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April 1940: Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King's Guard - men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission. The only military force which stands between the Nazi forces and total victory are the poorly equipped, undertrained squaddies of the British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East. As the British are pushed back from Lillehammer, Sergeant Tanner and his patrol are left stranded in the mountains in the chaos of retreat. Trying to re-join their unit, they stumble first across Sandvold and his protectors, and then a French patrol of Alpine troops.

Trekking through snow-clad mountains with the Germans dogging their every move, Tanner is forced to try and out-fox and out-fight not only their pursuers but the best efforts of his own side. And as the Allies' resistance collapses, it quickly becomes clear that the small band of fugitives can rely on no one but themselves.

©2008 James Holland (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks

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  • Marc
  • 22-03-2017

Not very good

Would you try another book written by James Holland or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

I am an ex soldier myself and I found the story a bit corny. Saul reichlins narration style did not fit this Genre.

Has The Odin Mission put you off other books in this genre?

No but I would not choose to read or listen to a James Holland Book again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Saul Reichlin’s performances?

In a different Genre maybe

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I just did not like it,It did not feel realistic to me.

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  • J W FERRIS
  • 26-10-2019

Great book

Loved this book very enjoyable made a change for James Holland to write a story book instead of a non story book

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  • k woolley
  • 11-07-2020

Left hanging

I will say l have read all five books in the series and only reviewed this one for the simple reason that the final book finished halfway through the war so you're left hanging as to how Jack Tanners story ends, or the full facts about his past. As for the books as I've said all five read, interest is kept by wanting to follow Jack and his sidekick, the story lines are much the same with all five and they are a bit tame for a rough and rugged soldier. If it was a film I would think it would be age group 12 to15.

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  • Victor Czerwinski
  • 16-08-2019

Great Book

James Holland knows a lot about WW2 and it shows in his writing in this great story. Exciting, interesting and the final reveal of who the traitor is surprised me. Action packed, just like a story from the Victor or Commando comic books. Looking forward to the next book and getting to know the main character again. Saul Reichlin is the perfect narrator, bringing tension into the story.

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  • sorkun terzi
  • 13-05-2019

It is a great historical novel! Enjoyed it a lot.

With its historical accuracy and fluent story it was a joy. It was read very nicely

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  • J. Wexler
  • 09-05-2019

Average action figure adventure

About 25-30% through the story, I was bored. Everyone the hero sets his sights on, get's knocked out with one punch. Every superior officer is either a remote, harried leader stuck in an unenviable position, or an annoying ponce whose sole goal is to annoy and insult our hero. This really got to me. The performance was excellent. The reader clear, articulate and capable. The story had a good base premise. Things go wrong from moment 1, in Norway. Withdraw while fighting and protecting a critical individual while being pursued by the Nazis. Sadly, the character development or the hero's and Nazis was very flat, formulaic and predictable. I will not be investing in book 2.

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  • Mrs
  • 30-12-2016

A great wartine tale

Fascinating plot, fantastic historucal accuracy. Very nicely read, if slightly slow in delivery. An enjoyable listen.

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  • Lingwelli
  • 13-07-2016

A job well done

You can almost be there with them, hungry and cold but determined to finish the job.

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  • Thumper
  • 09-03-2016

War comic for grown ups

Well sort of grown up anyway (I make no apologies), intense action all the way but be aware there's a few soberingly chillingly real moments, the sentry on the Bridge etc. wars hell and you shouldn't get carried away but this is great stuff, plenty of opportunities for outrageous heroics and heartbreaking loss. Can't wait for next issue, I mean book, Fantastic!

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  • Quincy
  • 23-09-2015

Jack Tanner the 1940's Richard Sharpe

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Its not a bad book, well written and narrated, the story while predictable was a good one and I generally enjoyed the time that I spend listening. A bit less slogging through the snow would have been nice

If you’ve listened to books by James Holland before, how does this one compare?

First one

Any additional comments?

If you have read any Bernard Cornwell Sharpe series you soon recognise the character of Jack Tanner and in many places the characters of Tanner and Sharpe are interchangable.

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