When I first got a Kindle, my husband loaded it with a bunch of ebooks published by Baen books, and this was one of them. I needed a random book from my Kindle to read while we were on another bike trip. I picked it solely based on the title.
Genre: military urban fantasy
Length: 336 pages
Setting: a cave in Scandinavia in the 1990s and the Middle East sometime before that
Summary: Our narrator, Randy Barnes, is an ex-special forces operator heading down into the deepest cave in Scandinavia. His guide doesn’t realize it, but Randy is looking to fight Odin. We learn through a series of flashbacks about Randy’s time in the Middle East guarding nuclear missiles. At some point, he made an oath to Odin after being saved from detection by a group of insurgents. At some point, his best friend, who also believed and worshiped Odin, died and Randy seems to have taken that personally.
Final thoughts: The summary is incomplete because I quite after about 50 pages. I was bored with the story. It was military fiction because Randy related his experiences, but they mostly involved standing in a guard tower or patrolling the woods. There just wasn’t enough action to put up with the mediocre writing. I was looking for something amusing and fun and got brooding and boring instead.
Title comes from: Sleipnir is Odin’s horse who came looking for something one night Randy was on duty. I never found out why it came by since that’s when I gave up in boredom.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since I didn’t finish the book
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