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Operation Napoleon [Read] ➱ Operation Napoleon Author Arnaldur Indriðason – Thomashillier.co.uk Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plane from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister Krist n before di Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plane from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister Krist n before disappearing off the face of the earth Krist n, who will not rest until she discovers the truth of her brother s fate, soon is in great danger herself, leading her on a long and hazardous journey in search of the key to the riddle about Operation Napoleon.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 378 pages
  • Operation Napoleon
  • Arnaldur Indriðason
  • English
  • 27 October 2017
  • 1250017998

About the Author: Arnaldur Indriðason

Arnaldur Indri ason has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave Arnaldur s novels have sold over million copies worldwide, in languages, and have won numerous well respected prizes and received rave reviews all over the world.



10 thoughts on “Operation Napoleon

  1. Eric Eric says:

    I won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads, and was quite excited, as I never win anything Then I received my copy of Operation Napoleon, a glossy soft cover with sharp cover art, and flipped it over and saw the dreaded kiss of death on the back cover it was compared to Clive Cussler Noooo However, there was still some hope, as it said it was in the vein of Clive Cussler and Alistair MacLean And since, unlike Cussler, Alistair MacLean is an excellent writer even if he only wrote m I won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads, and was quite excited, as I never win anything Then I received my copy of Operation Napoleon, a glossy soft cover with sharp cover art, and flipped it over and saw the dreaded kiss of death on the back cover it was compared to Clive Cussler Noooo However, there was still some hope, as it said it was in the vein of Clive Cussler and Alistair MacLean And since, unlike Cussler, Alistair MacLean is an excellent writer even if he only wrote military genre fiction , I decided to ignore the comparisons and judge it on its own merit.I enjoyed it a great deal It had an interesting plot, hinting at long lost WWII secrets buried in a German plane wreck on an Icelandic iceberg, while keeping the current day action moving with the protagonist being hunted by those wanting to keep the plane and its secrets hidden The writing was much better than any Clive Cussler yarn, withrealistic characters and action, and no absurd deus ex machina moments It also had a great ending, the importance of which cannot be understated.Also of note was the U.S government s role in this novel as the antagonist We Americans usually reserve that role for Nazis, Communists, or,recently, Middle Eastern terrorists So it was interesting, and refreshing, to see a foreign writer write the U.S government into that role An ultra patriotic, flag waving American may be bothered by this, but I certainly was not

  2. John John says:

    I felt a great surge of relief when I read that this book was actually written a decade or so ago and was translated because of the popularity of Arnaldur Indri ason s Inspector Erlendur series, of which I m a devoted fan If so, how much he has improved as writer since this turkey was produced Operation Napoleon is a fever dream of anti American Icelanders encountering a posse of totally dethpicable comic opera American villains as the latter try to secure and remove from an Icelandic glaci I felt a great surge of relief when I read that this book was actually written a decade or so ago and was translated because of the popularity of Arnaldur Indri ason s Inspector Erlendur series, of which I m a devoted fan If so, how much he has improved as writer since this turkey was produced Operation Napoleon is a fever dream of anti American Icelanders encountering a posse of totally dethpicable comic opera American villains as the latter try to secure and remove from an Icelandic glacier a World War II airplane carrying information about a totally dethpicable secret plan that must never be revealed to the world or people everywhere will really, really hate America eventhan they already do This secret is so totally dethpicable that the actual airplane has to be cut in half and secretly flown out of Iceland and taken to Argentina I m not making this up rather than just being torched in situ or, even simpler, emptied of its contents and left where it is on a glacier in the middle of nowhere I call the book a fever dream because it starts off making no sense whatsoever and goes from there to an ending which is so stupidly awful that I can t reveal it, but it made feel I d been sucker punched Okay, I can reveal it Stop reading now if you re planning to read the book and like being made a total fool of Operation Napoleon, it turns out, was an agreement that the American government made with the Nazis to join forces and chase the Russians back to Russia, in return for spiriting away Hitler and his loyal German Shepherd to a deserted island off the coast of South America, and then giving the National Examiner the exclusive HITLER ALIVE AND WELL AND HIDING IN ARGENTINA In short, Jesus wept

