Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour May Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the south east coast of England But all is not well in the camp The mysterious death of two Polish refugees leads Tanner to belie

  • Title: Darkest Hour
  • Author: James Holland
  • ISBN: 9780593058367
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover
  • May 1940 Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the south east coast of England But all is not well in the camp The mysterious death of two Polish refugees leads Tanner to believe there has been foul play When he and his corporal, Stan Sykes, are nearly killed, Tanner finds his suspicions directed at an old comrade from his early days in the armyMay 1940 Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the south east coast of England But all is not well in the camp The mysterious death of two Polish refugees leads Tanner to believe there has been foul play When he and his corporal, Stan Sykes, are nearly killed, Tanner finds his suspicions directed at an old comrade from his early days in the army.As the Germans launch their Blitzkrieg in Europe, training is abandoned and the entire company are sent to join the battle to stop Hitler s drive across the Low Countries Almost immediately, they are thrust into the thick of the action and cut off from the rest of the battalion.Trapped behind the enemy advance, Tanner must use all his ingenuity to get his men back to Allied lines.Soon enmeshed in the long withdrawal to the French coast, Tanner, Sykes and his new platoon commander, Lieutenant John Peploe, find themselves pitted against not only the die hard Nazis of the SS Death s Head Division but also the great panzer commander himself, General Rommel.Even then, in the chaos of retreat, Tanner must deal with the corrosive treachery bubbling within the company s ranks and an enemy deadly than the Germans if he and his men are to have any hope of surviving the mayhem of Dunkirk .

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    1. James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University He has worked for several London publishing houses and has also written for a number of national newspapers and magazines Married with a son, he lives near Salisbury.

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    1. The second in James Holland s Jack Tanner series, following on from THE ODIN MISSION This series is best thought of as Sharpe in a WW2 setting, featuring fictional leading characters fighting their way through various theatres in the Second World War The first novel was about some early action in Norway, and this sequel uses the Dunkirk evacuation as its backdrop.It s a fun, light and frothy read and, to my mind, an improvement over its predecessor The reason it works is because the story is so [...]


    2. Another cracking adventure with Sgt Jack Tanner and his lads James Holland is a great WW2 historian and writes great prose Not only do you get a fantastic boys own page turning adventure but also a history lesson too Enjoyed this as much as the first, and look forward to Jack Tanner 3 Blood of Honour.


    3. Darkest HourA really good read that s full of action and drama associated with the battle for France at the start of WW2 The book has some very good characters on both sides of the conflict and is very fast paced which lends itself well to the turbulent times it depicts The book is well written and is thoroughly recommended for all interested in the early days of WW2.


    4. Always a good readIt is not just blood and guys but there is a goodStory to follow through With victory and history wrapped up in one


    5. Second in the series Good read with excellent research and dialogue narrative Tanner is very similar to Richard Sharpe but after a break, I think I will read the remaining books.


    6. Another really enjoyable read that combines fiction and meticulous attention to detail The novel provided fresh, challenging, insights for me into life on the front line and in some respects brought them into line with those I had formed with respect to the Great War.I really hope James decides to write a further series


    7. I struggled to rate this one, but have finally decided that it deserves a3.5 Starsas while it was nothing spectacular it was a definite improvement onOdin s mission I don t really know how to review this book, as there was no stand out parts neither good, nor bad I think that the best and worst that can be said of it is that it is a solid, good read Apart from that though there was nothing much else to comment on The characters were well written I suppose Jack Tanner was of course the most in de [...]


    8. This is the classic war story brought to the readers of today, for some reason many readers are put off going and picking up some of the classic war stories and thrillers by great writers like Mclean and Higgins, and there has been a sad lacking in the market of new writers until recently.James Holland brings a classic squaddie hero to the fore, and thrusts him into dark and dangerous situations and brings the war to life in all its dark gory glory, War should be a distasteful tale it should be [...]


    9. I read the first in this book in this series a while back as well that s.The author is trying to create a Sharpe for the WWII era, but in my view doesn t succeed very well.The books are very well researched and give good background to the war what was happening and the reasons Commanders made decisions.Unfortunately the characters are very one dimensional e.g an evil sergeant major who kills 40 POWs for no real reason.Having said that the books are quite fun light reads, very like the Battle and [...]


    10. It is a gripping story at every turn Like the Sharpe series Jack Tanner has to have enemies within his own ranks and Holland has done an amazing job of creating such characters and the suspense on every turn of the page was wonderful For those who love the historical aspect, you will not be disappointed The accuracy mixed with a brilliant storyline is spot on It is a story I had spent a few years writing with the same idea as following in the footsteps on Bernard Cornwell s Sharpe series When I [...]


    11. This is a thinly veiled historical account of one Regiment s experience around the Dunkirk evacuation.Although this series is labelled as a Sharpe for WW2 , I find the characters very flimsy, any humour very strained, and the attempts to dramatize the events a little forced and unbelievable James Delingpole s early attempts at producing a series of character novels based around WW2 events leave James Holland standing, I m afraid.Nevertheless, a good historical yarn, and not a complete waste of t [...]


    12. I really like historical books so a fictional story based on real events really calls to me I also love a story when small men can be heroes and heroes can behave all but heroic at times The language is easy but the author manages to fill the story with military terms made easy to understand by the setting.


    13. Jack Tanner grew on me in the second title of the series The book really brings to life how horrible war can be It was a while since I read this but I can still remember the chaotic scenes of the retreat to Dunkirk and how last ditch the final defence must have been Like WWII you will enjoy this





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