Navaran is his wife. Laura Al-lee-Ah is a world renowned artist of bears and president of the Congress. Patrick has been treating John for his grafts. Omar Al Selim is the rich Qatar businessman who bailed Maunay out. Per Sorenson is a Danish assassin while Lars Jensen is another assassin-for-hire, willing to perform the most heinous acts. The tupliaq is a charm made of dead human and animal parts. The Cover The cover is a collage reflecting important concepts in the story: The title is much too accurate, for it is The Greenland Breach that starts this disaster. Sep 23, Oliviaolivia rated it really liked it.
Jun 19, Dianne rated it liked it. Quite fun to read a book set in the Anthropocene. What is the year? It could be a few short years from now. Exciting to me were the descriptions of what will? Interesting that the author describes some deniers. However, it was hard for me to follow all the threads of intrigue.
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In my opinion, it is also not well written. That said, I enjoyed it. Oct 30, Mark Combs rated it really liked it. The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson paints a vivid picture of a world in the grips of a global warming catastrophe, including Arctic ice caps breaking up and falling into the ocean, and a tidal wave hitting the East Coast of the United States. Throw in some international corporate espionage, a sinking research ship, and what you have is a well-paced spy thriller.
Fermatown The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson paints a vivid picture of a world in the grips of a global warming catastrophe, including Arctic ice caps breaking up and falling into the ocean, and a tidal wave hitting the East Coast of the United States. Fermatown is hired for a freelance assignment protecting the daughter of the head of North Land, an oil and gas company. What at first appears to be an easy, well-paying assignment turns out to be anything but easy. What I liked most about this book was the description of the physical changes to Greenland as the book progressed.
Greenland was quite literally breaking apart and falling into the ocean. I also liked the pace of the novel. The story was told from multiple character viewpoints, with ever-changing settings, both of which kept the story moving along. While the story did not move at a breakneck pace until the very end, there was sufficient action and intrigue throughout the novel to keep me interested and engaged. The one thing that I found lacking in this book was character development.
He was troubled and conflicted, and had a hard time trusting others. A decent man, he spends his time worrying about his crippled ship, the safety of his men, the company he works for, and his unfaithful wife. The Greenland Breach is an exciting, well-written spy thriller. Though it lacks character development, the story will keep the reader guessing until the very end. This novel, newly translated into English, was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review. Nov 05, Maria rated it really liked it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I rated it 4 out of 5. Told from multiple points of view, and taking place in multiple settings, Mr. Good dialogue and an interesting mystery I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. Good dialogue and an interesting mystery kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. While slowly paced through the opening chapters, Mr. John, Victoire and Luc soon find themselves neck deep in danger, with John facing the most danger when he heads to Greenland to try to get to the truth.
Will John be able to outsmart and outmaneuver the agents hired by their competition? Will Victoire and Luc be able to provide John with backup when he needs it? I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Mr. Nov 02, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I knew that this book was one I had to read. The Greenland Breach was a heart pounding adrenaline filled thriller that I hated having to put down to you know eat and sleep. Right away, I felt myself being sucked into the story line.
There was so much going on in the story that at first I was worried about the author being able to tie everything together, but those worries were proved unfounded because by the time I reached the end of the book I though things wrapped up just nicely. I loved how even the smaller plot twists added to the overall flow of the story in a grand way.
I thought the characters were all unique and I just loved all their little quirks and how they added flare to the novel and I enjoyed that they all had a sense of humour because I hate when a book doesn't have any laughs and in a thriller like The Greenland Breach it is really needed. I also enjoyed the way that the author told the story. It was detailed when it needed to be without being mind numbingly so and I appreciated that the author knew when to reign that aspect in.
I also enjoyed the pacing of the novel because it damn near took my breath away with all the action but like the seriousness of it was balanced out by humour the action was also followed by some nice lulls where the plot was explained more. Overall, I loved the Greenland Breach. It really did remind me of a Clive Cussler novel but it didn't come across as being a rip-off of his works either.
Bernard Besson is definitely a writer that has his own unique voice and I can't wait to read another of his books. I would recommend this book to fans of Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton and overall fans of thrillers that have a lot of action, adventure and laughs to balance of the seriousness of the story. Sep 02, Eileen rated it it was amazing Shelves: A powerful, fast actioned thriller, The Greenland Breach just pulled me in. I couldn't put it down. Although written in French and partly based in France the novel translated superbly into English.
