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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Athabasca by Alistair MacLean

Interesting about how all of that stuff works but the story line was a little lame about who was sabotaging the pipeline. I found it difficult to keep all athavasca them straight. You have less than two minutes to live.

Views Read Edit View history. Every time something happens at one of the oilfields, the entire team goes in response; something then happens to the other oilfield.

And if you hire a woman, it’s because she’s pretty and you’ll likely get together with her. The damsels in distress are stereotypically passive, and while the ending of the book isn’t exactly predictable, it wasn’t exactly new, either.

Here’s one quote, to give you a sense of what MacLean does best: Want to Read saving…. Athabasca is quite different.

Nicol rated it it was ok. It starts slow, only raises the pulse once and dribbles away with a lame joke about an unlikely romance.

I have read others of Alistair MacLean, especially when I was a teenager growing up in the 80’s that seemed to wthabasca much better.

Very one-plot and simple, but good. I don’t remember being annoyed by this as a teenager, but it sure does bother me now. They’re tough-talking, hard drinking, ruthless, and so thoroughly despicable that the reader wouldn’t kaclean blamed for thinking that these assholes are causing the very sabotage they’re being paid to stop.


The language is stilted and to much of the story relies on the superhero type investigators in Houston, when there where more then competent police services in both Alaska and Alberta who could have solved the crimes. 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.

I needed this book for my challenge.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Laistair This is one of MacLean’s books which follows his formulaic yet page-turning approach. View all 4 comments. The characters are supposed to be North American one is even from Texasbut that doesn’t stop MacLean — they’re all bloody well going to talk like Scotsmen, d’ye ken?

I always enjoy a good mystery and Athabasca fit this role perfectly. 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. When the operations manager of an oil company operating in Prudhoe Bay in Alaska receives a mysterious anonymous threat of sabotage, his superiors call in Jim Brady Enterprisesa firm of oilfield specialists.

When one reads his book, the mind is caught up in the movie, even if the movie was never made. He can tell a story in half the space of many current authors, yet with all the detail. Copyright so an older maclewn about the oil fields in Alaska and Canada.


This book was just ok. This book had amusing characters athabasa a lot of twists and turns. This page was last edited on 30 Aprilat Skulduggery in the Alaskan icefields as a mysterious group of operatives target an oil pipeline.

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Therefore, re-reading it was like exploring a new novel. Feb 25, Thrivi Subramanian rated it really liked it. After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster. I only decided to read it because I was there last year rafting the river and padding across whats left of the glacier and I remember is work fondly.

But even they are not the main instigators of the events, as the final chapter of the novel reveals. To ask other readers questions about Athabascaplease sign up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Our two intrepid investigators are out to find out what’s going on.

The lead character is not only unbelievable but is overshadowed by both of his henchmen. Dec 23, Brian Wilson rated it really liked it.

He’s soon tiresome once he arrives at Athabasca, the big Arctic shore where refineries extract oil from tar-sand a process dependent on digging, not drilling: Not a particularly good thriller.