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When Eight Bells Toll

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From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all time classic

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 ...

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Overview

From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all time classic

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.

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• ‘Keeps up its high-wire tension all the way. Not to be missed’ Guardian

• ‘A cracker-jack opening. Insistently readable’ Evening Standard

• ‘Breathless action…and a sterling plot’
Financial Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780006158110
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 12/16/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,046,130
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Highly Recommended for thriller fans

    One thing about an Alistair Maclean novel is that they are always informative. In the opening page of this novel we lean about the Peacemaker Colt. So called, I would guess, because if it's fired at you it will blow an ugly hole in your body. Whatever anger you may have had will be gone after the bullet rearranges some of your body parts. Suddenly at the end of page one we learn that the hero has one pointed at him as he tries to calculate his changes of getting out with his body parts intact. Will he survive, of course; otherwise there will be a lot of blank pages in the novel.

    The rest of the novel gets violent at times, but moves at a steady pace through some interesting characters who as one might suspect are never what they pretend to be. A lot of MacLean's novels (e.g. The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Puppet on a Chain) were made into a movie. His books are high adventure stuff with scenery made for an outdoor adventure flick. This novel set in western Scotland and the Irish Sea captures a rugged landscape that is both bleak and beautiful at the same time. If you like high adventure with a mystery to figure out, an Alistair MacLean novel is worth reading.

    R Hemingway

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great

    This was my first Maclean book I have read and I am sure to be back for more. The book is very fast paced and hard to put down at times. Calvert, the main character, almost seems like a hybrid between a James Bond and Sherlock Holmes.

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