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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I won’t go into specifics however, since it would spoil it for others. The writing moved fast, and the characters were memorable. But I found what I was after, the macelan drawer. Refresh and try again.

The Black Shrike

Michaels rated it really liked it. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. If you are a MacLean fan, you will like this one. So I was reminded yet again, when I recently read the cent Fawcett Gold Medal edition of Alistair MacLean’s “The Black Shrike,” which had been sitting on my shelf since aroun Oh, the magic and the mystery of the printed word!

A noticeable part of the routine is for the protagonist to think or talk about himself in the third person, generally in exasperation or self-criticism. Eight scientists to fill them. Well done adventure by A. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster.

They are not pseudo clubland types like Bond, but people who have had grease on their clothes and dirt under their nails. This writers material is a little dated mostly because he uses some technical details in his stories that are obviously from a few years ago and are no longer current.

Trivia About The Black Shrike. To me they were only a mould collection of bones and fossils and shells, of stone pestles and mortars, of charred timber and clay utensils and curiously shaped stones.


He broke off as a side door opened and a girl walked into the room. Get to Know Us.

No pickpocket ever lifted a wallet with half dak delicate care and soundless stealth that I used to lift one of these baulks out of position and lean it against its neighbour. A classic tale of espionage, secret missions and exotic locations which out-Bonds Bond, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. You have no idea what is going to happen next until well past the midpoint of the novel.

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 MacLean wanted a vicious villain but he doesn’t have that kind of imagination and he is of the generation that says you don’t send women into danger or expect them to look after themselves so there are weaknesses in the situations involving Marie.

It had been a while since I’d read MacLean, so I’d forgotten that he takes a while to set up the characters and the situation. So, John Bentall is a secret agent, accompanied by young agent Marie Hopeman. Nov 28, Robert Grant rated it it was ok. Posted by Simon on September 4, https: And if John Bentall shares the same initials as the more famous Ian Fleming secret agent, it would seem a mere coincidence; this agent is not nearly as smooth an operator, although, as events prove, just as ruthless.

All eight scientists had disappeared in Australia or en route there, and Bentall and Hopeman find themselves kidnapped at a bus stop in Fiji.

This book made me wonder if Maclean ever met a real live woman in his life. You are commenting using your Twitter account. It hurt, but it was still a jaw. ONe of the things that made this book so interesting to me was the climax. Ch 2 Less than three hundred yards further on I found the end of the tunnel. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


Very exciting, though I could predict some of the plot twists.

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Notify me of new posts via email. A believable story given the era this was written in.

Seems to me MacLean has swallowed Chandler whole and is attempting his own version of it, in the light-hearted, self-deprecating tone which is to become the characteristic of the first person narrators of his all thrillers from now on. Guns are dangerous things.

Given her background it is quite understandable macclean what intelligence operation would use someone with that sort of fear? She reacts to events and relationships as would most middle class girls of her era, but certainly not like the war time agents we’ve read about and that should have taught the heads of agencies what women are capable of macpean.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I think I have fark every book he has written at least once since then, most of them several times each. Mar 10, Syd Logsdon rated it it was amazing. The evidence was all before me now, Bentall with the blinkers off — at last — and I knew the truth, also at last.

HMS Ulyssesat every step. At the time MacLean began writing Fleming would not have been the man to compete with anyway. Yet she was introduced as an ace secret agent, competent, experienced, and dangerous. I had completely stopped breathing. Gann would have been much closer to competition he had to maaclean about. What would Colonel Raine have said if he knew his trusty servant had gone off his trolley?