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When I started this place it was primarily for book reviews and thoughts on all things literary. Well the book reviews are still here, but somehow it's grown into a place for me and others to practice short fictional writing and of course a place where I can give my thoughts and opinions on virtually any subject that might take my fancy.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Book Review for San Andreas by Alistair MacLean

ISBN: 0 00 222830 0
Publisher: William Collins Sons & Co Ltd
Website: www.harpercollins.co.uk
Copyright © Alistair MacLean 1984
286 Pages, Hardcover

Set on a hospital ship in Norwegian waters, with a British Merchant Navy crew and a collection of doctors, nurses and orderlies, hunted by German planes and U-boats and not knowing the reason for the pursuit, a saboteur loose, wreaking havoc with the electrical systems, fuel lines, heating and medical supplies.

As soon as I began to read I was hooked. This is a World War II adventure thriller that had me jumping from one crew member to another looking for the bad hat, and being proved wrong, usually when another act of sabotage took place. I wasn’t alone, even the main characters were baffled.

The feeling of suspense was masterly, and the description of a badly damaged ship in hostile weather conditions was enough to have me shivering for real. But to my mind the dialogue between the characters coupled with the understated humour in the face of the towering odds against them is what turned the whole story into a masterpiece.

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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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