An eighty-foot yacht suddenly capsizes in the Aegean, leaving only six survivors. Then, minutes later, in the same area, an unidentified four-engine jet crashes into the sea. Are these twin disasters more than coincidence?
Commander Talbot and the crew of the HMS Ariadne are assigned to retrieve from the ocean floor the jet's volatile cargo: atomic and hydrogen weaponry with the force to destroy millions. As the delicate operation proceeds, Talbot finds himself trapped in a whirl of nightmarish events involving terrorism and drugs -- and a diabolic plot that leads straight to the Pentagon.
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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.From Library Journal:
In the Aegean a large airplane crashes at almost the same time a luxurious yacht is sinking. Commander Talbot of the Ariadne , a sophisticated British ship that is part of NATO, picks up the yacht's survivors, among them a wealthy Greek businessman. The downed plane, it is learned, contains hydrogen bombs and atomic mines, one of which is ticking. If the mine explodes in that spot, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tidal waves, ozone cracking, and possibly the end of the world could ensue. Talbot and his crew piece together a fiendish plot involving the Greek, drugs, terrorism, and international blackmail. While a large portion of the book reads like a field manual for reclaiming submerged atomic devices, the pace is swift and relentless. (The involvement of the U.S. President, and his decision to keep the whole thing quiet to avoid credibility problems, is more than a bit eerie.) Fans of MacLean will enjoy this, as would any reader of thrillers. Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
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Book Description Fawcett, 1988. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 160815213
Book Description Fawcett, 1988. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0449209741
Book Description Fawcett, 1988. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0449209741
Book Description Fawcett, 1988. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110449209741