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
I am an ex soldier myself and I found the story a bit corny. Saul reichlins narration style did not fit this Genre.
No but I would not choose to read or listen to a James Holland Book again.
In a different Genre maybe
I just did not like it,It did not feel realistic to me.
I'm a kind of Death Wish stamp collector
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!
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 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.
Loved this book, the story was exciteing with lots of twists and turns, the narrator was brilliant coping with a multiftude of accents to bring the characters to life, all in all a rivetting adventure well worth a listen.
Yes I like the audio edition it was great for my long walk to work
It was simple the Brits against the German,
It was what is was simple put a group of allied soilders trying to get back to are lines with the Germans on their heals with enough action and few surprise to keep the stroy going.
This was the first book read by him Ive listened to and I think he done very good job he performed very well
Every time we beat or out witted the Germans
If you like war stroys your like this
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