M. D. Ripley

"Mike Ripley"
Mike Ripley - writer and archaeologist.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,069
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (272 of 289)
Location: England



Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,069 - Total Helpful Votes: 272 of 289
Barbouze by Alan Williams
Barbouze by Alan Williams
All the trade-mark characteristics of an Alan Williams adventure thriller coalesce in Barbouze, his early masterpiece first published in 1962. There's a footloose, dissolute and cynical hero - usually a journalist - who begins as the innocent Englishman abroad and rapidly finds himself embroiled in foreign conflicts, often being duped along the way by a femme fatale or a double-crossing criminal mastermind. In Barbouze the innocent abroad is Fleet Street lobby correspondent Neil Ingleby who soon finds himself well out of his depth when the action moves from Greece to war-torn Algeria attempting to throw off French colonial rule. There are gunfights, car chases, drunken foreign… Read more
The Beria Papers by Alan Williams
The Beria Papers by Alan Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time, 13 Jun 2014
Alan Williams' 1973 best-selling thriller is a remarkable book for having one eye on the past - the private diaries of Stalin's chief secret policeman - and one on the future, as it uncannily predicts the publishing scandal of the faked "Hitler Diaries" of the 1980s. In Williams' novel we know that Beria's diaries are fakes from the start, concocted by an unscrupulous triumvirate of a pompous Russian political emigre (and gastronome), a sexy, footloose female Georgian student and an insecure British foreign correspondent and novelist (not unlike Alan Williams himself) whose talent, in modern parlance, is to "sex up the dossier" - in this case quite literally. The novel… Read more
Long Run South by Alan Williams
Long Run South by Alan Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody did it better, 13 Jun 2014
When it came to action-adventure stories of young, dissolute and slightly desperate Englishmen abroad in exotic and often violent locations, no one did it better than Alan Williams in his early thrillers such as Long Run South (Morocco), Barbouze (Greece and Algeria) and Snake Water (the jungles of South America). Apart from being thrilling stories in their own right, they are often insightful, sometimes cynical, reflections on politics and human frailty. Disgracefully forgotten, Williams was a terrific writer and is long overdue a revival.

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