She was holding the book hostage until Jake could come up with the ransom money. The crew's doctor, Marlowe, finds himself enmeshed in a violent, multi-layered plot in which very few of the persons aboard are whom they Description: A converted fishing trawler, Morning Rose carries a movie-making crew across the Barents Sea to isolated Bear Island, well above the Arctic Circle, for some on-location filming, but the script is a secret known only to the producer and screenwriter. Marlowe determines these are not accidental. But there is more to Marlowe than meets the eye. There was something about the author's style that just kept my mind wandering off from the prose.
He is now recognized as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide bestsellers, many of which have been filmed. As a result MacLean, despite his immense success during his lifetime, has been largely ignored even by those who take an interest in popular literature. It seemed to drag on and on and it took me longer to read this relatively short book than a much thicker readable one. I have to admit that Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra run neck and neck as to my absolute favorite books by MacLean. And the story itself did entertain, and the middle part is a little less sexist than the rest, though it rears its chauvinistic head at the end again in a few ways that made me want to throw up.
En route, members of the movie crew and ship's company begin to die under mysterious circumstances. There is plenty of adventure, and some poking around okay, snooping that was pretty fun to read. MacLean knew his strengths and his weaknesses as a writer and quite sensibly he played to his strengths while avoiding his weaknesses. A converted fishing trawler, Morning Rose carries a movie-making crew across the Barents Sea to isolated Bear Island, well above the Arctic Circle, for some on-location filming, but the script is a secret known only to the producer and screenwriter. The crew's doctor, Marlowe, finds himself enmeshed in a violent, multi-layered plot in which very few of the persons aboard are whom they claim to be. A film crew is on a voyage to Bear Island in the Arctic when the ship and film crew members mysteriously start getting killed.
However, this book was a huge chore to slog through. So when I came across this one, not one I had previously heard of, I was excited to pick it up. Mysteries that take place in remote, isolated places where the cast of characters is fairly small and diverse and the plot is complex enough to get your little gray cells working really appeal to me. There were some things I liked, and there were a lot of things I couldn't stand. Marlowe's efforts to unravel the plot become even more complicated once the movie crew is deposited ashore on Bear Island, beyond the reach of the law or outside help.
En route, members of the movie crew and ship's company begin to die under mysterious circumstances. Finally, at the end, one of the characters engages in a prolonged monologue 15-20 pp that explains what happened, who did it, and why, to the readers who are not at all likely to have figured it out on their own. Zebra, what can I say? Please add more Alistair MacLean books if you have any, they are brilliant. Overall a good condition item. Structurally the novel can be considered to be as much a mystery as a thriller, with much in common with golden age detective fiction which delighted in isolating a group of people with a murderer running amok amongst them.
The writing was great and I loved the suspense. The murders continue ashore, and Marlowe, who is not what he seems to be either, discovers they may be related to some forgotten events of the. Purchased from a major auction house. I've been trying many of his books again the past few years. I really didn't enjoy this story at all. Dr Marlowe puts this down to an outbreak of food poisoning but after three deaths the mood on board the Morning Rose is anything but cheerful. He is the medical man working for a film crew who are destined for Bear Island, an isolated setting in the Barents Sea where they will film scenes for a movie.
I'm a storyteller, that's all. But there us something highly unnatural about both the illness and its selection of victims. You can almost feel the cold and see the snow and ice. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. I gave it 4 stars because at a number of points in the story the action became so confusing that I was unable to picture what the characters were doing. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. MacLean not at the peak of his class here.
It's like, one minute Marlowe is a confused doctor on board a ship, grasping at straws and trying to figure out why his fellow passengers are trying to murder each other, and when Smithy asks him to level with him, Marlowe doesn't dare because he doesn't know Smithy and can't trust him. The mystery in this one was almost too complicated, though, and it required a rather lengthy explanation by the na I can't say I loved this book, but I enjoyed it for the most part. . The book sold a quarter of a million copies in hardback in England in the first six months of publication. However, several of them turn out to be more interested in the fact that according to the film there was a German base on the island during the.
It just doesn't add up. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. New York Times 11 May 1980: D37. The needless padding and recurrent use of overly ostentatious words just kept me from getting any reading rhythm. I am not kidding when I say Where Eagles Dare is the king of suspense novels and is literally impossible to put down. The needless padding and recurrent use of overly ostentatious words just kept me from getting any reading rhythm.
This story made a huge impression on me because the punishment seemed cruel and unusual and Jake's mother seemed rather dreadful. This plot has several layers and there is no way the reader can unravel it, because he never has enough information to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Charley Chan would have had it sussed out much earlier. It seems that contemporary books give their readers just a little more respect, and benefit of the doubt. Both men had a reputation for hard living and both died prematurely as a result.