Santorini. Alistair MacLean, Author Doubleday Books $ (p) ISBN MacLean (The Lonely Sea has trumped up so many aspects of this novel that he . Santorini by Alistair MacLean – book cover, description, publication history. MacLean’s last novel, San Andreas, falsely promised a return to the crisp energies of his earlier suspensers (Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles.

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The President believes he must ‘come clean’ and ‘air the dirty laundry’ of what has happened for all the world to see in regard to the high-ranking treachery. I was hoping this would be an exception. Oct 22, Alitsair rated it liked it. Aware that it all seems This book took forever for me to read because yet again, no first names were used, only ranks usually, so hard to I really wanted to like this book, considering it was the last book he wrote before he passed away the following year, and chronologically it was right after my favorite book as a kid San Andreas, written by himself.

SANTORINI by Alistair MacLean | Kirkus Reviews

Overall, I can’t recommend this to someone new to MacLean, but someone who has read more of his books might enjoy it more. But this lackluster new effort about a wayward atom bomb ticking towards doomsday in the Aegean confirms the sad prognosis indicated in Floodgate, Partisans, and Athabasca: MacLean does not do a good job of making his characters act like their nationality. Want to Read saving…. Thus a page novel lumbers interminably toward a damp-squib denouement.

It’s a more cerebral MacLean book than I remember from the handful of other books I’ve read by him. An excellent story, well written with MacLean’s typical crisp maclfan with good English and vocabulary and no wasted words of philosophy or dogma.

It has been well over twenty years since I last read this novel. Aug 24, Greer Andjanetta rated it really liked it. And is it an accident that the Ariadne, a NATO spy ship, Reissue of the gripping tale of sabotage at sea, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.


The villains could certainly have done with being a bit more villainous. MacLean alistwir another fantastic thriller.

A quality of writing not seen too often these days, reminiscent of Nevil Shute or Hammond Innes. Previous novels were much more sharp with distinct character personalities, but everyone in the book, including the Zlistair and Greeks all seemed to be clones of Richard Burton from Where Eagles Dare also a MacLean book. The book just lacks the tension and punch of his other books.


Aug 02, Chad rated it did not like it Shelves: I will say that I am glad that the book takes place where and when it does because now I can only imagine how much worse it could I registered a book at BookCrossing. However, despite that and a few technical errors, this was a tight thriller that was satisfying and kept my interest as well as his early novels. Be the first to discover new talent! A plane crashes near the spy ship Ariadne, at the same time as they receive a distress call from a yacht.

Admittedly, this particular MacLean novel may not have been the best place to start. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Got lost in the pile of other books to read.

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This novel, in particular, relies heavily on dialogue and, frankly, al I seem to have been reading a lot of Alistair MacLean novels recently. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His subject material is well researched and the story is good, but I felt the dialogue was overloaded with supposition and conjecture.


I registered a book at BookCrossing. I found this less effective than previous books by MacLean because he seems to have fallen into a sort of comfortable pattern of characterization.

A fun, quick read. In fairness, that was a problem in many of his other books mmaclean well. Despite its failings and whatnot, I still enjoyed maclwan. The amount of dialogue could probably have been significantly reduced if many of the repetitive comments were to be removed, or restated so that reference is made to the prior conversation and then moving on from there, as very little ‘new’ information seemed to be added with subsequent conversations about the same material.

Please provide an email address. Only Commander Talbot of the Ariadne can provide the answers as aljstair uncovers a deadly plot involving drugs and terrorism – leading to the heart of the Pentagon.

He graduated with a degree in English from Glasgow University. I do not think it detracts from the book; it is just interesting how romance [or seduction] rarely factors into his stories. And the setting seems hardly used This article about a thriller novel of the s is a stub. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a teacher. However, the good guys figure their scheme out almost immediately and the bad guys never really have a chance to get away with santprini, though they think they do.

There then follows maclsan whole bunch of talking, second guesses all of which seem to be right and a rather lacklustre finish. Nevertheless, for all its faults, the fact that I finished it shows that MacLean on an off-day is still worth reading.