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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 March 2017
I've seen the film a few times over the years, but hadn't read the book until now. Alistair Maclean was a great storyteller and although it's some 60 years since this book was first published, it's a war story with a timeless quality and still feels fresh. Although Navarone is fictional, the story is based on actual events in the Aegean Sea area. A multinational group of saboteurs is tasked with capturing a German fortress.

The story has all the elements; tough gritty men on a mission, spies, betrayal, sea action. The characters feel like real WW2 men; a couple are totally ruthless, another is a little cowardly and another complains that the mission is doomed to fail. Many will be familiar with the story, but it's so well told it's worth reading even if you have seen the film. I had a real sense of tension throughout and was willing certain things to happen.
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on 1 April 2017
I've seen the film a few times, but the book is something else entirely. Its not just a great war story, it gives you thoughts that this man had during their suicidal mission. The friendship that builds as the story progress's. My personal favourite character is Andrea. He's a giant of a man that makes no sound at all, until he taps you on your shoulder. These men are not murderer's these are professional saboteurs, and they are the best at what they do.
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on 18 July 2017
Quite enjoyable and well written with good descriptions of the places are topography. The downside for me is that I used to really enjoy his books, but tastes change as we get older and I don't get as much out of them as I used to.
Nevertheless I am going to try another one....maybe I'll get back into his books.
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on 8 June 2017
One of the best storytellers - in my opinion - of the twentieth century. Sadly, no longer with us. Have read many of his books, enjoyed everyone of them and this one is a great read for lovers of the thriller genre.
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on 16 May 2017
Having watched film several times got inspired to read book. As always better than film. Very enjoyable yarn. Nice to read on a rainy day.
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on 23 April 2017
Every bit as good as I remember from reading it first time round.
McLean's knowledge comes from first hand experience of serving during World War Two and it shows in the detail. A well paced story with some insight in to what courage is in the face of fear. And one of the few novels where the movie was almost as good as the book.
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on 10 May 2017
Ripping yarn! The book is better than the film - and the film is pretty good. No sex, muted violence: boys' own stuff.
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on 21 July 2017
Excellent read, good price
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on 13 June 2017
Great story
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on 18 July 2017
Usual twist & tuens
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