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    Alistair MacLean
    Scotland(1922 - 1987)

    Born 28 April 1922 Glasgow, Scotland

    Died 2 February 1987 Munich, Germany

    MacLean was the son of a minister, and learned English as his second language after his mother tongue, Scottish Gaelic. He was born in Glasgow but spent much of his childhood and youth in Daviot, near Inverness.

    He joined the Royal Navy in 1941, serving in World War II with the ranks of Ordinary Seaman, Able Seaman, and Leading Torpedo Operator. He was first assigned to PS Bournemouth Queen, a converted excursion ship fitting for anti-aircraft guns, on duty off the coasts of England and Scotland. From 1943, he served on HMS Royalist, a Dido-class light cruiser. On Royalist he saw action in 1943 in the Atlantic theatre, on two Arctic convoys and escorting carrier groups in operations against Tirpitz and other targets off the Norwegian coast; in 1944 in the Mediterrean theatre, as part of the invasion of southern France and in helping to sink blockade runners off Crete and bombard Milos in the Aegean Sea (during this time MacLean may have been injured in a gunnery practice accident); and in 1945, in the Far East theatre, escorting carrier groups in operations against Japanese targets in Burma, Malaya, and Sumatra. (MacLean's late-in-life claims that he was captured by the Japanese and tortured have been dismissed by both his son and his biographer as drunken ravings. [Webster p. 191]) After the Japanese surrender, Royalist helped evacuate liberated POWs from Changi Prison in Singapore.

    MacLean was released from the Royal Navy in 1946. He then studied English at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1953, and then worked as a school teacher.

    While a university student, MacLean began writing short stories for extra income, winning a competition in 1954 with the maritime story "Dileas". The publishing company Collins asked him for a novel and he responded with HMS Ulysses, based on his own war experiences, as well as credited insight from his brother Ian, a Master Mariner. The novel was a great success and MacLean was soon able to devote himself entirely to writing war stories, spy stories and other adventures.

    In the early 1960s, MacLean published two novels under the pseudonym "Ian Stuart" in order to prove that the popularity of his books was due to their content rather than his name on the cover. They sold well, but MacLean made no attempt to change his writing style and his fans may easily have recognized him behind the Scottish pseudonym. MacLean's books eventually sold so well that he moved to Switzerland as a tax exile. From 1963–1966, he took a hiatus from writing to run a hotel business in England.

    MacLean's later books were not as well received as the earlier ones and, in an attempt to keep his stories in keeping with the time, he sometimes lapsed into overly improbable plots. He also struggled constantly with alcoholism, which eventually brought about his death in Munich in 1987. He is buried a few yards from Richard Burton in Céligny, Switzerland. He was married twice and had three sons with his first wife.

    MacLean was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Glasgow in 1983.



    Guns of Navarone

    1. The Guns of Navarone (1957)
    2. Force Ten from Navarone (1968)


    HMS Ulysses (1955)
    South By Java Head (1958)
    The Last Frontier (1959)
    The Secret Ways (1959)
    Night Without End (1960)
    Ice Station Zebra (1960)
    Fear Is the Key (1961)
    The Dark Crusader (1962)
    The Golden Rendezvous (1962)
    The Satan Bug (1962)
    When Eight Bells Toll (1966)
    Where Eagles Dare (1967)
    Puppet On a Chain (1969)
    Caravan to Vaccares (1970)
    Bear Island (1971)
    The Way to Dusty Death (1973)
    Breakheart Pass (1974)
    Circus (1975)
    The Golden Gate (1976)
    Goodbye California (1977)
    Seawitch (1977)
    Athabasca (1980)
    River of Death (1981)
    Air Force One Is Down (1981)
    Black Shrike (1982)
    Partisans (1982)
    Floodgate (1983)
    San Andreas (1984)
    Hostage Tower (1985)
    Santorini (1986)
    Alistair MacLean's Night Watch (1989) (with Alastair MacNeill)
    Alistair Maclean's Death Train (1989) (with Alastair MacNeill)
    Alistair MacLean's Red Alert (1990) (with Alastair MacNeill)
    Alistair MacLean's Time of the Assassins (1991) (with Alastair MacNeill)
    Alistair MacLean's Dead Halt (1992) (with Alastair MacNeill)
    Fire of Humiliation (1993)
    Alistair MacLean's Code Breaker (1993) (with Alastair MacNeill)
    Alistair MacLean's Rendezvous (1995) (with Alastair MacNeill)


    The Guns of Navarone / Force 10 from Navarone (2000)
    Arctic Chillers (2007)
    Sea Thrillers (2007)


    The Lonely Sea (1985)
    Non fiction
    Lawrence of Arabia (1963)
    Captain Cook (1972)

    Anthologies containing stories by Alistair MacLean

    Argosy Vol. XXVII No. 11 (1966)


