Scandinavian Thriller: The Celtic Ring By Björn Larsson

Björn Larsson was born in central Sweden in 1953, and went to school in the city of Jönköping, but he actually lives with his wife (a marine biologist) in a little fishing village at the northern tip of Denmark. That is where he really made his mark with Den keltiska ringen (The Celtic Ring), a novel whose main character Larsson says is his boat Rustica. This is an entertaining novel and here is our take on this story.

A Brief Summary:

On a dark night in the Danish harbor of Dragor, Ulf receives a log-book from a lone sailor who then disappears. The log's bizarre records lead Ulf and his friend, Torben, into a dangerous winter crossing of the North Sea toward Scotland. They are trying to find out more about a secret organization called The Celtic Ring.

As they pass through the Caledonian Canal, a lock-gate bursts open, nearly killing them. Fear and paranoia begin to take hold as they come to suspect that someone wants them dead. And then they notice the black fishing boat trailing close in their wake.

Before long, Ulf and Torben find themselves at odds with arms smugglers, a Druidic cult, and some of the world's most dangerous waters.

Our Take:

We are no sailor but we definitely felt the joy of the sea and sailing through reading this book.

The idea of the plot is such that motivates the reader to follow the main characters throughout the book to find out what Celtic Ring is and what secret lies in the organization. In many occasions, the author provides informative historical backgrounds and also nautical details which shows the depth of research the author has put into the novel.

In a nutshell, this book can be summarized with the following words: Sailing, politics, history, secret organizations, and exotic ports. We highly recommend this book to the lovers of mystery novels especially the ones who enjoy reading sailing and nautical thrillers. 

Our Rating: 3.7

Like Books By Björn Larsson?

Here are two of the novels by this author translated into English so far. Click on the images to go to Amazon page for each book.