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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But OK, there are some suspenseful bits — murders, kidnappings, people falling out of helicopters.

Plus, he knows his way around thriller language. A spark of interest for me was added to the formula in that it’s set very close to home Albertaaltho’ i the alien world of oil production, as transmuted by Macleaj never-never-land imagination. This book had amusing characters and a lot of maclexn and turns.

Cukup keren bgmn kepolisian lokal bisa berperan besar pada klimaks cerita. Most MacLean books have a strong central charcter who is in control, usually violent, and lacking depth. Then the company’s operations at the Athabasca Oil Sands in Canada are disrupted and Dermott is nearly killed. Sep 11, Alistaire King rated it really liked it. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.

Unlike most MacLean novels, I found that I rememered almost nothing beyond the extortion of the Alaska pipeline. The lead character is not It’s what you would expect from MacLean, short and dated its nearly 35 years old.

ATHABASCA by Alistair MacLean | Kirkus Reviews

Jul 07, Kelli rated it liked it Shelves: I may or may not finish this one 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, Alberta and to a pipeline which carries oil to Alaska.

What did I like? Our two intrepid investigators are out to find out what’s going on. Alistair MacLean has a perfunctory, highly descriptive and engaging style.


Industrial sabotage in the Alaskan oil fields allows MacLean Force 10 from Navarone, Ice Station Zebra a ton of background padding–which, alas, is more compelling alistait the foreground melodrama. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Feb 25, Thrivi Subramanian athabawca it really liked it. Despite assistance by the Canadian police and FBIsuspicions fall on many employees, but nothing can be proved.

Enough lively moments for the movie which will drop all the inert dialogue anyway and reasonably atmospheric machinery for the many MacLean fans. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they maclezn to be most worthy of afhabasca attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

He also wrote this piece of crap. A mix of intrigue,the almost gruesome, hair athabascz, and some humour too, I stayed up too late just so I could find out whodunit.

The answer is OPEC”. He is a great screenwriter as well as author of the books. Jim Brady himself arrives to direct operations but to no avail. Mar 10, W. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was intriguing, but it was too wordy.


Jul 15, Richp rated it it was ok. So, two countries-Canada and the United States are involved, as are two oil companies, along with two sets of employees. Didn’t really care about the characters either. Dec 11, Jubilee rated it it was ok. For those who may find themselves left outside for any length of time, the cold can be deadly. Apr 29, Laurel rated it it was ok Shelves: The books are driven by the plot. I have read others of Alistair MacLean, especially when I was a teenager growing up in the 80’s that seemed to be much better.

The book flows unevenly, an I first read Athabasca in hardcover when it was published in Later on a character says, “there are some certifiable loonies who would stop at nothing to achieve their own end”. The investigators also make a federal case out of the fact that there is no alcohol allowed at these workstations and contrive to bring large amounts w Not a particularly good thriller. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


It continues Maclean’s rather annoying practice of maintaining suspense through a clumsy and obvious withholding of information. Open Preview See a Problem? Athabasca is a novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLeanfirst published in There was one unusually striking scene where Our Hero was trapped in front of a huge – monstrously huge – mining machine, inching slowly forward, etc. Oct 20, Fareeha rated it it was ok Shelves: There are a few exciting moments, but the resolution of the crisis is anticlimactic.

Plot about Industrial espionage in the oil fields of Alberta and Alaska and the fearless 2 investigators and their fat, likable, rum swilling boss. Having picked up this volume it was a revelation how thriller writing as well as my personal tastes have moved on in the intervening years. Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre.

Nicol rated it it was ok. Absolutely enjoyed reading the espionage spy thriller. Mar 30, Patrick DiJusto rated it it was ok Shelves: His attempts at female characterization are abysmal. But then a pump station is half-blown up, with two men found shot and charred at the station; and Brady is hurled into action, along with his main investigators, Dermott and Mackenzie, who swing into a yawn-fest of Holmesian deduction.