THE GREENLAND BREACH
by Bernard Besson, translated by Julie Rose
A cracking ice cap, rival multinationals, cutthroat espionage…
What is really at stake with global warming? 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 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 jeopardizes evacuation. On land another killer is roaming the icy peaks after researchers, while a huge crevasse splits Greenland apart. 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.
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Bernard Besson is an expert in economic intelligence, a former senior chief of staff for the French intelligence services, and a prizewinning thriller writer. He lives in Paris. This is his first book to be translated into English.
Julie Rose is 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.
“Bernard Besson takes the eco-thriller to a whole new level in his spectacular The Greenland Breach. Masterfully paced and wondrously prescient, here is a cautionary tale where colorful characters battle both man and nature in trying to save the planet from a combination of the two. Equal parts Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton, it is a terrific story that charges out of the gate and speeds in relentless fashion to a wholly satisfying finish.”
–Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling
“Original and harrowing.”
“This is cousin to thoughtful works such as Buckell’s Arctic Rising, but the narrative’s tone and tendency toward grand spectacle resembles more lurid thrillers like The Day After Tomorrow...Besson constructs a complex plot and confidently portrays the grandiosity as it unfolds.”
“This is a remarkable book that is fascinating, frightening, instructive and fun all at once.”
“Suspense is omnipresent from beginning to end. The story navigates between climate change, subsequent natural disasters, corporate rivalries, murder, espionage, mysteries and love. Besson progressively weaves a web that entraps the readers. Each page make you want to turn the following one quicker to find out what happens next.”
–Culture et Plaisir par la lecture
- Thinking about Books blog: “This book is rather like one of these slightly more upmarket chocolates. It has a thick outer layer and something completely different as a filling. As to the wrapping, it’s always interesting to watch the wheel turn…a novel of considerable flair and panache which starts with a major environmental event and then skillfully switches focus to the ravages of human greed as plots are laid and manipulations executed (in every sense of the word). With this combination of flavours, the novel hits the sweet spot of enjoyment.”
- 5-star Goodreads review: “This is a brilliant thriller that could be the news you hear or read tonight – Greenland’s icecap’s melting; huge ice sheets are cracking off into the sea creating devastating tidal waves along the East coast, and amidst this chaotic seemingly end of the world scenario, companies and countries clash in a struggle for data that will help us survive this new climatic age. Here is a thriller by a former intelligence chief that will make you wonder just how much of this is fiction – a must read!”
- “By halfway through the book, I was utterly enthralled, and I read as fast as I was able, anxious to follow the twists and turns of the plot, and figure out just who was behind the chaos and destruction. The ending did not disappoint.” Click to read more of this review from Alyssa Linn Palmer.
- “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.” From I Am, Indeed blog.
- Book Lover Book Reviews Blog: “Bernard Besson clearly doesn’t do things by halves. Everything about The Greenland Breach is on a grand scale - global powers playing with global stakes, quite literally…A thrilling scenario of a potential disaster on the grandest scale, The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson is modern, escapist fiction that entertains while cautioning readers on the importance of climate awareness.”
- “The Greenland Breach is an exciting, well-written spy thriller… the story will keep the reader guessing until the very end.” Read more from The Casual Misanthrope
- “It’s no surprise that author Bernard Besson is a former French Intelligence Officer. His vast knowledge of people, their greed, body language, and need to be on the top makes The Greenland Breach a real and authentic book. As a top-level chief of staff, his report writing skills are honed to perfection. The action and adventure was clear, precise and easy to follow. Besson kept his plot involved and exciting but not messy. Also, the wealth of information on global warming, the ice age, algae, ice core samples, etc. was engaging. Great story!!” From Cindi at Mommasez
- “The Greenland Breach was a heart pounding adrenaline filled thriller that I hated having to put down to eat and sleep. Right away, I felt myself being sucked into the story line… 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 …I enjoyed the pacing of the novel because it damn near took my breath away … Overall, I loved The Greenland Breach. It really did remind me of a Clive Cussler novel… 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.” Review at Turning the Pages.
- “It was fascinating to read a story set on the background of global warming and cyber conflicts, with all the ugly intrigues and fights such a situation could easily lead to in a not too distant future…If you feel bored in your little corner of the Earth and are eager for adventure, read this smart book now!” Read more at Words and Peace blog.
- “The prose is taut and fast-paced, as befits a thriller, and you can tell that Monsieur Besson really knows his stuff. Yet it has more poetry to it than some American thrillers I have recently read. The beauty and severity of Greenland is lovingly described, as is the community feel of the Montparnasse district in Paris, where the Fermatown posse work and live. In conclusion: buckle up tightly, you are in for a roller coaster of an exciting read.” Read more at Finding Time to Write
- “For those who enjoy a rollercoaster of a ride with thrills galore, this book certainly delivers… For the James Bond fan, there are plenty of sophisticated gadgets, fiendishly complex puzzles and clever use of technology. However, the aspect of the novel which I most enjoyed was that, if you look beneath the glossy, high-paced surface, there is a thought-provoking plea to re-examine the way we live and act today. Global warming is but one of the culprits in this story. Corporate and personal greed, national pride, inflated egos and lack of concern for the future of humanity are all equally to blame. Yet the author conveys this message without any preaching, simply by recounting an exciting adventure.” Read full review at Crime Fiction Lover.
- Book Nerd: ”Smart! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of “The Greenland Breach” by Bernard Besson. I loved it from page one!”
- Valli’s Book Den: “All the twists and turns, and surprises that made the book worth reading.”
- Making My Mark: “If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced spy thriller, I recommend giving this a go.”
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The Greenland Breach
by Bernard Besson; translated by Julie Rose—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 978-1-939474-94-0 (Kindle)/ 978-1-939474-95-7 (epub)/ 978-1-939474-07-0 (trade paperback) — First published in French (Groënland, Editions Odile Jacob, Paris)—Direct-to-digital translation; ebook release date: October 30,2013; trade paperback release: April 30, 2014.