Fear is the Key Paperback – 4 May 2004
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‘Guns, gangsters, sudden death, terrific action on land and under the sea … Fear is the Key has a plot that will require a lot of willpower to stop you looking at the last page.’
‘Keeps tension at screaming point.’
‘Excitement and violence … the pace never slackens.’
About the Author
Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. He is now recognized as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide bestsellers, many of which have been filmed. He died in 1987.
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The book opens with a scene that is jarringly disjointed from most of the rest of the book, as Talbot sits in a hut on an airfield, waiting for radio contact with a special plane that is flying in with a cargo that is very precious to him. After this atmospheric and disturbing opening sequence the book jumps ahead in time, and Talbot is narrating events as he goes on the run from the police in Florida, and a tense series of adventures follow as we learn the truth behind events leading up to one of MacLean's best written and most thrilling denouements. All the way the pace never lets up, and the puzzle of how the opening sequence links to the rest of the story is always in the back of the mind. It's a skilfully written book, told as a first person narrative yet contriving to reveal the truth layer by layer. With vivid descriptions of people, places and the surroundings (especially when the action moves out into the sea in a storm) MacLean really draws you in and makes you feel the adventure. A perfect thriller, MacLean would near these heights again but never quite manage to hit them. Ten out of ten!
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As any , it tells a good story and kept my interest.
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