Some features of WorldCat will not be available. I can't say this is an 'edge-of-the-seat thriller' more a light-hearted jaunt. From the first page there is action that only stops long enough to make one hold his breath. While searching the surrounding area in a Fleet Air Arm Helicopter, Calvert meets the occupants of a castle, Lord Kirkside and his teenage daughter Susan, who both clearly want him away well from the castle, and a fierce gun-toting local on his private island. An original issue paperback, thin with small type. He is pitted against a wily Greek shipping magnate who is hijacking gold laden ships in the Irish Sea. With Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon. It starts with an vivid, but accurate description of the Peacemaker Colt and what effects it should have when it's trained on a man.

To see what your friends thought of this book. He discovers a powerful radio transmitter and caches of gold bullion. He fights and kills Quinn, one of the divers, whom he has previously encountered and who he suspects killed Hunslett. I'll have to read a few more from MacLean.

Alistair MacLean is a magnificent storyteller, has wrote many thrillers in 20th century and the one I read first of his is, “When Eight bells toll”, thrill and suspense in the title itself. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. Search . I had forgotten that they exist. by HarperCollins. This is an engaging and solid espionage novel. But's a a MacLean and it had a helicopter on the cover. It was ok, not too good but not too bad either. MacLean should have tried short stories. An enjoyable read. Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2010-03-01 16:25:50 Bookplateleaf 0002 Boxid IA110122 Camera … Someone is hijacking ships and no one knows who or why. At midnight (eight bells) the shark fishermen ram the gates of the underground dock with their boat. In short, everything you want from an Alistair MacLean novel and none of his customary weaknesses: no ham-fisted dialogue, no purple prose and no unconvincing romantic subplot.

374 pages ; 18 cm Millions of pounds in … I really enjoyed Calvert's sense of humour and there were some very amusing quips. Welcome back. I did enjoy the dark humour from the narrator and main character, Philip Calvert, but I just couldn't take him seriously as a ruthless special agent. When I picked up this book three years ago, I promised myself that I would never read it. Then again, a 'not favorite' MacLean is better than a lot of other books. [Alistair MacLean] Home. They are joined by Skouras's second wife, Charlotte, who claims to have escaped from his physical and psychological abuse of her. Our hero is a James Bond type, an utterly dead-pan very British undercover agent. The subject field is required. You can't go far wrong with an Alistair MacLean novel. Buy one to-day and it would be indistinguishable from the one Wyatt Earp wore when he was the Marshal of Dodge City. MacLean calls on his own Scottish background to authentically portray the rugged weather, people and terrain of western Scotland. Not tongue in cheek at all. Not tongue in cheek at all. It marked MacLean's return after a three-year gap, following the publication of Ice Station Zebra (1963), during which time he had run several restaurants.[1][2].

You can easily create a free account. Facing a dismissal for the untimely death of two of his colleagues on the mission, Calvert has 48 hours to recover the gold before he is taken off the job. It emerges that Skouras is also an innocent victim of the pirates; one of several who are working under duress. It is a little dated now but still remains an action packed read. When he returns to Firecrest, he finds Hunslett is missing. The E-mail message field is required. still liked the secret agent stuff. Notes. Of course, there's a beauty woman of mystery involved. The pirates are expecting them because, in a final twist, Charlotte has been transmitting Calvert's plans to them. I have read a few MacLean books, but this is not one of his best. All rights reserved. The helicopter crashes, explodes and plummets into the sea. Our hero is a James Bond type, an utterly dead-pan very British undercover agent. 04. My first book of the year and my second book by Alistair MacLean. It's not that MacLean isn't a muscular and propulsive writer. When that venture proved less than successful, he resumed his career as one of the world’s top-selling thriller writers.

His real wife is not dead, as is widely believed, but in a French nursing home – Charlotte Meiner is her cousin and also under threat. Very similar to modern spy adventures without all the computer/satellite/data analysis. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He is pitted against a wily Greek shipping magnate who is hijacking gold laden ships in the Irish Sea. It has to be close. When that venture proved less than successful, he resumed his career as one of the world’s top-selling thriller writers. Written in Alistair MacLean usual gripping style. Some gritty stuff takes place, as well as amazing and heroic narrow escapes. Under cover of being marine biologists on a UNESCO project, they travel in the Firecrest, an outwardly normal but very specially equipped motor launch. Please enter the message. When eight bells toll by Maclean, Alister, author. I remember liking the first scene. I'd never read any MacLean, so when this came my way I thought, 'Why not?' Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Start by marking “When Eight Bells Toll” as Want to Read: Error rating book. He seemed a little long-winded in places here and there, so I had to do some 'scanning past' in this book where I don't usually have to with his other books. Just the good stuff, for a joyous and breathless 220 pages. # [Ulverscroft large print series. A very good story - I hadn't read it for a while, but well worth reading again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When a pirate speedboat approaches, Calvert rams it, shoots the occupants and blows up the boat in vengeance for Hunslett's death. But late at night, they are boarded by local police and plain-clothes men claiming to be customs officers seeking information on stolen chemicals. Calvert's frantic search for the hijackers and for the hostages they hold takes him over the remote isles and sea lochs and forces him to make allies of some unlikely locals. Eventually I got rid of the books and ,in many respects, forgot about them.

Whenever he sees me with a book in my hand, he comes over asks about that book and then recommends a few of his own. They manage to track the latest hijacked ship – the Nantesville, carrying £8 million in gold bullion – to the Scottish Highlands and the sleepy port town of Torbay on the Island of Torbay (patterned after Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull). But if you’re a casual reader of dread and... From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Not having received any further communications from his agents, Uncle Arthur arrives himself by commandeered RAF launch. But's a a MacLean and it had a helicopter on the cover. Clearly, the hijackers are getting impeccable intelligence.