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French Atlantic Affair [Paperback]

Ernest Lehman
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (6 Oct 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330255037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330255035
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,307,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, Sexy, Dynamic thriller 30 Jun 2011
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This novel, about the hijacking of a French Atlantic liner by a disparate group of disenchanted nihilists, is gripping from beginning to end. Although there is a degree of stereotyping to a few of the characters, Lehman adds sufficient depth and complexity to them to ensure that even his central protagonist Harold Colombine has questionable qualities, while some of the hijackers themselves, especially the women, are also seen as tragic victims themselves. Lehman draws on a broad canvas, as he widens the action to include the struggle for control on shore as well as aboard the liner, where different groups and factions vie for control, and shadow and eavesdrop in the switching communication battle, as the hijackers make their demands.

The action rarely lets up, except for some graphically sensual sex scenes (aboard & onshore), and the action's focus moves repeatedly around the different groups involved as each struggle to influence the outcome. This shifting dynamic is like the surging waves of the sea itself, it is never static and the reader is carried irresistibly headlong toward each new revelation. (Unsurprisingly, it was subsequently made into a film) A great holiday/airport book, and far superior to many of those which masquerade as thrillers. You won't be able to put this one down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 20 Mar 2009
By Cay Layton - Published on Amazon.com
I loaned this book out years ago and it was never returned. As I checked here to see if it was available I was surprised to see that there was not a single review. This is an absolutely stunning, edge-of-your-seat, page turning thriller. I remember wondering (over the years) why this was never adapted to film. I recommend it to anyone who would like to read something they just can't put down!
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