An undercover mission beyond the Iron Curtain to recover a defected scientist goes disastrously wrong – a classic early Cold War thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.
Doctor Jennings, a noted scientist in possession of a precious secret, has gone over to the Soviet Union. It is Michael Reynolds’ mission to get him back.
To penetrate behind the Iron Curtain and reach his quarry will be difficult enough, especially with the fearsome Hungarian Secret Police watching his every move.
Then, from inside that terrifying organisation, comes the offer of help – the question is: can it be trusted?
‘Breathless, bloody and detailed.’
‘Swift-moving, with a tremendous climactic scene on the snow-swept roof of a trans-Hungarian express.’
‘One of the great postwar thrillers’ Lee Child
About the author
Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. 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.
Good but not his best
For me, there were too many sections where it was just page after page of just dialog between a group of people.
When reading, I read and take in every word, but on these sections, even found myself scanning instead of reading. Otherwise a very good book.