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Operation Napoleon

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  1,888 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plame from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister Kristin before disappearing off the face of the earth? Kristin, who will not rest until she discovers the truth of her brother's fate, soon is in great danger herself, leading her on a long an ...more
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Sep 14, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of action-packed thrillers
Recommended to Eric by: Goodreads First Reads
I won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads, and was quite excited, as I never win anything. Then I received my copy of Operation Napoleon, a glossy soft-cover with sharp cover art, and flipped it over and saw the dreaded kiss-of-death on the back cover -- it was compared to Clive Cussler. Noooo!

However, there was still some hope, as it said it was "in the vein of Clive Cussler and Alistair MacLean." And since, unlike Cussler, Alistair MacLean is an excellent writer (even if he only wrote m
Nov 25, 2011 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt a great surge of relief when I read that this book was actually written a decade or so ago and was translated because of the popularity of Arnaldur Indriðason’s Inspector Erlendur series, of which I’m a devoted fan. If so, how much he has improved as writer since this turkey was produced. Operation Napoleon is a fever dream of anti-American Icelanders encountering a posse of (totally dethpicable) comic-opera American villains as the latter try to secure and remove from an Icelandic glaci ...more
Description: 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 ...more
Jim Coughenour
First, a small alert: Indridason fans should know that this is not the latest Erlendur tale, but a translation of a book originally published in 1999 (judging from the copyright page). Spare yourself that bit of disappointment.

If anything, Operation Napoleon is evidence of how Indridason has matured as a writer: it's a serviceable thriller with an improbably plucky heroine and an even more improbable plot, centered on a World War II conspiracy, a German plane buried in a glacier, and the machin
Bill Sullivan
Sep 25, 2011 Bill Sullivan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Bill by: goodreads winner
I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads. If I had been browsing a bookstore or library I probably would have purchased it just based on the description. There is a mystery from WWII and secrert agencies willing to kill to protect a buried secret. Just what is usually needed to keep my interest and make for a goodread.
Unfortunately this did not happen.
I found that I was never able to connect with the people n the novel. They were one sided and drew little sympathy. The villans were evl but it
Feb 27, 2015 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation Napoleon reads like a fast paced adventure movie script--in the style of a Clive Cussler book.. That is, just how much can be accomplished in 24 hours or so. There is too much going on, too many characters, too many back stories, too many possible explanations for the plane, and too much flitting back and forth in time. Even allowing for the usual suspension of disbelief that is required for thrillers, this one strains credibility at many turns, particularly with the ending. The plot i ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-nordic
I guess I don’t like thrillers very much. I can just hear people saying, “well, you’re a yank. You don’t like it when the Americans are the bad guys”.
Um, I’m a Yank; we always think the government is the bad guy.
And the Americans don’t really feel like Americans.
Typical book designed for a movie – (1) only one female character (the heroine) knows how to do anything; other female characters are bad (which isn’t saying much) (2) the bad guys take stupid pills when meeting the heroine (3) tortu
Alison Forde
Mar 04, 2012 Alison Forde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kristin finds herself unwittingly caught up in a covert US military intelligence (if that's not too much of an oxymoron)operation on an Icelandic glacier. The US military base on Iceland has long been a source of disquiet to many Icelanders and Kristin is no exception, but now this operation has not only compromised her country's sovereignty, but endangered the life of her brother and herself as ruthless military goons are sent to supress the truth about their covert activities.
Knit Spirit
1945. Un bombardier allemand s'écrase sur le Vatnajökull, à son bord, des militaires américains et allemands. 60 ans plus tard, lorsque Kristin reçoit un appel de son frère en pleine ascension du glacier, elle ne se rend pas compte qu'elle va se retrouver mêler à une affaire qui la dépasse complètement.
Entre théorie du complot et faits historiques, ce roman à suspens nous emmène dans un thriller haletant à la suite de Kristin qui cherche à tout pris la vérité et veut faire la lumière sur cette v
Feb 25, 2017 Mebhe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je prefere de loin la serie "Erlendur". ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
It's 1945, and in the dying days of the war, a German plane crashes into a glacier in Iceland. Over the years, the American Army makes several attempts to locate the wreckage, but they are always unsuccessful. Finally in 1999, a combination of movement in the ice and improved satellite technology reveals its location. The Americans immediately dispatch a team of soldiers to retrieve the plane. When two Icelanders accidentally stumble on the operation, they are executed. However one of them has a ...more
Book Him Danno
Aug 26, 2012 Book Him Danno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I love this author and wish I could read Icelandic so I could read them before they are translated. It takes years to get one of his books because of the speed of the translation. My husband discovered this author before our trip to visit my parents in Iceland a few years back. They were serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Selfoss Iceland and we took our two oldest with us to visit them.

We read Jar City and Secrets of the Grave before going and it gave you a
Gloria Feit
Nov 01, 2011 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long before there were Erlender and Sigurdur Oll, Arnaldur Indridason wrote this imaginative novel. In fact, it was copyrighted a decade ago, and only now has been published in Great Britain and Canada. [The next Reykjavic Murder Mystery, “Outrage,” was recently published in the UK) It is a pity we have had to wait this long for an English translation of this work, but all the more reason to be grateful that that has now been done.

