Today I have an interesting thriller – a curious mix of environmental policy and corporate espionage all spurred by massive climate change issues. Thanks to France Book Tours for the opportunity, please be sure to check the other tour stops. and I have a giveaway that is open to all readers everywhere for one eBook copy of the title. That drawing will end on 5 November at 23:59 EST, winner will be notified on 6 November and will have 24 hours to respond.
I’ve finished this title and I’m still trying to determine whether it really is a well-crafted espionage-like thriller, a carefully researched warning, or a mix of the two. What I have no questions about is the thrill ride that often felt too real to be fiction that is contained in the pages.
Putting the world on notice, Mother Nature has started to react, often violently with tsunamis, earthquakes and ice shifts. A result of the damage that is caused by ‘progress’, and those who have been warning of the possibilities and potentials are silenced or discounted by those with deeper pockets and a stake in the massive potential profits to come.
Two corporations involved in “climate research” are actually at the core of this story: their jostling for primacy in the industry, the corporate espionage and rush for profits is not unlike that shown in the gold rush or even the oil boom. Money, not doing good or finding a remedy to halt further damage, or repair damage done is at the root of the story, much like real life.
It was an interesting read from the standpoint of the ins and outs of corporate grabs for technology, power and money. With several twists and turns with multiple dead ends, it really is a book that requires concentration and patience. The author does recap events after the worst of the twists, and while ordinarily this would be an inclusion I wouldn’t want, it did help keep the confusion to a minimum. Told in multiple small stories that all prove connected in the end, the story has a nice variation in pacing to keep the pages turning. While I wasn’t overly fond of the conversations, as many felt far more formal than needed, the story did keep me interested and questioning. And I shall never look at a ‘formal study’ on climate change without researching to discover the primary financier.
Title: The Greenland Breach
Author: Bernard Besson
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Published by: Le French Book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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What does global warming really mean for geopolitics? Espionage, intrigue, economic warfare and behind-the-scenes struggles for natural resources. In this stylish, fast-paced tale, a plausible vision of climate catastrophe combines with French freelance spies and Bond-like action forming a gripping page-turner of a thriller.
The Arctic ice caps are breaking up. Europe and the East Coast of the Unites States brace for a tidal wave. Meanwhile, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained, steamy Eurasian partner, Victoire, and their bisexual computer-genius sidekick, Luc, pick up an ordinary freelance assignment that quickly leads them into the heart of an international conspiracy. Off the coast of Greenland, a ship belonging to the French geological research firm Terre Noire is in serious trouble. The murder of an important scientist jeapardizes evacuation. Is it related to the firm’s explorations? Is the rival Canadian-based scientific and economic development corporation, Northland Group, involved?
On land another killer is roaming the icy peaks after researchers, while a huge crevasse splits Greenland apart. What are the connections? In the glacial silence of the great north, a merciless war is being waged. Global warming and subsequent natural disasters hide international rivalries over discoveries that will change the future of humanity. This riveting thriller by prizewinning novelist and former top-level French intelligence officer is like a French-style James Bond team walking into Ronald Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow, but much closer to home.
The Greenland Breach was translated by Julie Rose; a prize-winning, world-renowned translator of major French thinkers, known for, among other works, her acclaimed translation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which was published by Random House in 2008. She has translated twenty-eight books, including many French classics, and writes on the side. She lives in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, with her husband, dog and two cats.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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