Someone put the epilogue at the front of the book. And don't get me started on the formatting glitches. This story deserves so much better.
That said, huge fan and glad to have digital edition, even if it was poorly done.
Too much attempt at humor is the band of much of McClean's later work and this novel suffers from this greatly. The plot is decent enough but Mallory is now too much of a hero and his sidekicks wearying in their wisdom. The young commandos never stand a chance in the plot of the reader's mind and you wonder why they were invented in the first place.
If you're looking for classic adventure/thriller without all the gimcrack modern techno stuff, this is it. Lots of tough action and good central characters. Maybe slow on the build-up for some, but the critical mission elements crackle. Mallory, Andrea, and Miller are men's men and as tough as they come. AM's two Navarrone books are great reads.
This book was an excellent follow up to The Guns of Navarone. The three main characters were even further developed in this story, and the plot kept me guessing throughout. Hard to put down!
This is a classic WW II thriller that got so exciting I had to put it down every once in a while to catch my breath. Wonderful descriptive writing, a mesmerizing plot, and vivid characters. Filled with action, and intelligently written. Satisfyingly unpredictable.
Book arrived on time and in good condition. I've read this book several years ago and enjoyed it so much I wanted to read it again.
Many years after, as a kid, seeing the movie and reading the book the first time, still satisfies. MacLean's writing is superb.
Having read "Where Eagles Dare" I thought I'd try another of MacLean's books and boy, am I glad I did! From the first page I was hooked as I read about Mallory and his band of SOE Operatives (along with a little help from a little Greek) running rampage across an island in the Aegean against the local German garrison...the plot never lets up and you feel like you're one with the characters...a characteristic of all the most engaging books. Sure, it's slightly unbelievable in places, but the pace and ferocity of the story keeps you hooked until you've finished it.
If you're thinking of getting this then my advice is go for it, you can pick up a second hand copy for a couple of quid.
I'm not quite sure why I ordered this book. I enjoyed it decades ago. But today, it seems a bit shallow, unlike, for example, the Guns of Navarone.