E Metals and Industries BMI He all set to board his personally redesigned and outfitted sailing yacht the Diviner has been fitted with an ex naval engine and set his course for the warm waters of the Mediterranean But before he and his crew can sail "his former boss comes to him with a "former boss comes to him with a to solve and an offer he ust can t refuse A message has reached Sir Clinton Mann a message that seems to come from the grave A chunk of rock with a valuable sample of thorite has been found in a shipment of whale meat sent from Norway The packaging is ruined from traveling with the meat but enough of the handwriting was salvaged to be proved to have come from George Farnell one of the most knowledgeable metallurgists in the field There s Restart just one problem Farnell was supposed to have died a fortnight agoFarnell is a complicated man single minded in his pursuit of metals before the war he had felt no compunction at forging the name of his partner to gain funds for his research Caught and convicted he managed to escape imprisonment fled to Norway andoined the Norwegian forces under the name of Bernt Olsen earning hero s honors in the war Recently Olsen s body had been found after a snowstorm on the Jostedal Europe s largest glacier and papers on the body revealed the connection between Olsen and Farnell How largest glacier and papers on the body revealed the connection between Olsen and Farnell How this man send a package if he was already deadIf the scraps of legible writing are true and the thorite sample represents a tiny portion of the treasure trove Farnell had found in the glacier area of Norway then somebody could get rich uick Gansert had worked with Farnell and knew that the man knew his metals and knew those mountains like the back of his hand He can t resist trying to piece *together Farnell s last days and have a shot at finding the thorite himself not for his *Farnell s last days and have a shot at finding the thorite himself not for his gain but because he loves the thrill of discovery He and his crew head to Norway to solve the mystery but they aren t the only ones interested in Farnell and what he discovered It will all end on the glacial mountains themselves with a high speed ski chase and a last ditch effort to catch a speeding trainInnes writes a fairly compelling adventure story It is a treasure hunt filled with treachery missing men tough double crossing fishermen nefarious moneyed manger. D out and Gansert found himself caught in a maze of ambition and treachery with roots lying deep in years of German occupatio.
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out against others was probably the attention detail about Norway and its landscapes The Master s TouchI ve always read for adventure to live with the characters and oin them on their uest share their ups and their downs be a part of whatever it is they re doing As a guide to adventure HAMMOND INNES HAS NEVER LET ME Innes has never let me This book Blue Ice is another in the series of adventures Innes has shared with his readers In many cases if not most or even every he has himself undertaken similar adventures if only to trace the tracks of his characters The result is an authenticity and an immediacy to his writing and a heightened experience for the reader casual or otherwise Blue Ice is one in a series of wonderful adventures with all the twists and turns the opening of new and wonderful vistas that any reader could hope for Hammond Innes Books Are Like Travelogues are like travelogues adventures combined He may take you to the Arctic Circle to sub Saharan Africa to the Canadian Rockies and you will get a flavorful experience of the lands and the people while embroiled in killings natural disasters and lots of excitement except for this one The Blue Ice is surprisingly boring with minimal action until the very end After a long sea voyage to western Norway in search of a mysterious Norwegian WW II underground member named George Farnell or Bernt Olsen who may Having ust finished a couple of Innes early World War II novels The Trojan Horse and Wreckers Must Breathe what is most striking about The Blue Ice Innes fourth postwar novel is how much of a leap the author has made as a writer between 1940 41 and 1948 Just before The Blue Ice Innes had also published The Lonely Skier perhaps best considered as his breakthrough novel At any rate in both books the storytelling is not only tight the pace and reveals of the plot are intense It s clear that Innes has hit his stride and figured out an adventurethriller formula that works He would follow it for the most part for the rest of his lifeHe. George Farnell's legacy came to light ten years after his disappearance Two lines of poetry and a lump of mineral ore were al. Re the story is of Bill Gansert whisked away from his ob and intended e Like many of Hammond Innes books this has a superb story line that keeps you hooked all the way through The descriptions of the surroundings are so vivid adding atmosphere One of my favourites of his innes was scrupulous in visiting every location Innes was scrupulous in visiting every location wrote about Extensive travels in Norway in the late 40s yielded two novels this and The White South up soon on the reading list The Blue Ice starts intriguingly enough and develops into "An Effective Chase Thriller "effective chase thriller delivers one of his stock in trade man vs the elements set pieces in the last third then seems to have spent his creative energies The finale lurches from talkiness to melodrama Still the uality of the descriptive writing is above and beyond this type of adventure thriller and the novel hits the marks often that not Ho hum It s not very demanding full of incident and features a large cast of characters These are shallow waters though and there s something slightly hasty and unresolved in a bad way about the ending To be fair I thought this was a Boys Own version of The Third Man until I discovered this preceded that film and novella I suspect Grahamstand out against others was probably the attention
Greene was influenced by this rather than the other way around However I don t begrudgewas influenced by this rather than the other way around However I don t begrudge taking some of the basic ideas of Innes book and doing something far interesting A little less chasing a little depth and a bit care might have made this something than the average adventure story it is And do people really make their life A solid thriller from an author I rate close to Alistair McLean and Douglass Reeman The plot is not really surprising but it has a classic elegance of the 1940 1950 noir style with several shady characters chasing a McGuffin across a North Sea storm a nausea inducing whaling station the fjords and iced mountains of Norway There s even the mandatory femme fatale one I kept picturing as Veronika Lake in one of her less brooding roles One harrowing skiing epic reminded me of Hammond Innes first book The Lonely Skier Straightforward prose vivid imagery and tight control of plot puts this book in my recommended reading category In Blue Ice 1948 by Hammond Innes Big Bill Gansert has given up his ob as ProductionManager with Bas. L he left Yet they were enough to send mineral expert Bill Gansert to Norway But word of Farnell's findings had already leake. .