Operation Napoleon

Operation Napoleon

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From the CWA Gold Dagger-winning author of the Reykjavík Murder Mystery series comes 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 Vatnajökull 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 Vatnajökull 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780307359384
Branch Call Number: ARN
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,24 cm


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Apr 21, 2019

Recommended reading by Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing-too. Taylor. A.

Jan 31, 2019

‘Operation Napoleon’ (2011) was the first book I had read by Indrioason Arnaldur; it will not be the last! I hated to put this book down.

It was originally written in Icelandic, and then translated into English. This fiction spans the period 1945 as WWII is coming to an end through 2005. For the first time that I can recall as a reader, this book depicts the dirty dealing of US intelligence operatives who are not painted in the best light in this book what-so-ever. The heroine of this story is desperately trying to save her brother’s life and solve the mystery behind a downed aircraft that has reappeared after being trapped for over 60 years in Iceland’s largest glacier. What secrets does that airplane hold and why is the American intelligence community trying so desperately to conceal the airplanes existence? It alludes to an age old rumour or supposition, but I’ll leave the rest to the next reader to discover – what!

I’d rate this book right up there on my highest rating scale of very interesting books that I have read lately, such as: David Hunt’s ‘Without Mercy’ and ‘Terror Red, and Newt Gingrich’s ‘Treason.’

As an postscript, potential future readers of Newt Gingrich’s recommended book will want to first read Gingrich’s Duplicity (2015), then Treason (2016) followed by Vengeance (2017).

Operation Napoleon is highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

Oct 06, 2018


Aug 11, 2017

This was a first read for me by a wonderful author who certainly knows his history and weaves it into a mystery that is one I could barely put down! Looking forward to more from this author on stand-alone books.

Jun 07, 2013

kept my interest throughout. this book stands alone from the rest of arnaldur indridason's books. not part of a series. enjoyable!

Sep 02, 2012

a quick read due to the cardboard characters. think he was trying to write an action movie.

Jun 20, 2012

pretty mediocre adventure - thriller Reads like a weak Ken Follett novel

LaBeteNoir Dec 08, 2011

Cover looks like a WWII thriller but it really is a contemporary story set in Iceland, with a link to something that happened in WWII.

I would of give 5 stars to the quick moving action story but the "something" was disappointing and not as farfetched as the story implies.

Jul 05, 2011

Not his best but as good as most on the theme of CIA conspiracies, NAZI secrets. Cleaver method of including Erlendur & Sigurder Oli in what is otherwise not one of thier tales.

rubysue Jun 28, 2011

Great suspense and extraordinary premise.

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