From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all time classicMillions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. Investigations b. From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all time classic. Millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. Investigations by the. : When Eight Bells Toll (): Alistair MacLean: Books.

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It’s that this kind of story seems horribly dated these days–the flawless hero James Bond stand-in Philip Calvertthe flawed leading lady, the byzantine wheb scheme involving the piracy of gold bullion and other treasures. Facing a dismissal for the untimely death of two of his colleagues on the mission, Calvert has 48 hours to recover the gold before he is taken off the job. And so I stood absolutely motionless, not breathing, for the Peacemaker Colt that had prompted this unpleasant train of thought was whn directly at my right thigh.

I arrived back at the Firecrest at ten to three in the morning.

When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean (1966)

First-person narrator Night Without End — Arctic scientist Mason saves plane crash survivors from baddies who have stolen a secret missile guidance system. He understates his own abilities and is full of praise for those of the helicopter pilot and the nautical abilities of the Australian sailor. Time for another reading I think. Unconsciously, almost, I braced my right leg to meet the impending shock. This article about a thriller novel of the s is a stub.


It’s very well written and creates a great suspense. One more thing I would say is that story seems bit dated.

: When Eight Bells Toll (): Alistair MacLean: Books

The place is the focal point of many myste From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. When he returns to Firecrest, he finds Hunslett is missing. Well I don’t have dandruff, Sir, if it’s any consolation. Over three-fifths of the story was already behind me before I was able to make sense of any of it. When a pirate speedboat approaches, Calvert rams it, shoots the occupants and blows up the boat in vengeance for Hunslett’s death.

Alisttair No Report this. Five cargo ships have been hijacked in the Irish Sea ; ships carrying vast quantities of precious stones and gold bullion.

Just the good stuff, for a joyous and breathless pages. I’ve been reading his books since mid ‘ But then, I saw a few other books by the same author, this Alistair MacLean, at another library sale. You can’t go far wrong with an Mavlean MacLean novel. Fans of MacLean should know what to expect here as he enters into James Bond territory with a naval secret service officer named Calvert investigating gold bullion pirating in the Irish Sea.

On raising the anchorthey find the dead body of Hunslett tied to it. Some gritty stuff takes place, as well as amazing and heroic narrow escapes.


MacLean should macean tried short stories. The book is chock full of plots, counter plots and red herrings leading to a final encounter in the boat house below Kirksides castle.

When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean

I can’t say this is an ‘edge-of-the-seat thriller’ more a light-hearted jaunt. Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre. Learn macleaj about Amazon Prime. Notify me of new comments via email. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Turns out that the old man’s still got it.

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And again for Hunslett’s sake.