On 19th May, Bantam Press are publishing The Odin Mission, the first of a series of Second World War adventure novels featuring Jack Tanner. I’ve always loved the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell and the Hornblower books by C.S. Forrester, and it suddenly struck me a little while ago that a similar hero could easily have a long and distinguished career running through the Second World War.
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THE ODIN MISSION
April 1940, and Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north away from the enemy are three men of His Majesty the King’s Guard – men who have been entrusted by King HÃ¥kon with a vitally important mission: to get Hening Sandvold out of Oslo and away to the safety of the Allies.
Heading south to meet the German advance are the poorly equipped, poorly prepared men of British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East to join the territorial 3rd Battalion, the King’s Own Yorkshire Rangers. As the British fall back from Lillehammer, Sergeant Tanner and his patrol are left stranded in the mountains. Trying to rejoin their unit they stumble first across Sandvold and the Norwegians and then a French patrol of Chasseurs Alpins.
Tanner soon realises the odds of making it to safety are stacked against them. Trekking through snow-clad mountains and across treacherous valleys with the Germans dogging their every move, Tanner is forced to try and out-fox and out-fight not only their pursuers, but also overcome the enormous obstacles thrown at him from within their disparate group. And as the Allies prove unable to stem the German advance, it quickly becomes clear that the small band of fugitives face a desperate race against time.
Yet Tanner knows he must succeed. For as he discovers, Sandvold holds the key to a vital secret – one that could change the outcome of the entire war…