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Um Oficial em Malta

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Corre o Verão de 1942. Para os habitantes de Malta, sujeitos a bombardeamentos diários, os Britânicos representam a última linha de defesa contra os Nazis. Max Chadwick, o oficial de informação, tem como função assegurar que os Malteses recebem notícias que fortalecem a sua relação com os Britânicos.
Quando lhe apresentam provas de haver um oficial britânico a assassinar mu
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 2010 by Civilização Editora (first published January 1st 2009)
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Plum-crazy
Sep 28, 2016 Plum-crazy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A reasonable read but to be fair WW2 isn't the subject matter I'd normally choose & I did prefer it to "The Savage Garden".

The opening chapter drew me in straightaway & I thought I was in for a gripping read but the potential thrills didn't continue throughout.The ending bought things to a satisfactory conclusion but it too was missing the excitement that the opening had hinted at. For me there was a little too much military description but that's just my taste & there's no doubting
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Lisa
Nov 29, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Psychological murder mystery involving a serial killer? Spy story? Love story? Historical novel? This novel tries to do it all, and does none of it well.

The murder of a local girl on Malta during World War II is made to look like a bombing death. For some reason, a military doctor does the post-mortem, as he has on two other deaths of local girls which he thinks were murders made to look like bombing deaths. He told the military authorities about it, but they did not investigate. For some reason
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Ted
Apr 13, 2011 Ted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British Major Max Chadwick is an architect turned military PR flak facing numerous dilemmas on the island of Malta in the spring of 1942. The rapes and murders of several young Maltese women could further erode the fragile relationship between local islanders and the British who are defending Malta from an unrelenting aerial onslaught by German and Italian bombers. A small piece of evidence points to the possibility that the murderer is a British submariner, a sailor under the command of the hus ...more
Tony
Mar 19, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mills, Mark. THE INFORMATION OFFICER. (2009). ****. This is the first of Mr. Mills’ books that I have read, but I will certainly look up his others. It is a murder mystery and spy thriller set on the island of Malta during the early days of WW II. A young British officer, Max Chadwick, has been brought over to Malta to take over the post as resident (read propoganda) officer for the island forces and resident British troops. He has a big job helping to preserve morale after the incessant raids b ...more
Alissa
I normally really enjoy fiction about World War II, and was intrigued by the book's description, since I knew little of Malta or its part in the war. However, I this book didn't excite me and while I kept reading in part to see how the murder mystery was resolved, I agree with another Goodreads Reader who pointed out that this book tried to be too much - historical fiction about Malta's role, a love story, and a murder mystery. The mystery parts were the best for me, and the continued descriptio ...more
Marybeth
Jan 02, 2010 Marybeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book tries to accomplish way too much in one story. The result is a choppy mess. I didn't care about any of the characters nor did I care much about solving the supposed mystery. Overall - a flop.
Mr
May 26, 2013 Mr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From 1940 to ’42, the minuscule island of Malta, located in a strategically vital spot of the Mediterranean Sea, played out a miniature version of the Battle of Britain. German and Italian air fleets flew a total of 3,000 bombing raids over Malta during a two-year period. Although a commander as brilliant as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel warned that “Without Malta the Axis will end by losing control of North Africa,” an invasion was never attempted. Instead, the Axis partners resolved to bomb, bloc ...more
Betsy
Jan 11, 2010 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was my first experience with an Advance Reader Copy of a book, and I’m happy to say it was a good one! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m now looking forward to picking up some of the author’s other works.