  3. Bettie Bettie says:

    Description An international thriller sweeping from modern Iceland to America and Nazi Germany at the end of World War II 1945 A German bomber flies over Iceland in a blizzard the crew have lost their way and eventually crash on the Vatnaj kull glacier, the largest in Europe Puzzlingly, there are both German and American officers on board One of the senior German officers claims that their best chance of survival is to try to walk to the nearest farm and sets off, a briefcase handcuffed to Description An international thriller sweeping from modern Iceland to America and Nazi Germany at the end of World War II 1945 A German bomber flies over Iceland in a blizzard the crew have lost their way and eventually crash on the Vatnaj kull glacier, the largest in Europe Puzzlingly, there are both German and American officers on board One of the senior German officers claims that their best chance of survival is to try to walk to the nearest farm and sets off, a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist He soon disappears into the white vastness 1999, mid winter, and the US Army is secretively trying to remove an aeroplane from the Vatnaj kull glacier By coincidence two young Icelanders become involved but will pay with their lives Before they are captured, one of the two contacts his sister, Kristin, who will not rest until she discovers the truth of her brother s fate Her pursuit puts her in great danger, leading her, finally, to a remote island off Argentina in search of the key to the riddle about Operation Napoleon.An early Indri ason, which kept me interested enough as a bedside read

  4. Jim Coughenour Jim Coughenour says:

    First, a small alert Indridason fans should know that this is not the latest Erlendur tale, but a translation of a book originally published in 1999 judging from the copyright page Spare yourself that bit of disappointment If anything, Operation Napoleon is evidence of how Indridason has matured as a writer it s a serviceable thriller with an improbably plucky heroine and an evenimprobable plot, centered on a World War II conspiracy, a German plane buried in a glacier, and the machin First, a small alert Indridason fans should know that this is not the latest Erlendur tale, but a translation of a book originally published in 1999 judging from the copyright page Spare yourself that bit of disappointment If anything, Operation Napoleon is evidence of how Indridason has matured as a writer it s a serviceable thriller with an improbably plucky heroine and an evenimprobable plot, centered on a World War II conspiracy, a German plane buried in a glacier, and the machinations of villainous Americans in noble little Iceland At that level it s almost anti American propaganda Unhappily, in the wake of our war on terror and our apparent acceptance of torture, targeted assassination and extra judicial imprisonment, Indridason s cartoon Special Ops villains are now completely believable The plot hums along like the latest multiplex action flick and kept me turning the pages but the deeply dumb surprise ending cost this review another star Some books, even by excellent authors, should stay untranslated

  5. Christine Christine says:

    I guess I don t like thrillers very much I can just hear people saying, well, you re a yank You don t like it when the Americans are the bad guys Um, I m a Yank we always think the government is the bad guy And the Americans don t really feel like Americans Typical book designed for a movie 1 only one female character the heroine knows how to do anything other female characters are bad which isn t saying much 2 the bad guys take stupid pills when meeting the heroine 3 tortu I guess I don t like thrillers very much I can just hear people saying, well, you re a yank You don t like it when the Americans are the bad guys Um, I m a Yank we always think the government is the bad guy And the Americans don t really feel like Americans Typical book designed for a movie 1 only one female character the heroine knows how to do anything other female characters are bad which isn t saying much 2 the bad guys take stupid pills when meeting the heroine 3 tortured relationship which has no chemistry 4 a night of passion with no sparks and 5 a rather silly plot that s been done before in some way The only interesting bit is the Icelandic view about American servicemen I love the Erlander novels Didn t like this If you are looking for a book by this author, do not start with this one

  6. Bill Sullivan Bill Sullivan says:

    I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads If I had been browsing a bookstore or library I probably would have purchased it just based on the description There is a mystery from WWII and secrert agencies willing to kill to protect a buried secret Just what is usually needed to keep my interest and make for a goodread.Unfortunately this did not happen.I found that I was never able to connect with the people n the novel They were one sided and drew little sympathy The villans were evl but it I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads If I had been browsing a bookstore or library I probably would have purchased it just based on the description There is a mystery from WWII and secrert agencies willing to kill to protect a buried secret Just what is usually needed to keep my interest and make for a goodread.Unfortunately this did not happen.I found that I was never able to connect with the people n the novel They were one sided and drew little sympathy The villans were evl but it seemed that they were just colored that way to make them the bad guys.Also, the plot called for the suspension of belief at the way the main charecter was able to evade delta forces and assasins fairly easily, which wasn t bad for an Icelandic city girl who did not like the outdoors The Icelandic government seems to be the meekist group of people who let the US walk all over them.My final issue was with the translations at times The US Seceret Service protects the president and is not a spy agency.I would give this novel a 2.5 on the 5 point scale

  7. Carol Carol says:

    Operation Napoleon reads like a fast paced adventure movie script in the style of a Clive Cussler book. That is, just how much can be accomplished in 24 hours or so There is too much going on, too many characters, too many back stories, too many possible explanations for the plane, and too much flitting back and forth in time Even allowing for the usual suspension of disbelief that is required for thrillers, this one strains credibility at many turns, particularly with the ending The plot i Operation Napoleon reads like a fast paced adventure movie script in the style of a Clive Cussler book. That is, just how much can be accomplished in 24 hours or so There is too much going on, too many characters, too many back stories, too many possible explanations for the plane, and too much flitting back and forth in time Even allowing for the usual suspension of disbelief that is required for thrillers, this one strains credibility at many turns, particularly with the ending The plot is a bit tired and over used the characters flat and not well developed.It would probably make a decent movie ifdepth could be worked into it.I would have likedcourage from some of the characters andcompassion from others I think that could have helped create depth You could take this book on an airplane ride, finish it before you land and be happy with it.This author s Inspector Erlender series are much, much better than this early novel

