"Tidigt på annandagens morgon år 2012 vaknar de jullediga svenskarna till en ny värld. Ett strömlöst, mörkt och iskallt Sverige. En dag då allting förändras." Midvintermörker
is the first novel written by the Swedish blogger and author Lars Wilderäng. It follows several characters as Sweden
is attacked by a foreign power. It is essentially a military thriller, filled with battles, borderline political satire and a lot
of military terms and technology. Considered to be a warning text about the decline of the Swedish armed forces
Tropes used include:
- Artistic License: Averted. The author has been doing his research. Especially and annoyingly so in the radio traffic.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: The Final attack on Slite.
- Action Girl: Several.
- Mia, Swedish police officer. Aside from the first few pages, the book is one big action movie for her.
- Elin is another good example; having been raised as the son the father never had.
- Achilles' Heel: The Russian ship carrying their main force
- Ace Pilot: Kapten Sven Borg. Nine confirmed kills, and he lives to tell the tale.
- Anyone Can Die: One chapter is called "Die Die Die" for a very good reason
- Big Bad: The Russians.
- Big Damn Heroes The author seems very fond of this trope.
- JAS 39 Gripens arrive like the riders of Rohan when Russian helicopters attack ground forces.
- During an intense battle with Russian infantry, the Marines hear the sound of tanks. They are Swedish and end the battle decisively for the Swedes
- Elin. Enough said.
- Big Bulky Bomb: The Father of All Bombs are deployed twice with horrifying results.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While the Swedes are given a small chance, and a desperate plan - the outcome is really not in doubt; despite the fact that the Swedish tactical objective is accomplished
- Cool Boat: Stridsbåt 90
- Cold Sniper: Our only look at the Russians perspective
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
- A subordinate reports having interrogated a prisoner and claims to only have used the much despised basic values manual.
- Both sides also end up using waterboarding against prisoners.
- Deathfrom Above: The Su-25 Frogfoot and JAS 39 Gripen both get their turns at this.
- Hollywood Tactics: Averted.
- False Flag Operation: The assault on Visby Airport.
- Old-School Dogfight: Sven Borg enters one near the end, shooting down several enemy aircraft.
- Taking You with Me A Swedish Naval Officer is held on the Russian flagship and tortured by the Captain. When the ship is destroyed, he grabs the Captain and make sure both drown.
- War Is Hell
- You Arein Command Now: Several.
- The Vice Prime Minister Gerd Olsson is promoted as the Prime Minister is killed.
- During the battle of Gotland, Erik Segerfält is promoted as his superior officer is killed.