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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Previous novels were much more sharp alostair distinct character personalities, but everyone in the book, including the Americans and Greeks all seemed to be clones of Richard Burton from Where Eagles Dare also a MacLean book.

A Biography, and Santorini. Refresh and try again. 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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So it was with a bit of wistfulness that I took up this one, the last novel he wrote before passing away in This book took forever for me to read because yet again, no first names were used, only ranks usually, so hard to figure out who was talking; and when they did talk they would go on for paragraphs repeating everything they had just said.


There is very little if naclean romance, in this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Paperbackpages. It’s well known among MacLean readers that his last few books didn’t really compare to his earlier works. In the normal MacLean book you start with a mystery, and the hero of the book progresses through gaining the odd fact or clue here and there. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The character development is so-so, I guess. I registered a book at BookCrossing. Views Read Edit View alustair.

To ask other readers questions about Santoriniplease sign up. Overall, I can’t recommend this to someone new to MacLean, but someone who has read more of his books might enjoy it more. It did seem like, at times, he had characters repeating each other. The story itself was rock solid and a page turner, yet somehow he wrote dialogue that was so dated and repetitive it was hard to slog through.

Very little in the way of action and the end carries little impact. Of course, you need villains in a novel like this, and they are present here.


But the next one I read of his will be one of his earlier works, usually regarded as his better stuff. Preview — Santorini by Alistair MacLean. And is it an accident that the Ariadne, a NATO spy ship, santorinni the only vessel in the vicinity – the only witness?


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 ways. He is introduced exhibiting some odd behavior, malean the Royal Navy officers eventually discover his criminal background as well as how wealthy he is.

Santorini First edition UK. The book just lacks the tension and punch of his other books. MacLean really should be rediscovered, as he wrote an amazing array of political thrillers of which several made it to movies Guns of Navarone and Ice Station Zebra for example.

Santorini was ok, but I got the distinct impression that someone else had written it, as the style was so different. Fawcett Crest- Fiction – pages. Want to Read saving….

It had a lot of ‘talking’ and not a lot of ‘doing’ [action] in it. This novel, in particular, relies heavily on dialogue and, frankly, al I seem to have been reading a lot of Alistair MacLean novels recently.