Just before the end of World War II a German bomber crashes on a
Jul 16, 2015 Nathalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book one week ago on the last day of a two-week Iceland trip in one of the numerous Reykjaviks' bookshops. Luckily, as I noticed there, they sell a lot of their popular authors in English as well as in German, 'cause my Icelandic is non-existing. And I knew Arnaldur Indridason already from his fantastic Insp Erlendur-books. This book turns out to be something completely different: a thriller/espionage novel telling about a German plane crashed on the Vatnajökull glacier during WW I ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Sep 18, 2011 Jo-Ann Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways. Boy, am I glad! This book was fantastic! I could barely put it down.

It was wonderful to see a strong woman lead with a brain who knew how to use it! I would love to see this made into a movie.

There was a quick pace with lots of action and an unpredictable storyline. There was a little violence but was mainly at the beginning and end. The first violence really turned me off and I was not sure I wanted to continue reading. Again, I am glad I did bec
Ronald Roseborough
This story has a lot of action in a smooth flowing storyline. A World War II plane trapped for decades under the ice of a glacier in Iceland, has risen to the surface. The secrets frozen inside the German Fokker trimotor plane are thawing out and threatening to heat up the political world. The heat is already felt in Washington D. C. where spy satellites have recorded the emergence of the plane thousands of miles away. Clandestine forces are ordered to swing into action, letting nothing stand in ...more
Roni Nainiger
Feb 09, 2017 Roni Nainiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not often give a 5 star rating....I thought this book was amazing! I love Arnaldur Indridason. And I have read everything of his that I can get my hands on. This story kept me so engaged and excited to turn the next page. The spoilers...except to say that I LOVED it!! I highly recommend this book.
Sep 14, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Indridason's Operation Napoleon through Goodreads, and I was so glad that I did. This is actually the second book from Indridason that I have read although I hadn't realized it until later having read Silence of the Grave for a book club read. I enjoyed Operation Napoleon much more than the other book largely because it is a stand alone thriller that I was able to follow much more easily. Indridason does an excellent job at developing his main character, K ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Shari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Is it because Indridason is writing in a slightly different genre than his Erlendur mysteries, or is it the translator? The narrative is clunky, at times -- it doesn't flow. This is one of those times when I wish I could read the original language so that I would know for sure that the translation is smart and true.

A heroine who is irritating, impatient and too often thoughtless and impulsive -- not smart enough to fully assess the situations she finds herself in. There are bad guys, certainly,
Julien-colin Bougie
Emballe-toi dans le papier d'alu et achète-toi un billet pour Reykjavík. Lance-toi à bras ouverts dans le précipice de la conspiration.

Rencontre des personnages qui agissent selon des motivations inexplicables, au mieux invraisemblables. Découvre une héroïne sans aucun instinct de survie. Partage un doux moment avec des agents secrets psychopathes qui sont incapables de préserver un seul secret. Délecte-toi de puissants oxymores et antithèses, comme celui-ci : "Le ministre soupesa toutes ses op
Feb 24, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery-etc, 2014
If this were the first book I'd read by this author, I wouldn't have bothered reading any more by him. Fortunately I had read and enjoyed a couple of others, which apparently were written after this earlier attempt. This wasn't really poorly written in the sense of the writing style itself, but that's about all the good I can say about it.

Also, anyone translating into English should know not to have American characters saying "whilst" instead of "while". That's pretty much Translation 101. Okay,
Jennifer S. Alderson
May 09, 2016 Jennifer S. Alderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Enjoyed this book thoroughly! Well developed plot and characters. Good combination of the WWII past and present day. Consider this to be a thriller and mystery. Somehow a bit disappointed with the ending, which is why I'm giving it 4 not 5 stars.
Jun 05, 2016 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-fiction
Surprisingly not a detective Erlendur book. Written in 1999 and translated into English in 2010. Suspenseful yarn with WWII historical references. A real page turner.
Dec 25, 2016 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une agréable surprise ! Maintenant certaine qu'Indridason peut se détacher de son personnage phare, l'Inspecteur Erlendur, tout en proposant une autre formule nous tenant tout autant en haleine :) !
Nicolas Devanko
Action, complot et rythme sont menés de main de maître, mais j'ai préféré le très similaire Deception Point de Dan Brown.
Jul 19, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, but with some minor plot inconsistencies
It is refreshing that it has no happy ending
I would read more by Indriðason.
Jun 25, 2017 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iceland, spy
Arnaldur Indridason is a superb writer of mysteries set in Iceland. He is not, however, Alistair MacLean. In Operation Napoleon he att6empted to write an action novel featuring a plucky Reykjavik attorney who is shocked when her brother is injured by American intelligence operatives looking for a German plane that crashed in the waning days of World War Two atop the huge Vatnajokull glacier. The plane contained something important: Was it gold? Was it incriminating documents? Was it the body of ...more
May 21, 2017 Mae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't say I liked it that much. I like the author very much. I like his Icelandic characters and settings very much. I found the thriller aspect to the plot off putting, but wanted to finish the book. I am not sure that was a good idea. I don't have any fascination with the topic involved in the ending. I'll still read his Erlundur series, he nails that one. I'll pass on his stand alone novels.
Kayla Tornello
Jun 22, 2017 Kayla Tornello rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I liked the setting of this book because I haven't read much about Iceland and glaciers. I did like the main character, Kristin. While there was plenty of action in this book, it seemed a bit much. I got tired of people gratuitously shooting each other.
Robin Kempf
Jun 24, 2017 Robin Kempf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I liked the strong heroine, and I couldn't really figure out the intrigue until close to the end. Interesting view of Icelandic politics and culture, as contrasted with the US, too.
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