"Operation Napoleon," with an October 2011 publication date, has not changed Madame L's mind about the time-waste and mind-rot of thrillers. Madame L read the book because it came to her "free" with the stipulation that she write a review of it.
That said, though, Madame L admits she enjoyed the book so much that she had a hard time putting it down. It does all that "thriller" stuff as well as it can be done.
|Arnaldur Indridason (from Wikipedia)|
Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason is a master of the art. And, unlike Tom Clancy, he appreciates the ability of females in the real world and thus in his fictional world to be actors on the world stage, to be brave and strong and resourceful. It's like a revelation in the world of men-authored thrillers!
Another realistic twist is that the heroine doesn't fall asleep on a plane with a teddy bear she's bringing home for anyone: her happily-ever-after is a little more muted than we expect from this genre.
Indridason also spares us the chauvinistic Americanism of the Clancy novels, replacing it with a more realistic view of American arrogance abroad. In fact, the Icelander gives us a feel for the resentment felt by the "locals" when U.S. Delta forces take over, American diplomats lie to the Icelandic government, and crazy CIA commandos go around shooting and torturing anyone and everyone they see as a threat to their mission. And did Madame L mention that the American mission itself is crazy and stupid?
Yeah, so this book is almost an anti-thriller. If you're into thrillers, you'll love it, and if you're not, you'll appreciate its quirks. And if you'd like Madame L's copy, she'll send it on to you.