  8. Alison Forde Alison Forde says:

    Kristin finds herself unwittingly caught up in a covert US military intelligence if that s not too much of an oxymoron operation on an Icelandic glacier The US military base on Iceland has long been a source of disquiet to many Icelanders and Kristin is no exception, but now this operation has not only compromised her country s sovereignty, but endangered the life of her brother and herself as ruthless military goons are sent to supress the truth about their covert activities.

  9. Jacki (Julia Flyte) Jacki (Julia Flyte) says:

    It s 1945, and in the dying days of the war, a German plane crashes into a glacier in Iceland Over the years, the American Army makes several attempts to locate the wreckage, but they are always unsuccessful Finally in 1999, a combination of movement in the ice and improved satellite technology reveals its location The Americans immediately dispatch a team of soldiers to retrieve the plane When two Icelanders accidentally stumble on the operation, they are executed However one of them has a It s 1945, and in the dying days of the war, a German plane crashes into a glacier in Iceland Over the years, the American Army makes several attempts to locate the wreckage, but they are always unsuccessful Finally in 1999, a combination of movement in the ice and improved satellite technology reveals its location The Americans immediately dispatch a team of soldiers to retrieve the plane When two Icelanders accidentally stumble on the operation, they are executed However one of them has already contacted his sister Kristin to tell her what he saw A team is sent to eliminate Kristin, who goes on the run, determined to find out what is the truth behind the mysterious plane and why the Americans are so desperate to keep its contents a secret.The story starts well, with an intriguing hook The lone crusader on the run device is hardly original, but it works well for thrillers And most thrillers require you to sustain belief that s part of the territory However there are simply too many plot elements that make no sense For example, the idea that two people can turn up on an elderly stranger s doorstep in the small hours of the morning and have the stranger happily let them in Or that a brief and garbled conversation with her brother would immediately have Kristin grasping the central mystery and being determined to unravel it at any cost Or that the American soldiers would freely kill Icelanders who don t really know what they are up to, whilst letting other Icelanders live for years knowing part of the mystery As I read on, I got increasingly frustrated by the numerous gaps in logic and the way that characters repeatedly behaved in ways that simply made no sense.The book has an original storyline and the Icelandic setting also gives it added interest However the early momentum is lost as the plot s complexity requires lengthy explanations, which bog it down It s also worth noting that the book was originally written in Icelandic The translation is occasionally clunky such as the use of the word patronymic by an American soldier when surname or last name would be farlikely to be used

  10. Gloria Feit Gloria Feit says:

    Long before there were Erlender and Sigurdur Oll, Arnaldur Indridason wrote this imaginative novel In fact, it was copyrighted a decade ago, and only now has been published in Great Britain and Canada The next Reykjavic Murder Mystery, Outrage, was recently published in the UK It is a pity we have had to wait this long for an English translation of this work, but all thereason to be grateful that that has now been done.Just before the end of World War II a German bomber crashes on a Long before there were Erlender and Sigurdur Oll, Arnaldur Indridason wrote this imaginative novel In fact, it was copyrighted a decade ago, and only now has been published in Great Britain and Canada The next Reykjavic Murder Mystery, Outrage, was recently published in the UK It is a pity we have had to wait this long for an English translation of this work, but all thereason to be grateful that that has now been done.Just before the end of World War II a German bomber crashes on a large Icelandic glacier with American and German officers aboard One of the senior German officers attempts to reach a nearby farm, while the others remain on the plane only to be buried by a blizzard and ice then he disappears as well Over 50 years later, after a few failed attempts to find the plane by U.S intelligence, they are finally successful, and a secret mission is undertaken to remove the plane and its contents. Coincidentally, two young Icelanders on the glacier in a training mission spot the Americans and are captured, one killed and the other seriously injured Before the capture, one of the men had contacted his sister, Kristin She undertakes to discover the truth of her brother s fate, placing herself in danger in the process.The tense plot follows Kristin as she challenges the Americans in an effort to find out what happened to her brother, leading her on an arduous journey to learn the facts of Operation Napoleon The descriptions of the various elements of the story are overwhelming the freezing weather, the subterfuge of the Americans, the divergent views of Icelanders vis vis relations with United States authorities, and other conflicts Written with a sharpness to which we have become accustomed from this author, the novel is highly recommended

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