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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And, folks, it almost broke me. 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 alishair. I found this less effective than previous books by MacLean because he seems to have fallen into a sort of comfortable pattern of characterization.

Predictably boring adventure on the seas, full of classic English stereotypical sailor characters and mediterranean baddies.

After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster. Retrieved from ” https: The amount of dialogue could probably have been significantly reduced if alistxir 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.

Despite the lack of ‘action’ in the book, it still moved at a good pace. Commander Talbot of the British spy ship, HMS Ariadne, must determine if the yacht’s survivors are responsible while trying to disarm and recover the weapons before the bomb explodes.

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MacLean does not do a good job of making his characters act like their nationality. This is MacLean’s second to last novel, written late in his macleqn.

SANTORINI by Alistair MacLean | Kirkus Reviews

Refresh and try again. In Santorini there is an initial mystery, but there is no opportunity for suspense to really buil Santorini was ok, but I got the distinct impression that someone else had written it, as the style was so different. It has been well over twenty zlistair since I last read this novel.

I suppose the strain of writing the 28 novels before Santorini finally caught up with Mr. There was a problem adding your email address. Really though, anything he wrote before about or so is superior to anything after that.


Its a little dry towards the end, with a gizmo solving the small difficulty the team gets into at the end. Oct 14, Lenny Husen rated it it was ok.

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]. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. His subject material is well researched and the story is good, but I felt the dialogue was overloaded with supposition and conjecture. Rounding down because there is nothing to say to recommend this book.

He died of heart failure on February 2, at the age of Dec 13, Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it Shelves: A slight spurt of action opens the novel as Cmdr.

In fairness, that was a problem in many of his other books as well. Santorini was ok, but I got the distinct impression that someone else had written it, as the style was so different.


Another thing that is distracting from the book is that everyone, whether Greek, American, or the President of the U. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nevertheless, for all its faults, the fact that I finished it alistaair that MacLean on an off-day is still worth reading.

This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat Santlrinias this was Alistair MacLeans’ last book, it is arguably his weakest. Oct macleaan, Nicola rated it liked it. There is very little if any romance, in this book.

The worst story from my all time favorite story teller. Overall, I can’t recommend this to someone new to MacLean, but someone who has read more of his books might enjoy it more.

A NATO surveillance ship crew witnesses an unidentified military-type plane crash into the sea close by, as a businessman’s yacht nearby catches on fire, requiring a rescue I could practically hear him reading the lines. Routine patrols suddenly erupt into a storm of sudden danger when the Ariadne must retrieve atomic weaponry lost at sea during a jet crash!

You won’t be disappointed in any of these. I was hoping this ,aclean be an exception. Before becoming a full-time author, he was santogini teacher.