October 28, 2023
Added a review of the movie The Way to Dusty Death.
December 27, 2021
Linked to two Scottish newspapers' recent feature articles on MacLean.
March 4, 2021
Announced that the film version of The Secret Ways had been released on DVD.
August 28, 2018
Mentioned a New York Time article about romance in MacLean's
May 15, 2016
Mentioned an article that announced a remake of the film Fear is the
March 26, 2016
Added an alert that the film version of When Eight Bells Toll is
available for sale to U.S. audiences.
September 8, 2014
Added a notice about someone else's detailed reviews of MacLean's first 16
July 9, 2014
Added a notice that the film Air Force One is Down (based on a book
plotted, but not written, by MacLean) is now available through iTunes.
May 7, 2013
Added a notice about an upcoming film remake of Ice Station Zebra.
April 13, 2013
Added a review of the movie Fear is the Key.
March 3, 2013
Added a review of the movie The Secret Ways.
January 11, 2013
Added a mention that MacLean's former home in the Scottish Highlands is for
August 31, 2012
Added a note about a newspaper interview with MacLean's niece.
August 1, 2012
Added a review of the biography Alistair MacLean: A Life, by
July 16, 2012
Added a review of the movie When Eight Bells Toll.
July 3, 2012
Added a note on the auction sale of one of MacLean's typewriters.
June 21, 2012
Added a note about the announcement of the cast for the TV miniseries
Alistair MacLean's Air Force One is Down.
June 15, 2012
Added a notice that Warner Brother Home Video will soon
release Ice Station Zebra on Blu-ray Disc.
May 16, 2012
Added a note about Where Eagles Dare actor Richard Burton
being buried close to Alistair MacLean.
April 24, 2012
Added a page of Alistair MacLean first edition covers submitted by reader
Also noted a news story relating to Alistair's niece, author Shona MacLean.
February 12, 2012
Added a note regarding books co-written by MacLean's second wife.
February 5, 2012
Just a maintenance update, cleaning up a few typos & so forth.
December 2, 2011
I added a note on the recent passing of Gisela MacLean (the author's first
September 13, 2011
I added a notice that Sony Pictures will soon release The Guns of
Navarone on Blu-ray Disc.
August 1, 2011
I added a review of Robert A. Lee's 1976 book Alistair
MacLean: The Key is Fear, which analyzes MacLean's novels to that point and discusses many themes common to
July 26, 2011
I added a review of The Lonely Sea and updated the A Look at MacLean page with some information gleaned from that book. (Please
note, too, that a contact email address now appears at the bottom of each page; I welcome your thoughts about this
July 18, 2011
I added a review of the film version of Golden
July 13, 2011
I added news about Powercorp's four upcoming MacLean-based TV miniseries.
July 6, 2011
I added a review of the film version of River of Death.
June 22, 2011
I added a review of the film version of Puppet on a
June 15, 2011
I added a review of the film version of The Satan Bug.
May 27, 2011
I added a page called A Look at MacLean, with brief biographical
notes and an overview of some common themes in his writing.
I later changed all the text so that his name is correctly formatted as MacLean rather than Maclean.
May 24, 2011
I posted a review of the movie Bear Island.
May 20, 2011
I posted a review of the movie Caravan to Vaccares.
I reduced the ratings of the four worst books, by one star each, to contrast them more sharply with
MacLean's better works.