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More of the same, really, with some dodgy physics and some dodgy sexist stuff. I enjoyed the local colour, but overall this failed to thrill.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/11193579
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Another MacLean first person spy thriller. Set mainly in Amsterdam, it throws in most of the Dutch stereotypes you can think of: tall white hats, barrel organs, drugs (treated, from cannabis to heroin, with blanket horror). Very stereotypically MacLean, too: smartarse narrator, distracting but not necessarily competent women, and never-trust-anyone, die horribly (particularly if you're a competent woman), plot. Much like Fleming's Bond. It kept me guessing - and reading.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10200586/
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According to my father in law, this is the one that's never taken off, that's never been filmed, etc, etc, etc. I had got to about page seventy-five by the time he told me this, and I must say I can rather see why. It was something of an uphill struggle. However, I persevered to the end, and found that it continued to be turgid, far-fetched, and not really gripping enough to compensate for the general unlikeability of the characters. All of the characters.

A pity, because on the whole I enjoy Alistair MacLean, but not this one.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7613098
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Query: zebbra or zeebra? I never know. Parents said one, school said another. Anyway, that's hardly MacLean's fault.

Query: if an unreliable narrator hints heavily to me, the reader, that he is unreliable, does that make him reliable? Unreliable? Or just really, really, annoying? (Though not half as annoying as Albert Campion in whichever was the last Allingham I read, I may say.)

Anyway, these little niggles aside, this was a thrilling enough thriller - technical detail was interesting, but it didn't get bogged down in it; most of the main characters were well-differentiated; unusual setting; full marks for gory descriptions. Shan't be re-reading, but good to have read.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/2002001

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