Captain Cook

Captain Cook

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

On the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's successful navigation to the coast of Australia, this is Alistair MacLean's absorbing story of one of Britain's great national heroes, from his obscure beginnings to his sudden and violent death at the age of fifty-one. When James Cook was hacked to death by Hawaiian islanders on 14 February 1779, he was already considered the greatest explorer of his age. Born in obscurity but gripped by a boundless passion for new horizons, he became the greatest combination of seaman, explorer, navigator, and cartographer that the world had ever known. He still is. He had driven himself mercilessly, and his men likewise, and yet the surgeon's mate on the Resolution was able to write: 'In every situation he stood unrivalled and alone; on him all eyes were turned; he was our leading star, which at its setting left us involved in darkness and despair'. Between 1768 and 1779, Captain Cook circumnavigated the globe three times in voyages of discovery that...
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Partisans

Partisans

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

A thrilling tale of wartime espionage by the acclaimed Alistair MacLean.During World War II, Yugoslavian rebel forces struggle to resist the German occupation, even as a three-way civil war tears the nation apart. In the mist of this terrible confusion, three compatriots set out across their besieged country to relay the German battle plan and unmask a double agent. But where do their loyalties really lie? On this dangerous journey with dangerous companions, everyone's motives are uncertain—and no one is who he seems.
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Caravan to Vaccares

Caravan to Vaccares

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

From all over Europe, even from behind the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of their patron saint in Provence. But at this year's gathering, people are mysteriously dying. Intrepid sleuths Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman join the caravan in order to uncover the truth behind the deaths, in the process revealing an international plot that the sinister Gaiuse Strome will stop at nothing to keep secret.
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The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

A tense and nerve-shattering classic from the highly acclaimed masster of action and suspense. A ROLLING FOR KNOX is how the journalists describe the Presidential motorcade as it enters San Francisco across the Golden Gate. Even the ever-watchful FBI believe it is impregnable ? as it has to be with the President and two Arab potentates aboard. But halfway across the bridge the unthinkable happens. Before the eyes of the world a master criminal pulls off the most spectacular kidnapping in modern times?
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When Eight Bells Toll

When Eight Bells Toll

Alistair MacLean

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Millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. When two undercover investigators disappear in the latest hijacking, Treasury Agent Philip Calvert is sent to find the criminals responsible. His investigations lead the veteran agent to a lonely bay in the Scottish Highlands, where the sleepy town of Torbay turns out to harbor dark secrets at its heart. Enlisting the help of a colorful cast of Highlanders along with other unlikely allies, Calvert draws closer to uncovering the mastermind behind the crimes. But will he be able to find the truth before the wily local operatives add him to the list of casualties?"High-wire tension." —Guardian"Alistair MacLean is a magnificent storyteller." —Sunday Mirror
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The Golden Rendezvous

The Golden Rendezvous

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

A timeless classic of modern-day piracy from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.Aboard the SS Campari, all is not well.For Johnny Carter, the Chief Officer, the voyage has already begun badly; but it’s only when the Campari sails that evening, after a succession of delays that he realises something is seriously wrong.A member of the crew is suddenly missing and the stern-to-stern search only serves to increase tension. Then violence erupts and suddenly the whole ship is in danger. Is the Campari a victim of modern day piracy? And what of the strange cargo hidden below the decks?
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Circus

Circus

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

Reissue of the classic tale of espionage set in Cold War Europe, where the world’s greatest circus acrobat must break into an impenetrable fortress, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.Bruno Wildermann of the Wrinfield Circus is the world’s greatest trapeze artist, a clairvoyant with near-supernatural powers and an implacable enemy of the East European regime that arrested his family and murdered his wife. The CIA needs such a man, and recruits Bruno for an impossible raid - on the impreganble Lubylan fortress, where his family his held. Under cover of a circus tour, Bruno prepares to return to his homeland. But before the journey even begins a murderer strikes twice. Somewhere in the circus there is a communist agent with orders to stop Bruno at any cost...
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The Way to Dusty Death

The Way to Dusty Death

Alistair MacLean

Mystery & Thrillers / Biographies & Memoirs / Short Stories

Johnny Harlow seems to have it all: he's good looking, desired by women, and envied by men; he's also the reigning Formula One world champion and the poster boy for the world's most thrilling and richly financed sport. But after a wreck kills his best friend and maims his girlfriend, he takes a hard turn and is driven to drink.Johnny realizes something is rotten in his beloved sport: too many things are going wrong in too many races. And when he is the apparent cause of the latest accident, he decides the time has come to sort things out. But what he begins to uncover has nothing to do with cars...and there are people will do anything to prevent him from discovering the truth.
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H. M. S. Ulysses

H. M. S. Ulysses

Alistair MacLean

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The book that launched the career of one of the world's most popular thriller writers of all time, HMS Ulysses tells the story of enlisted men who rose to great heroism in savage conditions.Alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea, HMS Ulysses is one of the classic novels of the navy at war and a gripping survival tale. On a desperate voyage to Murmansk, the men of convoy FR77 are pushed to the limits of human endurance, crippled by relentless enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic."A story of exceptional courage which grips the imagination." —Daily Telegraph"A brilliant, overwhelming piece of descriptive writing." —The Observer"It deserves an honorable place among twentieth-century war books." —Daily Mail
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