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Bahama Crisis Paperback – 31 Jan 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (31 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320044
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,091,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Desmond Bagley was obsessive when it came to research. Indeed he spent some time in the Bahamas with his wife researching this novel - the results (for anyone who has been to the islands)are clearly evident. The atmosphere literally floats off the page and engulfs you. Desmond Bagley (during the years he lived in Guernsey) was also mentor to bestselling author John Templeton Smith. Read Smith's latest works, Saigon Express and White Lie and see the Bagley tradition of excellence living on.
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While I enjoyed this book, and read it quickly and found it an easy page turner, there were parts of the plotline which were just highly unbelievable. His goons are moronic, and completely unobservant, his main character always has a way out of trouble, even if it involves some pretty unbelievable stunts.
While I did enjoy this, and would recommend it to others, you really have to suspend belief for this novel. It becomes more fantasy than thriller fiction in places!
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my brother in law loved it
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x873a081c) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0x873a6024) out of 5 stars Okay enough read, but one of Bagley's weaker books 24 April 2014
By H. Jin - Published on
Format: Paperback
After the more epic, descriptive ‘Flyway’, Desmond Bagley returned to a more conventional thriller mould with ‘Bahama Crisis’. To be honest, this is one of Bagley’s weaker books. It has an interesting enough plot, but not much else; the characters are pretty colourless or cliché’d, the story is poorly paced, and the writing itself isn’t as good as what Bagley can produce.

Tom Mangan is an entrepreneur who appears to have it all; loving family, beautiful house, a chain of hotels, and various investments in the growing economy of the Bahamas. But beginning with a family tragedy, Mangan’s world begins to fall apart. While the investigation into the tragedy drags on with little success, a series of increasingly disastrous “accidents” plagues the Bahamas’ tourist industry, and Mangan’s personal life begins to collapse under the strain. Are all these events connected, who is behind them, and what is their motive?

It's a strong basis for a thriller, but there is a big problem with the plot: the conspiracy at the heart of the story doesn’t really involve Mangan directly. He is dragged into the story because of his family, and because he has a financial investment in the Bahamas, but events have nothing to do with him personally. This makes him a fairly weak protagonist; his is passive relative to the plot, and the story has to keep coming to him. This is particularly noticeable in the first 100 pages or so, which takes place over a long period of time and is given a somewhat rushed and breathless feel. The second half of the book, in which Mangan is targeted more directly, is better, but there is still a sense of artificiality about it all. Mangan is targeted more due to misunderstanding and confusion on the part of the bad guys than anything else.

The characters are nothing special. Despite the first-person narration, we are not given much insight in Mangan himself; his emotions and thoughts are skimmed over in the hurried first act, and we never get much of a chance to connect with him. The Cunninghams are pretty cliché’d Texan tycoons, while the villians are equally typical Poor White Trash. “Robinson” had the potential to be interesting, but is deliberately kept shadowy and mysterious throughout. Perhaps the best character is Perigord, the old-school Bahamian policeman who has a handy way with a swagger stick.

In all, an easy enough read, but not a highlight of Bagley’s work. Start with something like ‘High Citadel’ or ‘Running Blind’ for a better introduction to Desmond Bagley.
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HASH(0x8717c078) out of 5 stars Deadly Vacation 27 Feb. 2011
By Nash Black - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tom Mangan had a new partner, new goals, a beautiful wife and two daughters until his world went horribly wrong in Desmond Bagley's Bahama Crisis. His wife and daughter leave the Bahamas for a short cruise to Miami, but they never reach their destination. A week later his daughter's body is discovered on Cat Cay way off course, she didn't drown; she was murdered. His boat, the captain, and his wife are never found.
Slowly he puts his life back together and begins to function as the head of a 50 million resort change and father to his remaining daughter. He discovers new happiness in the arms of a cousin of his partner when everything goes haywire for a second time.
But this weird business not only has repercussions in his private life but the entire economy of the haven of resort The Bahamas. Will the authorities be too slow in stoping a mad scheme to wreck the island resorts?
It is an exciting, fast paced story of action and adventure. A good arm-chair read.
Nash Black, author of Sins of the Fathers.
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