Come June, Come Fredrik

This June both Those Who Follow (Beier#1) and As We Fall (Beier#2) are introduced to readers all over Europe. Enjoy!

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As We Fall, French Edition, by publisher Robert Laffont.

 

The verdict

As We Fall was released in Polish this February, titled Straceńcy.

Poland is the first country outside Norway to present the second part of the Fredrik Beier-saga to its crime reading audience. And the reception is overwhelming. Here are the words from ten leading literature bloggers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a collection of reviews and points, given by a large number of Polish readers on the bookreader site lubimyczytac.pl

 

E-book bestseller

The e-book version of Those Who Follow (Wienerbrorskapet) is the bestselling backlist novel of 2016.

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From Bok & Samfunn

Those Who Follow, the first installment in the Fredrik Beier series that was released in Norway in 2015, is the bestselling backlist e-book novel of 2016 in Norway, reports book-magazine Bok & Samfunn.

The second thriller in the series, As we Fall (Norwegian title: Kalypso), is also doing very well among the releases of 2016, currently number 7 on the top ten list.

Top score for Kalypso

Six weeks ago the second part of the Fredrik Beier-saga was released in Norway. Now the reviews are coming in. And they are better than I dared dream.

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From Fædrelandsvennen

When I had read 100 pages of this novel, I thought that the author had taken on more than he could chew. After 300 pages I was sure; the author must have to use some easy tricks to get this through. But after 470 pages, the only thing I could do was to conclude that Johnsrud was in control, all the way through, writes the regional newspaper Fædrelandsvennen, and awards Kalypso (English title As We Fall) six out of six stars.

Out of the nine national and regional Norwegian newspapers that have reviewed Kalypso, three have awarded Beier#2 six out of six stars, four have awarded it five out of six, and one (Dagbladet), four out of six. The largest daily, Aftenposten, does not give out stars, but states:

Last year’s debut Wienerbrorskapet (Those Who Follow) demonstrated that Ingar Johnsrud is master of the vast majority of tricks when it comes to muscular action prose. /…/  The depiction of the past’s shadow falling over a snow-covered pre-Christmas Oslo, from its Russian embassy to a bomb shelter in Old Town, undeniably does something to the reader’s heart rate. Johnsrud writes succinctly, in detail, and above all well within the premises of the genre.

And here’s a few more:

  • Ingar Johnsrud continues to deliver crime fiction at absolute international top level. /…/ Johnsrud showcases a literary talent of the highest order – he’s smart, precise and varied in his language. 

    ★★★★★★

    Verdens Gang, Norway

     
  •  It isn’t often that an author succeeds in maintaining the level of suspense throughout an entire book, but Ingar Johnsrud does. As We Fall possesses an intense tension and momentum from the first till last page. /…/ Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst ought to look out for Johnsrud, who is emerging as the great star of Norwegian thriller and crime fiction literature.

    ★★★★★★

    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

  • Johnsrud plays with genres and stereotypes and succeeds in adding something new and fresh. The book is well written, the peaks in the action many and excellent, the switch between the different eras perfect, and all of it is put together with greater precision even than in the debut.

    ★★★★★

    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • The prose, which impressed also in the debut novel, is still excellent. Johnsrud writes effectively and grippingly. /…/ The plot is tied together nicely, with a set of plot threads that are gathered beautifully.

    ★★★★★

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • There is blood, gore and body fluids, internal rivalry in the police force, classic tension between protagonist and assistant, and an intrigue much like a puzzle, just as there should be in suspense novels. And all of it is steered by the supremely clever hand of this crime fiction writer.

    ★★★★★

    Tønsbergs Blad, Norway

  •  [In Ingar Johnsrud] we have found a promising new crime fiction author. /…/ There is much to be impressed with in [As We Fall].

    ★★★★★★

    Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

    Click here for more reviews in English. Or here for more in Norwegian.

Marinejegerne og Kalypso

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Foto: Forsvaret

I Wienerbrorskapet måtte Fredrik Beier søke i mellomkrigsårene og datidens rasebiologiske forskning og grusomme eksperimentering på mennesker for å finne svarene han jaktet. I Kalypso er også historien en viktig ingrediens.

Men denne gangen må Fredrik lete tettere på vår egen samtid. I ukene og månedene som fulgte etter at Sovjetunionen brøt sammen, og det russiske maktapparatet lå med brukket rygg.

Most posts here are in English. This is an exception, due to the release of "As We Fall" ("Kalypso"), the second novel in the Beier-series in Norway this August.

Hvem var det egentlig som rådet over Sovjetunionens gigantiske arsenal av atomvåpen, kjemiske og biologiske våpen, i tiden før det nye statsapparatet fikk kontroll. Hva skjedde på de topphemmelige russiske militærinstallasjonene, når soldatene som var satt til å vokte dem deserterte, vitenskapsfolkene ble gående uten lønn og det ikke fantes midler til vedlikehold?

I Kalypso spiller hendelser under et oppdrag utført av den norske Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK) en viktig rolle. Men mens MJK i dag er en stor organisasjon, med tung erfaring fra skarpe oppdrag ute i verden, var MJK anno 1992 noe ganske annet. Topptrente soldater, men de var langt færre, og siden fienden den gangen var Sovjetunionen, var MJK-troppene aldri brukt i strid.

For å skildre livet i MJK på den tiden, har jeg benyttet meg av mange ulike kilder. Jeg har lyst til å dele en av dem, denne sjeldne nyhetsdokumentaren produsert for TV2 i 1993. Fra den gangen MJK fortsatt benyttet seg av AG3 og MP5. Fra den gangen et soundtrack virkelig sugde.