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The Information Officer

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  1,184 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
Summer 1942. A small, windswept island in the Mediterranean has become the most bombed patch of earth on the planet, as a fiercely independent people withstand relentless siege. Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the fragile esprit de corps. Then Max learns of the murder of a young island woman, along with evidence th ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 483 pages
Published June 16th 2010 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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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
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
Apr 09, 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
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
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
Dec 23, 2009 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.
May 02, 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
Nov 18, 2009 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
Dec 24, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
Jul 23, 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
Nov 18, 2009 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...
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.
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.
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
Feb 06, 2016 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 04, 2016 Nightwitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 20, 2009 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
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
Oct 16, 2009 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
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
Nov 18, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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How to describe this book.... a serial killer, romance, espionage, WWII thriller with a decent amount of sex thrown in. For me, the most interesting thing about this book was the setting -- Malta during WWII. I've heard of Malta before and could identify it on the map, but beyond that, I really didn't know much about it. I had no idea who controlled Malta during WWII (the British), if it was strategically important (it was, a refueling spot for launching campaigns against Rommel in Africa and fo ...more
Nov 12, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Set in Malta during WWII, this book covers the British occupation (if that's the correct word, I think Malta was part of the Commonwealth then) and the Maltese reaction to it. Although, it's really more about Max, an army officer who is investigating the murders of some local girls which seem to have been committed by another Brit. Golly.

The level of historical detail included was fascinating, I knew nothing about Malta's part in the war and was interested to learn what an important role it pla
Moray Barclay
Aug 03, 2011 Moray Barclay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a crime novel, this is primarily a book about Second World War Malta. The complex co-existence between the British servicemen and the civilian Maltese is captured perfectly. While the British elite eat canapés and drink fine wine, bombs drop on the people of Valetta and beyond. The mother of a murdered local girl screams at her husband for allowing the British Information Officer (or PR manager) Max Chadwick into their house.

Max is there because he has decided to solve the murder myster
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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.
Mills's first novel was Amagansett, later reissued under the title The Whaleboat House published in 2004; this won him the 'Best Cr
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