The Odin Mission
In a brutal attack during April of 1940 Germany invaded neutral Norway. Desperate to escape the advancing Nazi troops are three soldiers from the King’s Guard who have been entrusted with helping the scientist, Professor Hening Sandvold, reach the Allied forces.
Enter Sergeant Jack Tanner of the British 148th Brigade. He and his patrol are struggling to rejoin their unit. After first encountering the Professor and then meeting up with a group of French soldiers, this unexpected band joins forces to try and outwit the enemy in the treacherous Norwegian mountains: a task which Jack discovers could change the outcome of the war because Sandvold holds a vital secret that the enemy must never uncover.
James Holland is obviously a World War II enthusiast, and his expertise shines through in his writing. It is a skill to bring history vividly to life, and he obviously has that particular skill in abundance. This is the first novel featuring Jack Tanner and it seems certain that more will soon follow.
The Odin Mission is an excellent, fast-paced thriller, and Jack Tanner looks set to become the Sharpe of the Second World War.