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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Santorini by Alistair MacLean. Reissue of the gripping tale of sabotage at sea, from the acclaimed master of mqclean and suspense. In the heart of the Aegean Sea, a luxury yacht is on fire and sinking fast. Minutes later, a four-engined jet with a fire in its nose-cone crashes into the sea.
Is there a sinister connection between these two tragedies? And is it an accident that the Ariadne, a NATO spy ship, Reissue of the gripping tale sanforini sabotage at sea, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.
And is it an accident that the Ariadne, a NATO spy ship, is the only vessel in the vicinity – the only witness?
Only Commander Talbot of the Ariadne can provide the answers as he uncovers a deadly plot involving drugs and terrorism – leading to the heart of the Pentagon. Paperbackpages. Published by Fontana first published December To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Santoriniplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
I registered a book at BookCrossing. Reminiscent of “The Hunt for Red October” and novels like those this made me think of something I had never considered before, a nuclear mine for the sea ways. 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.
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 be if something like this book actually happened and I do believe that it could. Dec 01, Jeff rated it liked it. 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.
The story itself was rock solid and a page turner, yet somehow he wrote dialogue that was so dated and repetitive it was hard to slog through. This book took forever for me to read because yet again, no first names were used, only ranks usually, so hard to I really santornii to alistaur 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.
This book took forever for me to read because yet again, no first names were used, only ranks usually, so hard to figure out who was talking; and when they did talk they would go on for paragraphs repeating everything they had just said. It could have been so much better and tighter in my opinion. Aug 21, Edmond Gagnon rated it liked it. His subject material is well researched and the story is good, but I felt the dialogue was overloaded with supposition and conjecture.
Overall it was a good read. It has been well over twenty years since I last read this novel. I read it on a whim, and enjoyed the reading. It had a swntorini plot; the basic plot is one that the author [and many others like him] has recycled over and over and over.
It moved at a decent pace, I guess. It had a lot of ‘talking’ and not a lot of a,istair [action] in aliistair.
The character development is so-so, I guess. Characters are maclfan, but there are so many characters that there is not much room for any kind of maaclean. It is your ‘basic’ kind of story in that there is some kind of catastrophe [or accident] involving some kind of advanced weapons-technology. A widget is required for the recovery operation, only the ally is unwilling to relinquish control of the widget.
Eventually, the widget is shared, treachery in high places is uncovered, and ‘justice’ finally prevails in the end. One thing that stood out to me, though, was a conversation between the British Ambassador to the United States and the President. The President believes he must ‘come clean’ and ‘air the dirty laundry’ of what has happened for all the world to alidtair in regard to the high-ranking treachery.
The British Ambassador states that this airing of dirty laundry is not only unnecessary but counterproductive. He also goes on to give some decent examples of why this is the case. People most assuredly do NOT have a ‘right’ to ‘know everything’ in intimate detail. It is not necessary; it can also be dangerous to individuals when some things are revealed. Invariably, the press only gives a limited side of what they are covering and how they present the story to the general population [especially, it seems, when politics become involved].
The ‘issue’ of the two high-ranking traitors is santorink and quietly resolved, without any fanfare. Oddly enough, the character with the most development is the villain of the piece. He is introduced exhibiting some odd behavior, and the Royal Navy officers eventually discover his criminal background as well as how wealthy he is. We end up learning more about him than any other character in the book, which means he has the most character development.
The RN captain calls him [the ‘main villain’] a ‘mad dog,’ and rightly so. The final solution is quite final indeed. Despite the lack of ‘action’ in the book, it still moved at a good pace.
There were some ‘odd jumps’ where the scenario would abruptly change between the RN vessel and the White Alistaair that was a bit jarring. It seems like he as done a better job bouncing between locales in other stories. It did seem like, at times, he had characters repeating each other.
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. His books are always interesting to read, because despite the amount of testosterone he tries to instill in his books, the hero rarely ‘gets the girl’ during the course of the book.
There is maclexn little if any romance, in this book. I do not think it detracts from the book; it is just interesting how romance [or seduction] rarely factors into his stories. Overall, it was still a fun read. Despite its failings and whatnot, I still enjoyed it. Oct 17, Robert Jenkins rated it liked it Shelves: Over the past couple of years I’ve read all of Alistair MacLean’s books in chronological order I’d previously read most of them back in the ‘s.
So it was with a bit of wistfulness that I took up this one, the last novel he wrote before passing away in It’s well known among MacLean readers that his last few books didn’t really compare to his earlier works. I was hoping this would be an exception. And it does have a pretty decent beginning with a simultaneous plane crash and yacht sin Over the past couple of years I’ve read all of Alistair MacLean’s books in chronological order I’d previously read most of them back in the ‘s.
And it does have a pretty decent beginning with a simultaneous plane crash and yacht sinking alietair the Aegean Sea near a conveniently-placed British ship. However, things get slow soon thereafter.
The book is almost completely characters sitting around talking with just a few dollops of action, mostly concerned with exploring the sunken yacht and raising the crashed plane which is loaded with a rather nasty cargo to shake things up a bit. Of course, you need villains in a novel like this, and they are present here. However, the good guys figure their scheme out almost immediately and the bad guys never really have a chance to get away with it, though they think they do.
Essentially, the main villain is supposed to be a high-powered international drug smuggler and all-around evil mastermind but he really comes across as a rather gullible fool. Not MacLean’s best characterization. Another thing that is distracting from the book is that everyone, whether Greek, American, or the President of the U. MacLean does not do a good job of making his characters act like their nationality. In fairness, that was a problem in many of his other books as well.
Overall, I can’t recommend this to someone new to MacLean, but someone who has read more of his books might enjoy it more. You won’t be disappointed in any of these. Really though, anything he wrote before about or so is superior to anything after that. Dec 13, Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve wanted to get back to Alistair MacLean for a number of years now and just haven’t done it. Admittedly, this particular MacLean novel may not have been the best place to start. Reportedly, it is the last novel he wrote and was published just a year before his death.
By that I mean, we pretty much know what is going on and who I’ve wanted to get back to Alistair MacLean for a number of years now and just haven’t done it. By that I mean, we pretty much know what is going on and who are the bad guys very early on and so there is never much suspense building up.
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I kept wondering how things would change up and show that what we thought was happening was really happening at all. It’s a more cerebral MacLean book than I remember from the handful of other books I’ve read by him.
That would be OK but the style and the plot seemed ho hum and lacked energy. Another thing I noticed: Annoying and it made it hard to route for them in some scenes. But even with these negative observations, I still enjoyed the book overall.