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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At the same time, a yacht nearby catches fire. Despite its failings and whatnot, I still enjoyed it.

Dec 17, Steven rated it did not like it. A widget is required for alisstair recovery operation, only the ally is unwilling to relinquish control of the widget. Aug 14, Brian Turner rated it it was ok Shelves: Very clever characters and plot.

The plane turns out to have been loaded with nuclear weapons, and the survivors rescued from the yacht who include a wealthy Greek tycoon appear somehow connected with the plane’s destruction. The alisatir development is so-so, I guess.


You won’t be disappointed in any of these. Oct 08, Viz rated it liked it. Characters are introduced, but there are so many characters that there is not much room for any kind of development. A quaint and very dated story of terrorists hijacking a nuclear device. I’ve wanted to get back to Alistair MacLean for a number of years now and just haven’t done it. Preview — Santorini by Alistair MacLean.

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But, its tightly and economically written. 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 Aug 29, Franco Pitacco rated it liked it Shelves: It had a decent plot; the basic plot is one that the author [and many others like him] has recycled over and over and over.


Despite the lack of ‘action’ in the book, it still moved at a good pace. I do not think it detracts from the book; it is just interesting how romance [or seduction] rarely factors into his stories. Oddly enough, the character with the most development is the villain of the piece.

With potential saboteurs aboard, Commander Talbot and the crew of the Ariadne must raise the one activated weapon before it can explode, setting off the others by sympathetic detonation and causing the nearby volcano of Santorini alustair explode in a tremendous eruption which would bring on a devastating tsunami and possibly a worldwide nuclear winter.

Not only that, but his dialogue is tin-eared in the extreme. The RN captain calls him [the ‘main villain’] a ‘mad dog,’ and rightly so.

Inat the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysseshis first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Account A,istair Sign in.


After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster. I seem to have been reading a lot of Alistair MacLean novels recently. However, things get slow soon thereafter. It is your ‘basic’ kind of story in that there alistqir some kind of catastrophe [or accident] involving some kind of advanced weapons-technology. A Biography, and Santorini.

Santorini by Alistair MacLean

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.

I could practically hear him reading the lines. While on station in the Aegean Sea under the guise of a hydrographic santornii mission, the crew of Royal Navy electronic intelligence vessel HMS Ariadne witnesses two disasters at once, a mysterious strategic bomber crashing into the sea and a large pleasure yacht on fire and sinking. Oct 22, Nicola rated it liked it.

Strictly for highschool anglophiles. This is MacLean’s second to last novel, written late in his career. 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.