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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Athabasca by Alistair MacLean

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The main characters are a trio of oil-field sabotage investigators who are called in to deal with threats of sabotage to tar sand oil fields near Fort MacMurray, Sthabasca and to a pipeline which carries oil to Alaska. The remoteness of the crime sites and the need for helicopters to travel about in these difficult conditions, suggest that the threat is coming from the inside.

But even they are not the main instigators of the events, as the final chapter of the novel reveals. Industrial sabotage afhabasca the Alaskan oil fields allows MacLean Force 10 from Navarone, Ice Station Zebra a ton of background padding–which, alas, is more compelling than the foreground melodrama. Not as tightly plotted as his earlier works but still an entertaining read. The lead character is not only unbelievable but is overshadowed by both of his henchmen.


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I may or may not finish this one Dermott and Mackenzie, tough ex-field managers and now anti-sabotage specialists, arrive, but initial investigations get them nowhere. McClean was never a great writer but sometimes an interesting one who introduced me and others to exotic places I had not heard of.


Who has to gain? In theses times of an acute oil shortage, what have two friendly neighbours to gain by cutting each other’s throats? Mass Market Paperbackpages. The characters are supposed aathabasca be North American one is even from Texasbut that doesn’t stop MacLean — they’re all bloody well going to talk like Scotsmen, d’ye ken?

I decided to read Athabascato represent the province of Alberta, in my Read Across Canada challenge. Plot about Industrial espionage in the oil fields of Alberta and Alaska and the athabacsa 2 investigators and their fat, likable, rum swilling boss.


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. Mar 30, Patrick DiJusto rated it it was ok Shelves: I learned little about Athabaska or Prudoe Bay, and characterization and credibility were below the James Bond level. Jul 22, Chris rated it it was ok. Part of MacLean’s problem this time around is hero Alisatir Brady, a short, fat gourmand who runs a top security agency, a man given to Olympian know-it-all rhetoric.

Nicol rated it it was ok. Ruthless villains with diabolical plot – check.


Dec 23, Brian Wilson rated it really liked it. Athabasca by Alistair MacLean. I used to be a great fan of Alistair Maclean in earlier days. He is definitely a favorite.

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Absolutely enjoyed reading the espionage spy thriller. Jul 24, spike marlin rated it it was ok.

Interesting about how all of that stuff works but the story line was a little lame about who was sabotaging the pipeline. To ask other readers questions about Athabascaplease sign up. The athaabasca flows unevenly, an I first read Athabasca maclea hardcover when it was published in My connection with the main characters was limited, and only on a couple of occasions was I really concerned whether one of them survived.

Apr 29, Laurel rated it it was ok Shelves: I forced myself to wade through the first pages, and was sorely tempted to quit, which I rarely do. Never This is one of MacLean’s books which follows his formulaic yet page-turning approach.

Still compared to current word-processed bestsellers, it reads like an outline, there’s very little padding, it’s all story. Cukup keren bgmn kepolisian lokal bisa berperan besar pada klimaks cerita. Athabasca is quite different. I wish he was still around.