    The Guns of Navarone(1957)
    (The first book in the Guns of Navarone series)

    The classic World War II thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Now reissued in a new cover style. Twelve hundred British soldiers isolated on the small island of Kheros off the Turkish coast, waiting to die. Twelve hundred lives in jeopardy, lives that could be saved if only the guns could be silenced. The guns of Navarone, vigilant, savage and catastrophically accurate. Navarone itself, grim bastion of narrow straits manned by a mixed garrison of Germans and Italians, an apparently impregnable iron fortress. To Captain Keith Mallory, skilled saboteur, trained mountaineer, fell the task of leading the small party detailed to scale the vast, impossible precipice of Navarone and to blow up the guns. The Guns of Navarone is the story of that mission, the tale of a calculated risk taken in the time of war...

    Force Ten from Navarone(1968)
    (The second book in the Guns of Navarone series)

    The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean's masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. Now reissued in a new cover style. The guns of Navarone have been silenced, but the heroic survivors have no time to rest on their laurels. Almost before the last echoes of the famous guns have died away, Keith Mallory, Andrea and Dusty Miller are parachuting into war-torn Yugoslavia to rescue a division of Partisans ... and to fulfil a secret mission, so deadly that it must be hidden from their own allies.

    HMS Ulysses(1955)

    The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense -- an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. Now reissued in a new cover style. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war. It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk -- a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance, crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.

    South By Java Head(1958)

    February, 1942: Singapore lay burning and shattered, defenseless before the conquering hordes of Japanese, as the last boat slipped out of the harbor into the South China Sea. On board were a desperate group of people, each with a secret to guard, each willing to kill to keep that secret safe. Who or what was the dissolute Englishman, Farnholme? The elegant Dutch planter, Van Effen? The strangely beautiful Eurasian girl, Gurdun? The slave trader, Siran? The smiling and silent Nicholson who was never without his gun? Only one thing was certain: The rotting tramp steamer was a floating death trap, carrying a cargo of human TNT.

    The Last Frontier(1959)

    An undercover mission beyond the Iron Curtain to recover a defected scientist goes disastrously wrong -- a classic early Cold War thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Now reissued in a new cover style. Michael Reynolds was going insane ... slowly but inevitably insane. And the most terrible part of it was that he knew it. Since the last forced injection, there had been nothing he could do about the relentless onset of this madness. The more he struggled to ignore the symptoms, the more acutely he became aware of them, the deeper into his mind dug those fiendish chemical claws that were tearing his mind apart...

    The Secret Ways(1959)

    Michael Reynolds, Britian's top agent, was given the impossible assignment--enter Hungary, kidnap Dr. Jennings and return him to the free-world. This, Reynolds decided, was roughly like trying to find an invisible needle in a burning haystack.

    Night Without End(1960)

    An airliner crashes in the Polar ice-cap. In temperatures 40 degrees below zero, six men and four women survive. But for the members of a remote research station who rescue them, there are some sinister questions to answer - the first one being, who shot the pilot before the crash?

    Ice Station Zebra(1960)

    The Dolphin, pride of America's nuclear fleet, is the only submarine capable of attempting the rescue of a British meteorological team trapped on the polar ice cap. The officers of the Dolphin know well the hazards of such an assignment. What they do not know is that the rescue attempt is really a cover-up for one of the most desperate espionage missions of the Cold War -- and that the Dolphin is heading straight for sub-zero disaster, facing hidding sabotage, murder . . . and a deadly, invisible enemy . . .

    Fear Is the Key(1961)

    A classic novel of ruthless revenge set in the steel jungle of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico -- and on the sea bed below it. Now reissued in a new cover style. A sunken DC-3 lying on the Caribbean floor. Its cargo: ten million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in gold ingots, emeralds and uncut diamonds guarded by the remains of two men, one woman and a very small boy. The fortune was there for the taking, and ready to grab it were a blue-blooded oilman with his own offshore rig, a gangster so cold and independent that even the Mafia couldn't do business with him and a psychopathic hired assassin. Against them stood one man, and those were his people, those skeletons in their watery coffin. His name was Talbot, and he would bury his dead -- but only after he had avenged their murders.

    The Golden Rendezvous(1962)

    A timeless classic from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.Aboard the SS Campari, all is not well.For Johnny Carter, the Chief Officer, the voyage has already begun badly; but it's only when the Campari sails that evening, after a succession of delays that he realises something is seriously wrong.A member of the crew is suddenly missing and the stern-to-stern search only serves to increase tension. Then violence erupts and suddenly the whole ship is in danger. Is the Campari a victim of modern day piracy? And what of the strange cargo hidden below the decks?

    The Satan Bug(1962)

    Novel: biological-warfare thriller. This is Maclean's second novel, published under the pen-name of 'Ian Stuart'.

