The Frozen Flames

Published: 2016 - Publisher: Politikens Forlag - Pages: 546

The Danish war veteran Niels Oxen is thought to have died during an accident at sea. In reality, he has overcome severe injuries on a little island in the Swedish archipelago and is now faced with the worst dilemma of his life:

if the leaders of the secret powerful network Danehof realise that their assassination plot against him failed, they will start a real manhunt to kill him;
if the Danish police realise that he is alive, he will be hunted and accused of a murder that he did not commit.

Nevertheless, Oxen decides to try to unveil the guilty parties. If he does not, he will be doomed to permanent flight – without the chance to see his son again.

Faced with an impossible task, he contacts his previous partner from PET [police intelligence service], Margarethe Franck, who in the meantime has been fired and is working as a till assistant and hotel dishwasher. Oxen and Franck again team up with the former PET chief, Axel Mossman, and his nephew.

The fight against Danehof has had catastrophic consequences for all of them, and they can only get their lives back by defeating the dark men. But how does one fight an invisible enemy?

THE FROZEN FLAMES is a sequel to the first two volumes in the series featuring Niels Oxen, HANGDOGS and THE DARK MEN.

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Only one word covers it: awesome ...

Jens Henrik Jensen excels himself with the third book in the series about the highly-decorated elite soldier Niels Oxen. “The frozen flames” simmers with suspense, bubbles with action, teams with colourful individuals – all told in a way that only one word can express: awesome.
... A good book is surely like great art: hard to define, why it is so good. But when one comes across it, one is not in doubt. Quality has a life of its own. It works through the way that it strikes us. And this is the case with Jens Henrik Jensen’s new novel, “The frozen flames”.
(...) Everyone will be able to enjoy the delightful scent of quality.
... In what is becoming an overwhelming number of Danish crime writers, there are few who are close to Jensen’s quality. Together with Jussi Adler-Olsen, he defines the highest standard in the genre.
... This ability simultaneously to create suspense, write about violence and death and still show people in nuanced colours – and include a surprising, quiet melancholy and poetry in the middle of the dramas – that is what characterises a great author who can do more than create suspense. Jens Henrik Jensen has these characteristics. That makes it a real pleasure to read his novels.
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Clear your diary and put your feet up

... The language flows, the action is vivid and draws you in from the start. Just like its two predecessors, this was a novel which largely read itself: I could simply not put it down until I had turned the final page.
... This is top entertainment, delightfully designed conspiracy theories, many mysteries and loose ends which keep the reader’s attention. And then all the loose ends are tied together at the end, in an easy and very natural way. Razor-sharp plot, solid characters and a plot that is sustained all the way for the third novel running. I maintain that JHJ is Denmark’s best writer in this genre, and he cements that reputation with this superb novel. That really only leaves two things: the impatient wait for the next book from JHJ and then: Clear your diary, put your feet up and penetrate the Danish power elite – another must-read.
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Oxen - convincing and gripping

... This becomes a thundering chase, full of intrigues, secrets and betrayal, soldierly wiles and furious action – all told with insight not least in the proud, martyred mind of the veteran, giving a real heroic tale with wicked enemies and loyal friends.
There have been dozens of thrillers about secret power structures, but they only rarely work as convincingly and powerfully as Jensen’s trilogy. This is because he refines his writing with a commanding overview and insight into more than close combat techniques – thereby making the whole series worth five stars.
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What do the readers say?

Thank you!!!!!!!!! Thanks for 3 days of intense reading of your new book... It’s great to have an outing with Oxen. Sometimes with gaping astonishment at the developments, but worth reading...
♦ Hanne Birthe Jensen

It’s so stunningly good, sitting and thinking “more, more, we need more about Oxen and Co...” This can’t possibly be the end.
♦ Annette Jørgensen

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