Review and Giveaway of The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson

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To celebrate the paperback release of The Greenland Breach, the author is conducting another book tour. And thank goodness since I missed the one in October. For all the tour stops, please visit this page. Below you’ll find out how to enter the ebook giveaway, which is open internationally.


E-Release date: October 30, 2013
Print release: April 30, 2014
from Le French Book
Author’s page | Goodreads



A stylish, fast-paced spy thriller about the intrigue, economic warfare and struggles for natural resources promised by 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 bisexual computer-genius sidekick, Luc, pick up an ordinary freelance assignment that quickly leads them into the glacial silence of the great north, where a merciless war is being waged for control of discoveries that will change the future of humanity.
A plausible vision of climate catastrophe combines with French freelance spies and Bond-like action forming a gripping page-turner of a thriller.


This is the type of book that’s hard for me to put down. Right from the start there’s action. Lots of characters, plot twists, subplots, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Then I sat down to write this review and I started to think, wow so much happened I don’t know what to say about the novel since I would hate to give something away. I’m not a fan of spoilers.

It was hard for me to determine the good guys from the bad ones. Sometimes that can be irritating. However, in this case, it was perfect. Spy thrillers should be thrilling. If you know what’s going to happen and who to trust, why read it? The anticipation and dread are half the fun.

I liked the pacing of this novel and the multiple points of view.  Before reading this novel I hadn’t heard of the author. I’m hoping more of his works are available in English. If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced spy thriller, I recommend giving this a go.


Bernard BESSON

Award-winning thriller writer Bernard Besson, who was born in Lyon, France, in 1949, is a former top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services, an eminent specialist in economic intelligence and Honorary General Controller of the French National Police. He was involved in dismantling Soviet spy rings in France and Western Europe when the USSR fell and has real inside knowledge from his work auditing intelligence services and the police. He has also written a number of prize-winning thrillers and several works of nonfiction. He currently lives in the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, right down the street from his heroes.

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.

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This competition is open internationally. One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of The Greenland Breach. All you have to do is leave me a comment below letting me know if you would prefer a mobi or epub file. I’ll select the winner using on Thursday, May 8th. 

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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11 Responses to Review and Giveaway of The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson

  1. Great review! Sounds like you really enjoyed the book. I agree with you about anticipation and dread–I love when a story is able to pull that off!

    • TBM says:

      I love the feeling of not knowing what’s going to happen. At least in books and movies, not so much in real life 🙂

  2. Sounds exciting! Throw my name in for epub please :).

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  6. thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, I enjoyed it very much as well

  7. cleemckenzie says:

    This sounds great and I enjoyed reading your review of it. I’d love to read this one.

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