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Caravan to Vaccares
Cecile and Bowman, at a resort in Southern France decide to investigate the extremely suspicious group of gypsies who have been dying during their annual pilgrimage from behind the Iron Curtain to Western Europe. Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers that a man named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions as to who Strome could be center on Le Grand Duc Charles, a highly wealthy aristocratic Duke whose girlfriend is Lila, a friend of Cecil...
Fear is the Key
Talbot is a wanted murder who kidnaps Mary, the daughter of multimillionaire General Ruthven, as a hostage. When a man named Jablonsky rescues the girl, he decides to make the General pay the ransom. Instead, Talbot and Jablonsky are both asked to do a job for the General and the unsavory characters he surrounds himself with, so they decide to remain. After Jablonsky is murdered, Talbot is taken to an oil rig, and told to help the General and his cron...
Force 10 from Navarone
As soon as they get back from Navarone, Captain Mallory, Andrea Stavros, and Corporal Miller are sent off with three fresh young soldiers to Yugoslavia to rescue a band of partisans that are trapped on all sides by the German army. It seems impossible: six men against an army, and all hope seems lost once they are captured. But the British soldiers persist, and hope they will succeed in destroying the German army....
Ice Station Zebra
In this thrilling action story, Dr. Carpenter tracks down a killer, who has sabotaged a research station in the Arctic. Ice station Zebra, a high-tech research lab in the Arctic, sends out a desperate distress signal.  A devastating fire has destroyed its supplies and shelter, leaving the men helpless and dying.  The Dolphin, a U.S. submarine, is sent on a rescue mission, racing against time. Dr. Carpenter, a civilian, joins the crew, having extra mot...

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Night Without End
When the survivors of an airliner crash are rescued and brought to a nearby IGY weather-research station, complications ensue: A survivor's apparent suffocation, the sabotage of the station's radio, and disappearing supplies. Further investigation by IGY scientists Mason and Jackstraw uncovers the fact that the passengers were doped before the crash, and the pilots and a dead passenger were murdered. And why would an airliner scheduled to land in ...
San Andreas
The San Andreas is a British hospital ship on its way to Scotland when it is suddenly bombed by German planes. Fifteen people die, and many are seriously injured (including the captain and chief officer). The crew of the San Andreas can't figure out what the Germans want with an innocent hospital ship. Then, they realize that there are saboteurs aboard the ship, telling the Germans the exact location of the San Andreas. No one can trust anyone else. ...
Secret Ways
Michael Reynolds, a British Secret Service agent, illegally enters Communist Hungary to rescue the British scientist Dr. Jennings who has been kidnapped and held prisoner by the Communists. However, almost as soon as he arrives, Reynolds's cover is blown and he now has to accomplish his mission while every policeman in Hungary is actively looking to stop him. With the help of the Count (a Hungarian policeman who is against Communism), the mysterious Ja...
South by Java Head
A group of refugees, untrustworthy and secretive, drift in a lifeboat, struggling to survive the harsh climate and ruthless Japanese attacks. The Japanese, dominating the Pacific Front, have reduced Singapore to a burning, smoking wasteland, and refugees flee for their lives.  Among the stragglers is an Allied soldier, Farnholme, carrying priceless papers containing the Japanese's blueprint for the invasion of Australia.  He demands to be transported awa...
The Golden Gate
Peter Branson kidnaps the President of United States, his General, the Mayor of San Fransisco, and a visiting Arab King and Prince who have come to sell oil, and holds them hostage on the Golden Gate Bridge. Revson, an FBI agent--disguised as a newspaper photographer covering the story--tries to thwart his plan and get them back before Branson takes all the money from the National Treasury in return for the safety of his hostages....
The Guns of Navarone
Keith Mallory, a mountain climber from New Zealand, must infiltrate the Aegean island of Navarone, and destroy the guns on the German fortress there, in order to save the lives of 1,200 British soldiers. He gets a team together, boards a small craft, and heads to Navarone. On the way there, his small ship is nearly destroyed in a storm, and he then must climb a 400 foot sheer cliff in the middle of the storm. In the process, they lose all their food, and...

Alistair MacLean list of books

The Last Frontier
Michael Reynolds, a British secret service agent, is cold and calculating. After eighteen months of training aimed at making him focus his mind solely on his job, he is sent into Communist-occupied Hungary to bring back a British scientist who has defected. His skills are immediately put to the test when he falls into the hands of the ruthless Hungarian Secret Police. In an attempt to continue his mission, he seeks the help of the leader of an undergr...
The Secret Ways
When Reynolds sneaks into Communist Hungary in the dead of the winter, he is propelled by a desperate mission-- to rescue Professor Jennings, an elderly British scientist who is held by the communists against his will. Reynolds soon hooks up with the mysterious Jansci and his friend the Count and together they strive to shuttle the professor out from under the communists over the border and back to England. When the communists discover that Reynolds is...
When Eight Bells Toll
British secret agent Phillip Calvert battles modern-day pirates as searches for hijacked bullion ships in the Scottish Highlands. He is aided (and hindered) in his quest by fellow secret agent Hunslett, aging spymaster Uncle Arthur and former actress Charlotte Skouros. But his requests for help from the local community are constantly thwarted. What is the secret the citizens of Torbay are hiding, and what has it to do with a Greek shipping tycoon and...