The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone

by Alistair MacLean

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ISBN-13: 9780007289349
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/22/2010
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 105,167
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Alistair MacLean, the son of a 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 teacher. Two and a half years spent aboard a wartime cruiser gave 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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The Guns of Navarone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in highschool. I had watched the movie before, but the book was much better. I am surprised that they do not republish this gem. It is the story of a team of specialists who launch deep into German territory to sabotage the Guns of Navarone. It gives one a feel of the Second World War in an area (Greece) which has not really been focused on for the period. A fast-paced read, it will be hard to put it down.
TadAD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved the book. Also, it's very rare for me to think a movie is even better, but I did in this case.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The novels involves an Allied commando raid against a fortress off Turkey. A team of five men led by Captain Keith Mallory of New Zealand and including the Greek resistance fighter Andreas and an American demolitions expert Corporal Dusty Miller must climb a sheer cliff of 400 feet considered unclimbable, infiltrate a Nazi fortress and sabotage her guns to allow through a British fleet. At stake are the lives of 1,200 British soldiers stranded on an island. The novel takes place in the course of three days during World War II. I've been working my way through a list of suspense novel recommendations, and of the twelve I've read so far, I liked this one the most. I have a friend who calls the thriller genre "dicklit" and goodness, it's true that too many of this sort of novel suffer from testosterone toxicity. Of those dozen novels, even though this is the one without one female character and this is the only real war novel, ironically this is the one without the macho posturing, which is something I found refreshing. Maybe that's because MacLean as a World War II veteran has known war. Unlike the protagonists in novels I read by Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Ted Bell, his commandos come across as human. They all feel fear. The young lieutenant Andy Stevens particularly struggles with his fear of fear that could prove crippling or shaming. They don't revel in violence--or at least the good guys in this novel don't. They try to avoid taking life if they can, and regret it when they can't. They use their heads not just their fists. Which makes these characters for me both more sympathetic and more heroic than the cool he-man counterparts in the genre I've read so far. This is also well-crafted and well-written. Not only does MacLean have a fairly strong prose style, he understands that the principle of a good suspense plot is "and then it got worse." It's a suspenseful novel that's a quick read, a real page turner. If I don't rate this higher, it's that in the end this doesn't make me want to pick up more of MacLean, or keep this novel on my bookshelves. But this is a good read, and if you're drawn to military fiction, this is certainly a well-done example of that genre.
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Great book. Suspenseful but kinda confusing at some parts. Definatly should read, startin g on the sequel and hope it's as good as the first.
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