This is a political eco-thriller incorporating the greed of conglomerates and those abusing their power. However, the despair and destruction of many peoples' lives and livelihoods not to mention the ongoing damage to the Earth is of little consequence to those who are only interested in money. John had received injuries whilst in active service but remains a very strong athletic force.
Victoire has a past which threatens to overtake her and Luc, the bisexual with such an adorable character. They are pitted against all sides but who is telling the truth. Besson has incorporated a wide variety of characters into a well thought out plot or should I say plots.
The Greenland Breach never lets up, it is just a page turner of a high standard. Although Luc gave a completely different aspect to the plot, especially when he went undercover; a super-fit sexual athlete, my favourite characters were John, who can forget his trials and tribulations going through customs, and the all knowing Qualasoq.
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The scenes when John was fighting for his life in the cold wilderness of Greenland will stay with me as will the depicted ecological disaster that awaits us. Monsieur Besson looks to have led an extremely interesting life and this is reflected in The Greenland Breach. An author to look out for. I was given a copy of The Greenland Breach for an honest review, which I have done. Jan 24, Clare O'Beara rated it liked it Shelves: Bernard Besson was a high-ranked intelligence chief in France. There's industrial espionage and hired killers in this thriller, but first of all, there's the spectacle of the ice sheet covering one of the world's largest islands splitting apart and sliding into the Baffin Bay waters.
A ship laden with deep ice cores has just left, while an assassin crouches in snow to murder researchers and the world holds its breath. Tsunamis and icebergs smash down the coast of Canada, heading for New York. Th Bernard Besson was a high-ranked intelligence chief in France. The focal characters however live in Paris, where a lot of the action occurs.
A small private investigation agency is hired to find out about gas reserves in Greenland which two competing firms would like to exploit. Victoire monitors a Franco-Danish oil company from the office and Luc heads off to a protest rally at Le Havre. John, a former soldier, is asked to protect a student daughter of the oil firm's owners. Her mother calmly hands him a phone which will spy on the girl's conversations. Then there is just the small matter of the student's missing father, last seen in Greenland As various agencies and surveillance teams counter one another, the private investigators realise that they are themselves in danger.
Global interests crowd in and everyone is lying. The inhabitants of Greenland have been nouveau riches, but what will this new disaster mean, with methane rising from permafrost and seabed sediment? Predictably many of the women sleep with anything in trousers, despite the fact that their husband is injured on board a ship, say. There's also an entirely gratuitous and not very good sex scene at the start.
It's a French James Bond, what do you expect? Some of the details emerging, like a person suddenly being connected to neo-fascists, seem unnecessary and over-complicated. However there are lots of little touches to aid a feeling of authenticity. Point of view jumps rapidly making the narrative complex to follow, and causing repetition, while it feels forced that everyone including the French intelligence service wants to pay the same investigators.
Nov 19, Cathy Cole rated it did not like it. I have to admit that the main reason why I chose to read this book is that I'm quite the armchair traveler, and I had yet to read a book set in Greenland. I also like to read thrillers with environmental elements to them. Unfortunately, once I'd finished reading The Greenland Breach, I felt the synopsis was the best part of the book.
The two strong elements in the book were its depiction of Greenland and two of the main characters. With the melting of the ice caps, Greenland is seen as a land tha I have to admit that the main reason why I chose to read this book is that I'm quite the armchair traveler, and I had yet to read a book set in Greenland. With the melting of the ice caps, Greenland is seen as a land that's literally coming apart at the seams, and this definitely ratchets up the adrenaline and the suspense.
Besson has also created some fascinating characters-- especially Victoire, who has a scene in which she has to escape a killer that's one of the very best in the entire book. Where the book fell apart for me was in the plot itself. The samples taken from deep within the earth in Greenland that were so important that everyone was willing to kill for them were like carrots to lure the readers into turning the pages.
I never did learn what sort of information they held. The story was very slow-moving at first, and when it began to pick up steam, it unraveled into so many confusing fragments that I had a difficult time keeping them straight. The three partners in Fermatown placed so much confidence in their high tech gadgets that I had to laugh.
I'm no computer whiz, but even I could tell they were using too many things that were easily traceable. The third member of the Fermatown team, Luc, was supposed to be a computer genius, but he spent much of his time adding unnecessary sex scenes to the book. Even though I liked the book's setting and two of its characters, it was just not enough. The Greenland Breach was most definitely not my cup of tea. Aug 22, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: The description of this book says it is a thriller. I was expecting a book that starts with a giant breach splitting Greenland in half to have the thrills and suspense of a disaster movie.
