Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indriðason

As the end of the second world war draws near, an American plane crashes into an Icelandic glacier. The U.S. Army sends a team of soldiers, lead by a captain whose brother was on the flight, to uncover the wreckage and search for survivors. Unfortunately, by the time the team arrives, the plane is buried by the ice and is invisible to those searching for it. As treaties are signed and the war officially ends, it seems that this may be one of the last tragedies of the war. 

Flash forward to the year 1999. Kristin is working in a legal office and dealing with disgruntled clients who are seemingly involved with the mob. Her brother, Elias, calls from a glacier where he is part of a team of seventy or so people involved with exploration and rescue. Kristin warns her brother to be carful and he, like any younger sibling, brushes off the warning as unnecessary. Kristen is startled when she receives a call from her brother a few days later. He tells her that he and a friend went out on snowmobiles when they spotted a plane. The call ends suddenly when mentions a group of soldiers. The events that follow, trust Kristin in the midst of a huge conspiracy that threatens the life of her, loved ones, and the future of US and Iceland national security. 

Author Arnaldur Indriðason layers his novel with interesting characters, all motivated by their own personal appetite to either destroy or reveal the secrets held in this buried plane. Action is the driving force of this novel, but Indriðason provides enough emotion in his characters to keep the story from becoming a purely plot driven book. There is also a great exploration of US/Iceland relationship on both a government and person to person level, that gives the story a striking element of realism. Without these touches of reality, the story may have seemed a bit over the top. Through his use of historical accuracy, emotional character connections, a thrilling plot, and an ending that left me reeling,  Arnaldur Indriðason has crafted an exciting story that I really enjoyed reading.

For more information check out the author's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ArnaldurIndridason
and http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10913278-operation-napoleon

(week 2, book 2)

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2 Responses to “Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indriðason”

  1. I was just looking at that one while I was on my most recent library trip a couple of days ago and was thinking about getting it but then forgot to check out some reviews...yours definetly convinced me that I should give this author a chance. Thanks for adding to my TBR list!

    Oh and in response to your question about graphic novels and where to start... what genres of books do you like typically? Depending on the genre I could probably recommend a few :D

    1. I tend to read mostly mystery/thrillers, but I don't like to limit myself.


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