Kings Own Yorkshire Rangers is fighting his way through 1940 Norway trying to catch up with the retreating British army Along the way he has picked up a mysterious civilian he has vowed to a dying Colonel to keep out of German hands and get him to Britain if he canActually my rating is 3 12 stars but I always round up since Goodreads does not allow 12 stars It's a pretty good war novel but it is sluggish in some areas Still debating on whether or not to put the second in the series on my to read list


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