Most of these I pass on, this one I will keep. If the few pages about Communism bore you, skip them and enjoy the rest of the story. Michael Reynolds was going insane … slowly but inevitably insane. I don't think I will be purchasing any more of MacClean's books. It was an old spy novel, with all the old macho guy toughness, including the kiss to maintain cover that turns into a romantic kiss.
This was the first of his books I had read in 40 years. I've read Maclean's books years ago and remember them as breezy spy adventures, and this one started off as such, but then became a political discussion of Russia, Hungary, and Europe in general. Now reissued in a new cover style. It never ever felt like MacLean! What can you say about Alistair MacLean? The distance from Budapest to the Polish city of Stettin is said to be 1,000 miles, whereas a casual look at a map reveals that it is only half that. I found it, well, boring if I am honest.
Alistair MacLean is probably the author that started me reading books in the first place! Their stories are gripping, the prose is beautiful, the characters are clear and know their parts, the setting is fantastic and then the tale unfolds. He is possibly the lousiest secret agent I have ever read about; walks into obvious traps, has no original ideas and ultimately, is completely dependent on The Count and Jansci. Coming to the question of rating the book, I would say that this book is a reasonable thriller, with a lot of flaws but then, a flaw in the protagonist is a very basic flaw and thus, I would not be able to deem the book as a good read with a rating of six and hence, my rating for this book would be a five. He handles action very well and understands pace. Blurb An undercover mission beyond the Iron Curtain to recover a defected scientist goes disastrously wrong — a classic early Cold War thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. He has a great portfolio of excellent thrillers. That is when you come across the real rough - you hit the rough patch and the raft just gets thrown hither and thither - you cling on to the raft for dear life.
It wasn't boring, but certainly not fast-paced. Why not, thats how the language is and the author plays teasingly and tantalisingly with the words. Michael Reynolds was going insane … slowly but inevitably insane. No matter how small the character's role - the author attaches equal importance and ensures that the character blends into the story and does not vanish all of a sudden - many an author fail to tie up loose ends and create characters to highlight some events happening in the story. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. He survives What can you say about Alistair MacLean? I often thought about whether anyone read any MacLean these days, as he was very popular in the 60s and 70s.
The plot is good, a youthful precursor of what Mr. Michael Reynolds was going insane … slowly but inevitably insane. So this might not be the best MacLean to start with, but parts of it reminded me why I liked him so much growing up. To view it, What I disliked about this book: The protagonist is unconvincing in his 'best man for the job' designation. Let me just give a quick narrative of what to expect out of a novel by Alistair Maclean rather than narrating the story of the last frontier, the entire plot eludes memory because I read it long ago - but some of the plots and ideas remain etched in memory. Its a great tale which tries to make one side understand the other.
I guess I'll be more careful next time which one I choose. I still love the narrative style of the book. Have not read any since so it has been awhile. He has a great portfolio of excellent thrillers. Have not read any since so it has been awhile.
All stories are not typical cases where you just say , 'All is well that ends well. There are also numerous fight scenes, and these are descriptive without becoming wordy. I remember the day I read this book, we had something special for lunch - it was spicy beef roast I think. The characters also lack depth, caricatured to the point where it feels like they were taken from a comic book. And the most terrible part of it was that he knew it. Interesting to a point and then relentlessly boring.
Reynolds continues to get into predicaments, but with the help of his new friends must try and get Jennings. While I am not a Communist sympathiser myself, I still found his book too one sided and yes, to be honest, a lot of modern readers might not even be able to connect with the hate campaign considering, it is nearly three decades since the fall of Communism but then, I wouldn't exactly blame the author for the problems faced by readers in future. They were populated by capable but not infallible characters. Jansci, The Count, Michael Reynolds, Sandor, Julia, Catherine, the Professor and Imre are brave, heroic risk-takers and I like them all. This novel marks MacLean's first foray into the , and was inspired by the events surrounding the. What started as a review of the book has become a review of the author's works. Can't rant more without spoilers.