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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307359387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307359384
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gripping. . . . As political thrillers go, Operation Napoleon––its frozen secrets, ruthless killers, hapless victims and reluctant heroes––is about the best you can get.”
Telegraph-Journal

“Indriðason, one of the new breed of bestselling Scandinavian crime writers, has written another gripping thriller set in his native Iceland.”
 — The Peterborough Examiner

“Slick . . . and with enough chases to keep the reader turning the pages.” 
The Independent

“An international literary phenomenon––and it’s easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical.”
 — Harlan Coben, author of Tell No One

From the Back Cover

From worldwide bestselling author Arnaldur Indriđason comes a mesmerizing tour de force that takes readers deep inside the heart of a long-buried secret with huge international consequences.

“INDRIDASON'S NOVELS ARE GRIPPING, AUTHENTIC, HAUNTING, AND LYRICAL.” HARLAN COBEN

In 1945, a German bomber crash-lands in Iceland during a blizzard. 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. He sets off, a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, only to disappear into the white vastness…

“REMARKABLE...ANOTHER TOP-NOTCH STORY FROM INDRIDASON.”KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED REVIEW)

Flash forward to the present. The U.S. Army is clandestinely trying to remove the wreck of an airplane from an Icelandic glacier. A young Icelander, Elías, inadvertently stumbles upon the excavation and then promptly disappears. But before he vanishes, he manages to contact his sister, Kristín. She embarks on a thrilling and perilous adventure, determined to discover the truth of her brother’s fate—and solve the riddle of

OPERATION NAPOLEAN

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 30 2010
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Indridason has produced a thriller that takes us deep inside the Icelandic national landscape, both physically and mentally. This writer definitely has the flare to tell an intriguing story, usually set somewhere in the ice-bound wilds of a deserted land, and accompanied by some very plausible characters who singularly and collectively give it a special edge. To start with, this narrative involves the eventual discovery of a lost German military transport plane that crashed in the spring of 1945 on one of Iceland's major glaciers. The mystery that evolves from this single mishap is complex and creative. This much we know: The plane disappeared with American and German personnel aboard. Without revealing the significance of this fact, Indridason proceeds to take his reader on a sixty-year saga. Though the hulk of the strickened plane is eventually discovered in 1999, thanks to global warming and the melting of this massive glacier, it only grudgingly yields its entombed secrets to those desperate or brave enough to discover them. It seems like a lot of people have a keen interest - some more sinister and pressing than others - in searching the old wreck to uncover its hidden story. As the veil is slowly raised from this relic of late WW II history, the reader quickly learns what a puzzling object it will become. With this hunt for the downed aircraft, the Americans, Germans, Argentineans, and Icelanders seem to have come together to create an international incident of monumental proportions that could shake the free world to its very boot tops.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on Nov. 29 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the best of the books I have read this year.I couldn't put it down, because it was so intriguing.I also think that it is also, the best of Indridason books I have read up to now.And, as for the end of this thrilling story,it is one of total surprise. An extremely good book to read during the holydays..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By claudette lafontaine on Nov. 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
Best Indridason novel so far.You just cannot put it down. The story takes you to the end of WW2 and back to the present without feeling jetlag and lost.The plot involves you as a reader to the max.Even if the reader isn`t a great WW2 fan or connaisseur the suspence and intrigue will capture you until the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
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. (U.S. publication is scheduled for the fall of 2011, and the next Reykjavic Murder Mystery, 'Outrage,' is to be published in the UK and Canada in 2011.) 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 large Icelandic glacier with American and German officers aboard. One of the senior German officers attempts to reach a nearby farm, while the others remain on the plane only to be buried by a blizzard and ice; then he disappears as well.

Over 50 years later, after a few failed attempts to find the plane by U.S. intelligence, they are finally successful, and a secret mission is undertaken to remove the plane and its contents.. Coincidentally, two young Icelanders on the glacier in a training mission spot the Americans and are captured, one killed and the other seriously injured. Before the capture, one of the men had contacted his sister, Kristin. She undertakes to discover the truth of her brother's fate, placing herself in danger in the process.

The tense plot follows Kristin as she challenges the Americans in an effort to find out what happened to her brother, leading her on an arduous journey to learn the facts of Operation Napoleon. The descriptions of the various elements of the story are overwhelming: the freezing weather, the subterfuge of the Americans, the divergent views of Icelanders vis-à-vis relations with United States authorities, and other conflicts. Written with a sharpness to which we have become accustomed from this author, the novel is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Tom Tom on Jan. 2 2012
Format: Hardcover
I imagine most people who are interested in this book have come to it because they discovered Indridason's "Erlendur" novels, and they are keen to read anything else they can find by him. That is certainly the reason I picked up Operation Napoleon.

Operation Napoleon isn't terrible, and I powered my way through it fairly well, but if you're expecting the artistry and the low-key but shattering emotional impact of the Erlendur books, you're going to be disappointed. This is a start to finish "thriller" novel, and not really a very good one.

The "MacGuffin" (to use Hitchcock's term) of this book are the secret WW II papers that have lain inside a German airplane in an Icelandic glacier for 50 years. I won't tell you what the papers reveal, but they are pretty interesting - the "MacGuffin" Indridason dreams up for this book is a pretty good one.
The main character, Kristin, is also pretty good. You like her as a protagonist, which isn't always necessary, but which helps.

The problem for me is that a lot of things in this book are kind of ridiculous, or half-baked. Near the end of the novel the main bad guy stabs Kristin in the side with an awl, and the wound is described as "at least 10 cm deep". After this scene however, we follow Kristin through another chapter where the wound isn't even referred to, and when Indridason remembers that he has had Kristin stabbed, he sweeps it under the rug by saying that it was a closed-puncture (or something like that).
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