Instead, this is a book about corporate espionage. There is no description of the physical or financial consequences of the environmental disaster, no recognition that a giant wave hitting Manhattan would have an enormous impact on lives and dis The description of this book says it is a thriller. There is no description of the physical or financial consequences of the environmental disaster, no recognition that a giant wave hitting Manhattan would have an enormous impact on lives and disrupt financial markets all over the world.
After the breach, life in Paris seems to go on as normal. What we are left with is a very convoluted, confusing and unbelievable story about private spies who get involved in corporate espionage between 2 competing exploration companies, both studying Greenland and global warming. Even for the espionage story, it is never clear what is at stake. I found it nearly impossible to keep straight who was doing what to whom even though there are frequent recaps. There are numerous red herrings. The three protagonists don't seem very bright and consistently miss clues.
They talk too much to people who shouldn't be trusted and reveal way more than you would expect trained spies to reveal. If it were not for their cell phones which seem to work under the most unlikely circumstances and their touch-screen wall they would have no abilities at all.
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For example, at one point near the end of the book the chief protagonist and his 2 Inuit guides are facing both human and environmental threats and instead of dealing with the situation immediately they drink three bottles of champagne and take a nap. Predictably, things get worse for them after they wake up. Maybe it was a translation problem, but I found the dialogue to be stilted and unnatural.
Everyone spoke with the same voice. In the end, when the spies have solved their mysteries, nothing that matters has changed. Greenland is still breaking apart and everyone can go to a buffet. I received a free digital ARC of this book from the publisher. Sep 18, Gaele rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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.
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. I was not compensated for this review: Sep 10, Terri rated it liked it. Original review found at http: Based on the synopsis for this book one would think this is a novel about global warming however it is not. While it is a factor in the storyline it is more the plot surrounding the players in the global warming industry that is the focal point of the story. I am not going to lie, I found this a difficult read. There a Original review found at http: There are numerous characters introduced throughout this book that made it difficult to keep track of them all.
The plot was also very complex, perhaps too complex, that it was difficult to discern exactly what direction the story was taking. It was sort of a "who done it" with a twist of who did what? It was hard to believe that all of the events that unfolded were a result of an investigation that the main characters did not even know what or why they were investigating.
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That being said I do give kudos to Besson for having the ability and imagination to develop something so complex. I can't even begin to comprehend the process that could develop all of the twists and turns that this novel. I find it truly amazing. This novel was originally written in French and then translated in to English.
As someone who has some knowledge of both languages I do believe that this would have been a better read in its original language. Although there was nothing wrong with the actual translation, in fact it was quite good, I do believe that the story lost some of the "flow" in the translation.
As someone whose day to day environment is working with both languages I know that this is something that tends to happen in translation regardless of how well it is done. When I was a teen in France, it was fairly common to hear about Bernard Besson, a top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services. I was totally thrilled when I discovered he was also a writer, and that his spy thriller The Greenland Breach had just been translated in English! With that type of career background, I could imagine how good his thriller would be.
And indeed it is! I believe actually only someone with that sort of stature could have written such a complex and intricate t When I was a teen in France, it was fairly common to hear about Bernard Besson, a top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services. I believe actually only someone with that sort of stature could have written such a complex and intricate thriller. You definitely need to do this with this thriller, as you meet many characters, in different milieus.
The book starts with a mysterious Lars Jensen in a very disturbing scene in Greenland: Little by little, you discover big Aug 31, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Fast-Paced Near Future Ecological Thriller That Reads Like a Cross Between Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton Known in France for his espionage thrillers drawn from his real-life duties as a senior official of the French intelligence services, Bernard Besson's "The Greenland Breach" is a fast-paced near future ecological speculative fiction thriller that draws extensively upon credible scientific extrapolation of what the Northern Hemisphere may look like if global warming becomes more acute.
Besson Fast-Paced Near Future Ecological Thriller That Reads Like a Cross Between Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton Known in France for his espionage thrillers drawn from his real-life duties as a senior official of the French intelligence services, Bernard Besson's "The Greenland Breach" is a fast-paced near future ecological speculative fiction thriller that draws extensively upon credible scientific extrapolation of what the Northern Hemisphere may look like if global warming becomes more acute.
