Experience the eco-thriller at a whole new level in this cli-fi spy novel. What is the real impact of global warming? This stylish thriller about climate change and its consequences couldn’t be more topical. Espionage, intrigue, and behind-the-scenes struggles for natural resources combine with French freelance spies and Bond-like action for a convincing, beautifully orchestrated tale, “like a sophisticated manga.”
The Arctic ice caps are breaking up. Europe and the East Coast of the Unites States brace for a tidal wave. Meanwhile, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained, steamy Eurasian partner, Victoire, and their bisexual computer-genius sidekick, Luc, pick up an ordinary freelance assignment that quickly leads them into the glacial silence of the great north, where a merciless war is being waged for control of discoveries that will change the future of humanity.
"Masterfully paced and wondrously prescient a cautionary tale ...Equal parts Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton, this is a terrific tale that charges out of the gate and speeds in relentless fashion to a wholly satisfying finish."--Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 355 pages (Kindle)
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: October 30th 2013
I know I seem to review a lot of romance on the blog but back in the day when I was like 14-17 I was a huge action adventure/thriller fan so when I saw the summary for this book included a blurb from an author saying the story telling was reminiscent of Clive Cussler (one of my favourite authors) and Michael Crichton (another author I enjoy). I knew that this book was one I had to read.
The Greenland Breach was a heart pounding adrenaline filled thriller that I hated having to put down to you know eat and sleep. Right away, I felt myself being sucked into the story line. There was so much going on in the story that at first I was worried about the author being able to tie everything together, but those worries were proved unfounded because by the time I reached the end of the book I though things wrapped up just nicely. I loved how even the smaller plot twists added to the overall flow of the story in a grand way.
I thought the characters were all unique and I just loved all their little quirks and how they added flare to the novel and I enjoyed that they all had a sense of humour because I hate when a book doesn't have any laughs and in a thriller like The Greenland Breach it is really needed. I also enjoyed the way that the author told the story. It was detailed when it needed to be without being mind numbingly so and I appreciated that the author knew when to reign that aspect in. I also enjoyed the pacing of the novel because it damn near took my breath away with all the action but like the seriousness of it was balanced out by humour the action was also followed by some nice lulls where the plot was explained more.
Overall, I loved the Greenland Breach. It really did remind me of a Clive Cussler novel but it didn't come across as being a rip-off of his works either. Bernard Besson is definitely a writer that has his own unique voice and I can't wait to read another of his books.
I would recommend this book to fans of Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton and overall fans of thrillers that have a lot of action, adventure and laughs to balance of the seriousness of the story.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
I read this book for the following reading challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge
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Award-winning thriller writer Bernard Besson, who was born in Lyon, France, in 1949, is a former top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services, an eminent specialist in economic intelligence and Honorary General Controller of the French National Police. He was involved in dismantling Soviet spy rings in France and Western Europe when the USSR fell and has real inside knowledge from his work auditing intelligence services and the police. He has also written a number of prize-winning thrillers and several works of nonfiction. He currently lives in the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, right down the street from his heroes.
Julie Rose is a prize-winning, world-renowned translator of major French thinkers, known for, among other works, her acclaimed translation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which was published by Random House in 2008. She has translated twenty-eight books, including many French classics, and writes on the side. She lives in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, with her husband, dog and two cats.