Runespear Paperback – Apr 8 1987
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The three main characters are Rafe (gentleman adventurer), Billi (attractive yet charmless female reporter), and The Professor (he has a name, but I only remember his archetype; a flat character). They are charged by Himmler to lead a quest into Greenland and recover the fabled Spear of Odin. Well, actually a Nazi officer is in 'charge' of the expedition ('wouldn't look good for the fatherland otherwise'), but essentially the three major characters are leading the adventure. Rafe for his cowboy resume, The Professor for his background in Norse lore, and Billi as the official 'recorder.'
Billi ('I am not a hothouse flower, I know what I'm getting into') is annoying. She seduces, smokes, complains, and while the authors try and get romantic subplots going, they don't work. I'd say she is responsible for me thinking this is two and a half star novel, though her behavior changes for the better once the expedition starts across Greenland.
The expedition leaves Germany around page one hundred thirty. I had a hard time reading that far, but decided to finish the book. Action comes fast afterward, but the build-up half of the novel is slow and boring.
I picked this up at a second-hand bookstore, and it's going back there too. I'd avoid this novel, unless you like historical Nazi novels set in 1936 Germany or Greenland Eskimos.
Milán, Victor *
Professor Melbourne Shrewsbury, leading theorist, and historian of Viking literature, and culture, thought he would have a reunion with one of his favorite students, only to be drawn into the adventure of his life. Rafe Springer thought meeting his professor in the bows of a Berlin coffee house would be a moment to reconnect, but things changed when Billi Forsyth, walked in the room, but not in any way he expected. Billi was not to blame but the adventure of a life time awaited the three intrepid adventures as they go for a legendary adventure tracing the footsteps of Viking explorers who claim to have found a treasure trove of goods including a weapon that will always hit its mark, unfortunately for our three explorers they are sent on this mission for a country they don't belong to and do not wholly support. Would they give this ultimate weapon to the German Gestapo who forces them on the mission? Or does finding the treasure out weight the cost of its discovery? This is above all and beyond an adventure of exciting situations, espionage, and discovery. The characters are personable and as you read the through the situation your desire for successes is rivaled by your desire for failure. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and anticipation keeps your breath baited.