Besson draws us in from the opening page, showing how two former intelligence operatives, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Lariviere, and his martial arts-trained partner and lover, Victoire, are drawn relentlessly into a seemingly routine freelance assignment in Greenland that isn't at all routine.
Besson grabs the reader's attention with an almost relentless plot that is a compelling mashup of Tom Clancy with Michael Crichton. Translator Julie Rose does a fine job rendering Besson's original French prose into English, keeping up the high octane suspense which Besson maintains throughout this novel.
Apr 26, Jay Williams rated it it was amazing. A suspense thriller that capture your attention from the first page and keeps you aroused through the entire book. Set in the not-too-distant future, the story includes a rich variety of characters as the protagonist and the reader must try too understand the purpose behind the apparently simply assignment of a former soldier to provide protection for the daughter of a rich businessman.
Competing nations and companies, along with environmentalists and national groups create a backdrop for a fast A suspense thriller that capture your attention from the first page and keeps you aroused through the entire book. Competing nations and companies, along with environmentalists and national groups create a backdrop for a fast-moving story where everyone is in danger and no one is what they seem to be.
The story is imaginative and the action is so compelling that you have to keep reading. The story has the unique ability to keep the reader somewhat in the dark, but still provide a powerful incentive to keep reading and discover the unknown elements. The descriptions of the natural disasters playing out in Greenland are so vivid they are chilling. The rapidly-changing environment creates more danger and tension in the story. It is definitely worth reading again. Dec 28, Nancy Geary rated it liked it. I liked the book, I think the premise eco terrorism more than the reality.
It kind of dragged for me in places, which I understand because it's the 1st book in a new series, so there is a lot of backstory ground to cover. For me, there were too many characters introduced and "in play", and it took too long to discover their intertwined relationships, and the conclusion was just "meh". I really didn't like one of the main recurring characters, Victoire. Maybe it's the translation, but she was ju I liked the book, I think the premise eco terrorism more than the reality.
Maybe it's the translation, but she was just kind of flat on the page. Dec 07, Steve P rated it liked it. The story rattles along but An eco-thriller should have some discernible connection with the real world of climate science as global warming is an existential threat to us all; however the science here is quite unbelievable and there are glaring technical errors in the plot.
A huge chunk of the Greenland ice cap breaks away creating an enormous tsunami that eventually causes some flooding in New York - yet all the coastal settlements on the west coast of Greenland and the local fishing fleets The story rattles along but A huge chunk of the Greenland ice cap breaks away creating an enormous tsunami that eventually causes some flooding in New York - yet all the coastal settlements on the west coast of Greenland and the local fishing fleets remain untouched by this catastrophe.
The problem for the author is that once one serious mistake has occurred the whole novel becomes a hunting ground for the next blunder, rather than a thriller. Sep 14, Taybah rated it really liked it Shelves: I won this book as a first-reads and it was one of my firsts.
I rated it a 4-star because it was a truly astonishing thriller. Being honest I took this book everywhere, my bedroom, in front of the t. That's because I couldn't let go of it even if it did confuse me some times. This is unique because it was split up in to different parts. Although it was separate, they weren't because they were also connected. I loved the couple Victoire and John, they are the sweetest couple I've I won this book as a first-reads and it was one of my firsts. I loved the couple Victoire and John, they are the sweetest couple I've seen. Always missing each other when they were apart.
I can state, however, that there were many defects. Sep 10, Ashleigh Swerdfeger rated it really liked it. The writing is excellent. More than once, I thought I figured something out, but instead there was a major plot twist. This novel is not for the faint of heart! I love the mix of characters and the geopolitics at the heart of this novel. I really want to read more Bernand Besson!
Read more and enter the giveway for a e-book at my blog! I reviewed this book for France Booktours. Apr 28, Diana rated it really liked it. I loved it from page one! The first pages are interesting and the story does not take long before I became interested in what was happening and what could happen. I also love the theme! I can't think of a more hot topic right now than global warming.
The writing was engaging, fast-paced, informative and entertaining! I think this book is a must-read for anyone that likes smart books that are also entertaining. The characters were interesting and the storyline well thought out and well-paced! I definitely recommend and it and I enjoyed it! Jan 23, Alison Gray rated it liked it. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Gaite Jansen , Thomas Ryckewaert. IMDb's Guide to Streaming. All Movies I've Ever Watched. Share this Rating Title: Groenland TV Movie 6.
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