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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Bentall, a physicist specializing in rocket fuels and working for the British government on counter espionageis paired with Marie Hopeman, an inexperienced agent, assigned to pose as his wife.

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Views Read Edit View history. I prefer satisfying endings. Gann would have been much closer to competition he had to worry about.

I tend to disagree with the critics and find his later work much more polished. Mar 04, Helen rated it liked it Shelves: Marie’s role is never completely clear, nor is her intelligence background. Eight scientists to fill them. John Bentall is a spy, during the early cold war, for an unnamed British service.

The Dark Crusader by Alistair MacLean (1961)

I have heard some strange tales in alisgair office, but His spy books, of which this is one, became overshadowed by Ian Fleming’s efforts. Return to Book Page. I remember hunting through piles of books in charity shops to find the paperbacks I was missing, and petitioning my mum for the change to buy them with.

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Ch 6 I turned the operating screw of the shark-repellent canister and a darkish evil-smelling liquid — it would probably have been yellow in daylight — with extraordinary dissolving and spreading qualities spread over the surface of the sea. It is hard to imagine most of them playing baccarat for high stakes at a casino on the Riviera.

Great ending as far as I can remember. But he does a good job of tying them in. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

The Black Shrike by Alistair MacLean

Main character deep and interesting, though the falling in love part seemed rushed and artificial. Thriller Spy novel Novel. His villains are exceptionally ruthless and cold-blooded and his heroes rark be pretty cold-blooded as well.

And in The Dark Crusader MacLean gives the reader the same clues that his protagonist will use to unravel the puzzle.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Hugely outnumbered and outgunned, he has to find a way to thwart the bad guys’ evil scheme. Sebuah kekuatan penggambaran, yang bukan tidak mungkin membuat kita masih bisa mengingat beberapa detail pentingnya, bahkan setelah beberapa puluh tahun kemudian.

A good adventure, true good guys, bad bad guys, some great twists. It is Bentall as a complete human being that elevates The Black Shrike above other novels in the genre. This is is the story of a John Bentall it seems like MacLean was playing the expression to “bent” who has been sent on a mission to track down 8 missing rocket macclean, who have disappeared on their way to jobs in the South Pacific.

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I’m surprised that nobody turned it into a movie, considering how many were. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Sep 03, Cindy crusadee it did not like it Shelves: 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!

No pickpocket ever lifted a wallet with half the delicate care and soundless stealth that I used to lift one of these baulks out of position and lean it against its neighbour. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The only good thing I’ll say about this book is that Maclean had an engaging narrative style that’s fun to read.