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This is even more contrast vis a vis his admiring descriptions of Swanson’s infallible, placating and impeccable character. Jones finds another tracking device but is knocked out by Vaslov, a Soviet double-agent and the saboteur. Black and white melodramatic characters who talk mostly with their hands, and dip into a lengthy monologue to explain to the viewer what they missed?

Every single glistening drop of bow spray can be seen as it comes pouring over the submarine's surface, caught by a camera strapped to the conning tower. Throughout the novel we learn that the fire which erupted on Drift Ice Station Zebra was no accident at all; It turns out that Drift Ice Station Zebra was far more than a meteorologist station; And we will soon learn that not Carpenter nor the survivors are what they seem, and nothing should be taken at Face Value.Dobré čítanie i napriek tomu, že tento román má svoj vek a udalosti sú stale s malými obmenami použiteľné aj dnes. Carpenter, Executive Officer Hansen, and two crewmen are put above on the icepack and make the journey to the station through an Arctic storm on foot, taking with them as many supplies as they can. For submerging and surfacing scenes, the diesel-electric Guppy IA USS Blackfin (SS-322) was used, near Pearl Harbor. I guessed who the Soviet agent was long before the end, not because there were any pointers, but because he was the only person from the ice station who had more than a couple of lines. Finally, MacLean even mentions the newly-operational Soviet nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin by involving the ship in an aborted attempt to reach the survivors at Drift Ice Station Zebra.

For action it has crash dives, paratroopers, Russian spies, off-course satellites, and a troop of Marines, the average age of whom seems to be fourteen. The plots almost always draw me in, but as with the aforementioned Goodbye, Californiaor The Golden Gate (1976), plot can take the story only so far.

Anders confronts Vaslov and the two men fight before the dazed Jones shoots and kills the American captain. Dolphin [blackout]sets off under the ice back to Britain, but during the night the saboteurs set the engine room on fire and the submarine fills with smoke. From Anne Frank, we learn of the oppressive daily life led by those in hiding, and the edge they have to live on.

I expounded on that book enough in its own review, so I’ll just say by way of reminder that it was a lot of buildup for a major letdown. Before getting to the novel itself I feel compelled to explain what drove me to grab an “old” Alistair MacLean classic. A satellite re-enters the atmosphere and ejects a capsule, which parachutes to Arctic ice, approximately 320 mi (510 km) northwest of Station Nord, Greenland in the Arctic Ocean ice pack. Ice Station Zebra, written by Alistair Maclean and published in 1963, is a classic mystery/thriller set on a submarine in the Arctic.Else, very good+ condition in very good dust jacket that has some edgewear at spine ends and light discoloration bottom of spine and next to it rear.

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