Thoughts on The Information Officer:
I’m not a WWII buff, and I don’t go looking for books or movies set during the war, but this sounded like an interesting story because I knew nothing about Malta’s role in WWII. While I realize liberties were taken with the accuracy of war-time life
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Michelle
Dec 24, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle
The opening of the book starts with a mystery encounter between two unnamed men in a bar implying some significant events occurring in Malta during WWII. The book then falls back to that time to reveal the story. Max Chadwick is the British information officer on the island, trying to keep up the morale and support of the locals while they are being heavily bombed by both the Germans and the Italians. To complicate matters, his friend, a British doctor, shows him a body of a "sherry queen" (danc ...more
Carl
Apr 01, 2010 Carl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up after a good, brief review in the Sunday NYT.
If one can put down a mystery 1/3 through, there is something wrong. Obviously the plot isn't engrossing, and at this point, the main mystery has barely begun to unfold.
The characters: way too much "old man" and "old chap" (Monty Python's "upperclass twits"?); none very interesting or likable so far, including the main character and his married lover.
The setting: life during wartime can make for fascinating reading (I can think of m
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Jim Leffert
During World War II, the island of Malta, located about midway between Sicily and the north coast of Africa, was a key strategic location. The Germans subjected the island, which was a British colony, to a campaign of massive, unrelenting aerial bombardment, designed to isolate the island and wear down its defenses.

This mystery novel nicely captures the atmosphere and feeling of what it was like to be there. The protagonist, Max Chadwick, is a British officer whose task it is to disseminate opti
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Morgan F
I wouldn't have read this book if I hadn't won an advanced copy, and I kind of wish I hadn't won it.

This book was very, very muddled. I wish it just focused on one damn thing, but nnoooooo, it had to try to do it all, and it failed. The whole mystery/thriller part of it absolutely drowned in all the war details and boring characters. A good 3/4 of this book was just talking about bombings and airplanes and guns and other things that were just not interesting. And there was waaaayyy too many char
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PDXReader
Jul 28, 2010 PDXReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why The Information Officer would get such mixed reviews. Like Mills' other novels, it's more about conveying a time, place, atmosphere and characters than about the mystery taking place against this backdrop. From a historical fiction standpoint, the book is top-notch. It's very detailed, and Mills' characters are more real, more in-depth than almost any other author I can think of. The problem is that the backdrop usurps the plot, so at times it drags. Mills gets so wrapped up in pai ...more
Vicki
Jan 04, 2010 Vicki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Woo Hoo, I won this book from Goodreads! I love winning books.
This book is very interesting. I have to agree with other reviews that it tried to be too many genres and did well at none. The history of Malta was good but way too exhausting to keep a reader enthalled. The mystery was good but there wasn't enough of it in the story. The love story...what love story? The true love story was hidden away in the end. Just okay in every way.
Douglas Karlson
3 1/2 stars. I liked the character depiction and dialogue, and the setting: Malta, during the bombardments by the Germans. The story is about a British officer trying to solve some murders... and it is connected to spying... won't say more to avoid spoiling. I liked the main character, and other characters, and loved reading more about Malta...
Charisse
I liked the story - I was surprised to see so many negative reviews... It is a historical read with a mystery with a bit of romance thrown in along the way. I enjoyed reading about Malta and role it played in World War Two. The characters weren't robust but I found myself following along without a problem. I liked it - I think I'd still recommend it.
Alison Hardtmann
The Information Officer is a wartime thriller in the style of Alan Furst. Taking place on the Mediterranean island of Malta during the fierce bombing raids of 1942, the story follows Max Chadwick, in charge of presenting a British view of events to the inhabitants, and his actions after he learns that someone, probably British, is murdering young Maltese women. The story is fast paced and well plotted, if implausible. Malta's part of the Second World War that is not that well known, at least her ...more
N Kemper
Interesting to hear about the importance of Malta in WWII. The story drones on at times and then all of a sudden wraps up.
Keith
Nov 11, 2016 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, but ultimately boring.
Michele
A little disappointed how the story was brought to a close but an excellent read.
Bev
Oct 03, 2016 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Chadwick is the Information Officer. Based in Malta, he and his young assistant, Edward Pemberton, must make the war seem more palatable to the Maltese and the Allied forces in the way they disseminate the news. They are therefore “in the know”, but must be careful how to spin it. A few Maltese bodies - young women - and the mystery of how they were murdered, isn’t helping their cause.
Set in Malta, the most bombed island in history - set in motion in WW2, this was an interesting read. It was
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Eva Laginha
Feb 19, 2016 Eva Laginha rated it liked it
Um oficial em Malta



