The Odin Mission

The Odin Mission

(Jack Tanner: Book 1): an absorbing, tense, high-octane historical action novel set in Norway during WW2. Guaranteed to get your pulse racing!


From the pen of bestselling author and historian James Holland comes this action-packed page-turner of a wartime thriller. Jam-packed with sharp dialogue, dynamic and authentic scenes and unforgettable characterisation, this is perfect for fans of Robert Harris, Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett.

'Tanner is a chiselled protagonist straight out of the pages of the old Commando comics...Destined to be a series that will run and run.' -- Mail On Sunday

Sharpe for the Blitz years...The Odin Mission is a meaty, all-action yarn' - Sunday Telegraph
'A breezy, action packed, page turning, ripper of a yarn' -- ***** Reader review
'I just couldn't put it down' -- ***** Reader review
'A cracking tale' -- ***** Reader review
'Top class' -- ***** Reader review

The few remaining British troops retreat in the fact of a remorseless German advance. For Sergeant Jack Tanner and his stranded patrol, it is a desperate rearguard action.

With the odds stacked against them and the temperature dropping fast, they are not only fighting for their lives, but also to protect a mysterious Norwegian professor in whose hands lies the outcome of the war.

To survive, Tanner must outfox and outfight the pursuing Nazis who are desperate for the secrets the Norwegian holds. They will stop at nothing to secure them. . .

Jack Tanner's adventures continue in Darkest Hour.


  • Plenty of action... sharp dialogue and swift characterisation. The whole is intelligently structured so that this is absorbing and thoughtful as well as tense and exciting
    Daily Telegraph

About the author

James Holland

James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories he has presented - and written - a large number of television programmes and series. He has a weekly Second World War podcast, We Have of Making You Talk, with Al Murray, and is Chair of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He is a research fellow at St Andrew's University.
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