    When Eight Bells Toll(1966)

    Millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. Investigations by the British Secret Service, and a sixth sense, have bought Philip Calvert to a bleak, lonely bay in the Western Highlands. But the sleepy atmosphere of Torbay is deceptive. The place is the focal point of many mysterious disappearances. Even the unimaginative Highland Police Sergeant seems to be acting a part. But why? This story is Alistair MacLean at his enthralling best. It has all the edge-of-the-seat suspense, and dry humour that millions of readers have devoured for years.

    Where Eagles Dare(1967)

    Forbidding peaks, resourceful commandos, beautiful spies, nonstop action, and neck-snapping plot twists make this the classic adventure thriller-the kind of page-turner that readers actually will find impossible to put down. A team of British Special Forces commandos parachutes into the high peaks of the Austrian Alps with the mission of stealing into an invulnerable alpine castle-accessible only by aerial gondola-the headquarters of Nazi intelligence. Supposedly sent in to rescue one of their own, their real mission turns out to be a lot more complicated-and the tension climbs as team members start to die off, one by one. Written by Alistair Maclean, author of the Guns of Navarone, this is the novel that set the pace for the modern action thriller (the film version, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, also helped), and it still packs twice the punch of most contemporary best-selling thrillers. What's more, the cast of spooks, turncoats, and commandos who drive this story are more relevant than ever in our new era of special forces, black ops, and unpredictable alliances.

    Puppet On a Chain(1969)

    Paul Sherman of Interpol's Narcotics Bureau make a big mistake when he landed at Schiphol Airport believing that no one but Jimmy Duclos knew of his arrival in Amsterdam. Sherman had to realise that the gang of heroin smugglers he was out to smash knew his movements as well as he did.

    Bear Island(1971)

    Bear Island, known as the wartime graveyard of the Arctic, where Nazi submarines lay in wait for the Murmansk convoys, is the setting for Alistair MacLean's novel. As the charter ship Morning Rose sails through wintry seas towards the island, the doctor on board, Christopher Marlowe, is kept busy attending to his sea-sick patients - the members of a film unit who are to make a film on Bear island so secret that none of them know much about it. Then another, more mysterious malady attacks them and in some cases proves fatal. But there us something highly unnatural about both the illness and its selection of victims. The Morning Rose has a murderer on board. Marlowe realizes that he is included in the elimination campaign. Before the ship has anchored under the towering cliffs of Bear Island, there has already been an attempt on his life. Then, in the encampment, events on board fuse into a pattern of terror as suspicion shifts from one member of the company to another, and further deaths take place. Someone in the film unit is intent on preventing Marlowe and others from sharing the secret of the island, and what lies beyond the Gates of Pearl. Beset by the conflicting temperaments and nationalities within the frightened group, Marlowe contends with grim humour against weather, terrain and ruthless adversaries, as events build up to a tremendous climax in the darkness of the Polar night.

    The Way to Dusty Death(1973)

    Johnny Harlow, a world champion racing driver, realises after being involved in yet another crash on the circuit that there have been too many accidents on the racetrack lately. He decides to investigate but soon finds out that a few people don't want him to know the truth. He continues to stalk his prey and finally confronts the perpetrators which leads to a high speed showdown.

    The Golden Gate(1976)

    In keeping with his style, the action starts immediately, grasping your interest and holding it throughout. He builds his characters with an amazing talent, leaving your immagination just enough room...This book will entertain you while leaving you wondering what if!

    Two of the biggest oilfields in the world, one in Alaska, the other in Canada, are simultaneously threatened with sabotage. The oil flow could be interuupted in any one of thousands of places down the trans-Alaskan pipeline.

    River of Death(1981)

    An expedition searching for a legendary lost city in South America discovers a Nazi reunion, a river of death, a scheme of revenge, and other terrifying surprises.


    Amsterdam Airport - the best in Europe - had disappeared. The wall of water was the work of FFF - an Irish terrorist group who want to force Britain's hand.

    San Andreas(1984)

    Library Journal
    Veteran adventure and suspense writer MacLean returns to sea in his latest effort, which is set aboard the British hospital ship San Andreas en route from Halifax to Aberdeen during World War II. The first sign of trouble on board occurs when the ship's lights fail just before dawn. Then the vessel comes under a bombing attack that severely damages its superstructure and sinks its escort frigate. Bo's'n Archie McKinnon must take charge of the damaged ship and steer it to safety despite German aircraft, submarines, and sabotage. He must also learn the reason for German interest in the San Andreas . A tribute to the men of the British merchant fleet during World War II, this is for fans of the genre. Literary Guild featured alternate. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.


    The frigate Ariadne, fitted with sophisticated electronic equipment, patrols the Aegean Sea. Her official mission is to carry out a hydrographic survey. Unofficially, she is the eyes and ears of NATO - a spy ship. By the author of "Where Eagles Dare".

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