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The Writings & Films of Alistair MacLean

 Latest update (Oct. 2023): my review of the film The Way to Dusty Death


One of the all-time great thriller writers, Alistair MacLean has long been a favorite of mine. I set up this site to share my views about his books and the films based on them.

I have now reviewed every novel he wrote (see links below)! I am gradually covering more movie treatments of his books; sadly, few are available as home video rentals.

For each book, I provide an introduction; plot keypoints; strengths and weaknesses; and a rating. Movie reviews are less structured. I also review books related to his life and writing career (see the About MacLean section).

This is all highly subjective, of course! Though your tastes probably aren't identical to mine, I hope my thoughts will help guide you toward enjoyable reading and viewing.

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