Athabasca by Alistair MacLean – book cover, description, publication history. Industrial sabotage in the Alaskan oil fields allows MacLean (Force 10 from Navarone, Ice Station Zebra) a ton of background padding—which. The nail-biting tale of sabotage set in the desolate frozen wastes of two ice- bound oil fields, from the acclaimed master of action and GE! THE.

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These characters are such one dimensional stereotypes, you really begin to appreciate what a well-rounded charcter James Alisrair really is. My connection with the main characters was limited, and only on a couple of occasions was I really concerned whether one of them survived.

Interesting about how all of that stuff works but the story line was a little lame about who was sabotaging the pipeline. Plus, he knows his way around thriller language. I forced myself to wade through the first pages, and was sorely tempted to quit, which I rarely do. There are too many protagonists, too many characters, too little interaction, the romance seems to occur zthabasca any reason, the style tell and not show, and too many locations. They’re tough-talking, hard drinking, ruthless, and so thoroughly despicable that the reader wouldn’t be blamed for thinking macpean these assholes are causing the very sabotage they’re being paid to stop.

As with the novel Night Without Endit depicts adventure, sabotage and murder in the unforgiving Arctic environment. The investigators also make a federal case out of the fact that there is no alcohol allowed at these macpean and contrive to bring large amounts with them.

Not as tightly plotted as his earlier works but still an entertaining read. View all 4 comments. All in all, not what I was expecting from this author.


When the operations manager of maaclean oil company operating in Prudhoe Bay in Alaska receives a mysterious anonymous threat of sabotage, his superiors call in Jim Brady Enterprisesa firm of oilfield specialists.

This is one of MacLean’s books which follows his formulaic yet athaasca approach. Of course, his Scottish, British heritage lends him to great vocabulary and what. Notwithstanding the foregoing it could be that my unreliable memory has aggrandised his earlier works. I don’t remember being annoyed by this as a teenager, but it sure alisrair bother me now. Aug 11, Benjamin Romney rated it it was amazing. I have read others of Alistair MacLean, especially when Allistair was a teenager growing up in the 80’s that seemed to be much better.

On a plus side, the tar sand fields of northern Alberta, in the depths of winter, make for an interesting location for solving sabotage and murder. Would not recommend this particular MacLean. When one reads his book, the mind is caught up in the movie, even if the movie was never made. Apr 14, Paul Wakelam rated it did not like it.

Athabasca is quite different. Alisfair is laid in the oilfields and oil sands fields of Alaska and Canada and includes a considerable amount of technical detail on the operations. It continues Maclean’s rather annoying practice of maintaining suspense through a clumsy and obvious withholding of information. Works by Alistair MacLean. Twist akhir ‘siapa dalangnya’ pun jelas tertebak sejak setengah jalan.

Preview — Athabasca by Alistair MacLean. Wouldn’t you think that they could split the team in two? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Athabasca by Alistair MacLean. Jun 17, heidi rated it liked it Shelves: In theses times of an acute oil shortage, what have two friendly neighbours to gain by cutting each other’s throats?


Athabasca by Alistair MacLean

I wish he was still around. The lead character is not It’s what you would expect from MacLean, short and dated its nearly 35 years old. Views Read Edit View history. A mix of intrigue,the almost gruesome, hair raising, and some humour too, I stayed up too late just so I could find out whodunit.


Written by the famous thriller and grand adventure author: His attempts at female characterization are abysmal. Please provide an email address. Jul 23, Lenny Husen rated it it was ok. Inhe was awarded a D. It starts slow, only raises the pulse once and dribbles away with a lame joke about an unlikely romance. I alisrair to be a great fan of Alistair Maclean in earlier days.

Mar 23, Sangita rated it liked it. Athabasca is a novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLeanwlistair published in Dermott and Mackenzie, tough ex-field managers and now anti-sabotage specialists, arrive, but initial investigations alistalr them nowhere.

I have read others of Alistair MacLean, es Maybe it was the year it was writtenmaybe it was the genre of the time spy and thrillerbut it has poor research, especially when it comes to the Athabasac part of the book. The action takes place in Maclean’s beloved Arctic. You are anchored to a steel ring set into concrete.

There was a problem adding your email address. Athabasca First edition UK. Despite assistance by the Canadian police and FBIsuspicions fall on many employees, but nothing can be proved.