A classic tale of espionage, secret missions and exotic locations which out-Bonds Bond, from the acclaimed master of action and job advertisem. Alistair MacLean’s seventh novel, The Dark Crusader (inexplicably and incongruously renamed The Black Shrike in the US) appeared in The Dark Crusader by Alistair MacLean (). This is a cracking thriller, but with a significantly different tone from the earlier books. It seems.

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When he winds up on the Fijiian island of Vanu, he finds more than he was bargaining for, an island paradise where the cold war is being played out.

Ch 10 This tendency becomes epidemic by towards the end where our hero, seriously beaten, bitten, shot and whipped, blames himself for everything which has gone wrong. If you have not read him before, this is a good one to introduce you to him. And for a men’s adventure tale I found myself strangely emotional at the novel’s end.

On flat ground of course. Email required Address never made public. Government agent John Deakin poses as cruasder wanted criminal in order to foil a gang smuggling guns to Injuns in the Rockies and planning to steal government gold in return.

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In fact one cannot help suspecting that MacLean was deliberately distancing himself fhe the style of the Bond novels. God, I should have known this was coming, I thought of her face twisted in pain, the hazel eyes dark in agony, it was the most obvious thing in the world.

And then there is drama, twists, and treason. Much of The Dark Crusader takes place on a Pacific Island but this is not the kind of tropical paradise familiar to James Bond and alistaair ilk. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

His spy books, of which this is one, became overshadowed by Ian Fleming’s efforts. Every time I started reading it, the hero was doing or saying something tough, and the love interest was acting like an airhead instead of the strong undercover agent she was said to be in the first chapter. The cleverer-than-anybody evil villain.


John Bentall, who ceusader just returned from intelligence work in the Middle East, is told he is to go straight to Heathrow from where he will fly to Australia with his “wife” and look into the disap This was first published in and is typical of the period, although it’s different in that it’s not so strongly West vs East and the setting is in the South Pacific. The story is right out of the cold war in either the late 50’s or early 60’s and is full of the intrigue that era was famous for.

Jul 19, E. It crusacer completely against everything that was the norm for spy novels of the day–and even today.

Alistair MacLean’s The Dark Crusader

It is barren, bleak, ugly and cheerless. In T he Dark Crusader drak, the next in the series, the same lighter tone is present in spades, along with a snappier writing style, using facetiousness, self-deprecation and repetition for comic affect. The key difference is that his heroes were more likely to find themselves in harsh, hostile, unforgiving settings. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Explore the Home Gift Guide.

I thought I’d try out a “cheap” thriller, see what it was like. The advertisements offered high rates of pay to applicants who were married, had no children and were prepared for immediate travel.

The Dark Crusader by Alistair MacLean (1961)

This book had a great premise, and started off well enough. And the bad guy is not only a cliche evil genius, but he’s also a cliche evil genius who looks just like a famous and eccentric Oh, no! Guns are dangerous things. The only good thing I’ll say about this book is that Maclean had an engaging narrative style that’s fun to read. This was the last of my old “pocket books,” as they used to call them – small and thin enough to fit in any pocket; front, back In this gripping spy thriller, British physicist turned secret agent John Bentall tells his tale.

This is a terrific book, one of my favorite MacLeans. Eight scientists to fill them. Ch 10 God, I should have known this was coming, I thought of her face twisted in pain, the hazel eyes dark in agony, it was the most obvious thing in the world. Mar 04, Helen rated it liked it Shelves: Hugely outnumbered and outgunned, he ha Reading a couple of old titles by A.


A good adventure, true good guys, bad bad guys, some great twists. Cleaned and oiled and everything. And the bad guy is not only a cliche evil genius, but he’s also a cliche evil genius who looks just like a famous and eccentric scientist who’s critical to the plot. This story is a little different than most of his, especially at the ending. Interestingly, many critics attacked him for thinking things such as portable atomic mines–the technology just didn’t exist back then–but these days, the concept of a dirty bomb, and other variations on the nuclear bomb are part and parcel of the newspaper headlines.

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One person found this helpful. ONe of the things that made this book so interesting to me was the climax. Another classic spy drama from master thriller writer Alistair MacLean. MacLean, like Fleming, sent his heroes to far-flung places. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Not that I’m a cynical guy, but too much happy makes me puke.

The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in Bentall will soon find out exactly why a scientist like himself with expertise in solid fuel rocket technology was chosen for this mission.

As with all Alistair MacLean books, this is a very good read. One of my comfort reads, though now I need a strong cup of tea. Sydn Eight job advertisements. Just the kind of setting he loves to put his heroes in, and just the kind of setting that gives MacLean the chance to display his considerable gifts for creating menacing crusacer.

Okay, so this isn’t great literature. Want aoistair Read Currently Reading Read. Eight scientists – and their wives – disappear.

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