Este é um thriller de espionagem, com um enredo policial fictício, explorado de uma forma realista, inteligente e brilhante por Mark Mills.
A ação passa-se na pequena ilha de Malta, que, naquele verão de 1942 - no auge da II Guerra Mundial - se revestia de uma grande importância geoestratégica. Situada entre o sul da Itália e o norte de África encontrava-se sob uma constante ameaça de fogo e invasão já que constituía a última linha de defesa britânica face às investidas expans
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Tony
Feb 12, 2010 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to admit I have a soft spot for crime novels or thrillers set amidst the backdrop of World War II, which is why I picked this one up. The story is set on the tiny island of Malta (which lies roughly 50 miles south of Sicily, 150 miles east of Tunisia, and is roughly double the size of the city of Washington, DC) in 1942, as daily Luftwaffe raids seek to pound the British garrison into submission. Along with the garrison, there are a coterie of British civil servants, including the titular ...more
Liz Nutting
After finishing Unbroken and Operation Mincemeat, I was definitely in the mood for a good, WWII-era spy thriller. The Information Officer filled the bill, although it was more murder mystery than spy thriller. Toss in an exotic locale and if I could, I'd really give this 3.5 stars.

The Information Officer is set on Malta in 1942. The strategic importance of Malta to the Allies and the role it played in helping to win the war is a little piece of lost history that this book uncovers. Major Max Ch
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Nightwitch
Other reviewers have commented that this book tries to be too many things at once, which I think is a valid criticism - it is thriller, historical novel, and mystery, and doesn't necessarily do a great job at any of them. Suffers a little bit from some info dumps at the beginning which slowed down the pace of the book. For me the biggest problem came halfway through, when (view spoiler); that transforme ...more
Amanda
Jan 06, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a part serial killer/murder mystery/love story/WWII novel set in Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean just south of Italy. Before this novel, I had never heard of the Siege of Malta. During WWII, it was pretty much the most heavily bombed place ever. Wow. The Allies were stationed on the island and were helping to fend off the Germans and Italians from invading.

Enter the Information Officer, Max Chadwick, a British officer in charge of, well, information. Obviously with all the bombin
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Paul Pessolano
There are some books that cannot be classified and I believe that "The Information Officer" is one of them. Yes, the book is a mystery, but it also could be classified as a romance novel or historical fiction. It is so well written it could also be classified as fiction/literature.

To really appreciate this novel the reader should have some knowledge of the island of Malta, its people, and the important part that the island played in the Second World War.

Some facts;

The Maltese have a tradition of
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Winifred
Feb 20, 2016 Winifred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a murder mystery, a love story and a historic novel all rolled into one. The first and last chapters are set one evening in a London restaurant in 1951 but the main story evolves over 9 days in Malta in the summer of 1942, at the height of the terrible German and Italian bombing raids.

The story plays out against the background of Malta, the island fortress providing extensive information about its geography and history. It is well written and researched with maps to help you identify the sc
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Sandra
Feb 07, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it
O livro começa com um episódio a ocorrer no futuro e toda a situação parece estranha e deslocada do resto do livro. Aqui, logo nas primeiras páginas, começa a ilusão do leitor. Porque tudo está ligado, tudo tem sentido, tudo tem a sua lógica.

Quase todo o livro decorre em 1942, aquando da invasão Nazi pela Europa e África. Nessa altura, a pequena ilha de Malta pertencia à Grã-Bretanha e por estar localizada no meio do Mediterrâneo, como ponto de união entre o que Hitler queria que fosse do seu do
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Mark Mills is a British writer of screenplays and novels. His first screenplay was BAFTA-nominated short film One Night Stand starring Jemma Redgrave and James Purefoy in 1993; this won Mills a 'Best Screenplay' award at the Angers European First Film Festival in 1995.
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