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F Feeaarr iiss tthhee K Keeyy Alistair MacLean PROLOGUE May 3rd, If you could call a ten by six wooden box mo. A classic novel of ruthless revenge set in the steel jungle of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico – and on the sea bed below it. Now reissued in a new cover. Fear is the key by Alistair MacLean, , Fawcett Gold Medal edition, in English.
You know his motive from the beginning, but in the end, revenge is somewhat hollow. But otherwise, I'd argue that this is one of MacLean's better efforts, up there with his more famous works. Sympathetic anti? Talbot returns to the house and next day is taken to the oil platform, where he finds that Ruthven and his associates need Talbot to operate a submersible. It's real. May 12, Neil Fulwood rated it it was amazing.
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Classifications Library of Congress PZ4. Besides, who would fix up the bathyscaphe then? The final chapter or two are sublime.
The action slows right down but the tension is ramped up to the heights, one step at a time.
Five stars. In the background we see an airplane that has been shot down heading in a dive straight for the ocean, carrying the Hero's brother, wife and toddler son tragically to their deaths. If this weren't enough, depicted on the cover, in addition to the Firearm, are other Penis Extenders: Everything on the cover is in the Book. I am hooked on MacLean. Glad I have so many more to read. I am never going to rate a MacLean less than 4 stars, even if just for the British English and the writing.
We discover much later: Something in Finnish too: Ja kuka on loppujen lopuksi t Something in Finnish too: If you've read much MacLean, the "twist" on page 80 won't be much of a surprise; but otherwise, 50 years on this remains a surprisingly strong book. Catches and holds your attention, and generally stands the test of time - with a few glaring exceptions, like references to George Raft, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and the fact that the whole plot revolves around trying to salvage "ten million dollars" - which comes off awfully Dr.
And of course, there's the very unfortunate line, "you silly youn If you've read much MacLean, the "twist" on page 80 won't be much of a surprise; but otherwise, 50 years on this remains a surprisingly strong book. And of course, there's the very unfortunate line, "you silly young muggins, what do you go and do a daft thing like that?
But hey, when was the last time you actually read a James Bond book? I'm sure they're even more dated. But otherwise, I'd argue that this is one of MacLean's better efforts, up there with his more famous works. And speaking of Ian Fleming, I would wager that MacLean is in fact the better writer, but is less remembered today largely for the fact that he didn't create a memorable series character like Bond, Jack Reacher or Alex Cross.
Oh, fun fact: But bad-guy Royale was played by Ben Kingsley, with hair and in his first film role! Jan 10, Peter rated it liked it. I started reading Alistair MacLean back in the late 60s, when I was only nine years old. While I didn't like his novels written after the early 70s, I've re-read many times all his novels from the 50s and 60s.
Fear Is The Key is from the late 50s and while it was written during MacLean's heyday, it's not his best effort. I enjoyed the setting and the main character. Both had a lot of depth and MacLean seemed to particularly enjoy expanding on the descriptions of the section of Florida where the s I started reading Alistair MacLean back in the late 60s, when I was only nine years old. Both had a lot of depth and MacLean seemed to particularly enjoy expanding on the descriptions of the section of Florida where the story is set.
Supporting characters were decent, though formulaic even in that early effort. MacLean's novels from Circus onward had a tiring repetition of cut-out characters that made me abandon him. Despite the down-checks, however, Fear Is The Key is certainly worth the first read and followup re-readings.
But Fear Is The Key does fit in with that list, even if toward the bottom.
Sep 06, Lindsey rated it really liked it. Gripping and well written. Sympathetic anti?
Jul 22, Tim Corke rated it liked it Shelves: After an early uncertainty about the plot and the style, unfortunately they didn't get any better. Whilst an interesting enough plot and series of characters, Fear is the Key didn't really do anything for me.
The writing was OK but was written simply and without a great deal of depth so didn't really feel like picking it up and reading a few more pages. The role of Talbot and the development of the character was clear but for a long while it wasn't clear what was actually happening and how it wa After an early uncertainty about the plot and the style, unfortunately they didn't get any better.
The role of Talbot and the development of the character was clear but for a long while it wasn't clear what was actually happening and how it was relating to the general idea of the story.
Within a relatively quick time the whole plot had been unraveled and broken down quite matter of factly and the mystery had disappeared. I can imagine this story to be revisited by another author who could add another dimension to it and to be frank can equally imagine it would be a much better read.
I'd recommend it if you didn't have any other books to read and you wanted something straightforward but it won't do much else. Not the most enthralling Maclean novel, a strange somewhat unbelievable plot. Nevertheless, it still had the trademark suspense and thrills that made Maclean famous.
Jun 05, Joseph Grinton rated it really liked it Shelves: After that they lost something and I stopped reading them. I wondered if it was because I'd grown up. Apparently not. They are still great fun to read. The characters are flimsy.
The situations are corny.
The vocabulary is predictable. But he has a great sense of humour and the plots zing along with not a word wasted. He has a light touch and astounding creativity. This is one of his better ones. It is much better than the film, which I saw shortly after reading the book the first time and was hugely disappointed. It had little of the suspense and none of the humour. There is also a sentimental theme here, which appeals to me, especially since I was reading my original Fontana edition from Jul 13, Red Heaven rated it it was ok.
Being a big fan of MacLean and knowing I saw the movie years ago but not really remembering anything about the plot, I dived into this.
It starts well with the hero breaking out of a courthouse in Florida, and when he subsequently gets captured at a motel, and taken to a bigshot oil baron's house, you sense the workings of the plot begin to grind. Unfortunately, the book gets bogged down with a lot of talking after a moonlight rendezvous with an oil rig. When the hero ends up at the diving bell, Being a big fan of MacLean and knowing I saw the movie years ago but not really remembering anything about the plot, I dived into this.
When the hero ends up at the diving bell, I gave up all hope. This isn't the direction I wanted the story to go in, and I wanted a lot more action for my money.
May 18, Ambar rated it liked it Shelves: The opening plot is slightly incredulous, what with the courthouse jailbreak, but that's acceptable and encouraged in the genre I suppose. And it is written well. I will give credit to the author where it is due, the story is not overly predictable, an ailment that mindless action is usually crippled by and offers some fairly engrossing insights into the world of deep sea exploration without suffer "Fear is the key" is a mindless action adventure thriller and does not purport to be anything more.
I will give credit to the author where it is due, the story is not overly predictable, an ailment that mindless action is usually crippled by and offers some fairly engrossing insights into the world of deep sea exploration without suffering from unnecessary pedantry.
It's an unremarkable story written by a talented author, and makes for a thoroughly entertaining reading experience.
Definitely recommended for fans of the genre. I'm guessing MacLean wrote fast. There are so many holes in the plot that are fixed up along the way you just have to concentrate on the path ahead rather than the ground at your feet. The book was written in a different time when the world was transitioning from Cagney like gangsters and the dialogue can be a little dated as a result. The final sequence in the bathyscaphe A diving submarine is very good. This is a revenge thriller that moves quickly, is highly unlikely, but has an interesting I'm guessing MacLean wrote fast.
This is a revenge thriller that moves quickly, is highly unlikely, but has an interesting start, a rather prolonged contrived middle, and a suspenseful end. It would be unwise to be critical of someone who sold so many books and there are always things to learn from the masters. Feb 20, Rosa rated it it was ok. Ja sitten kirja jo loppuikin. I have always held this MacLean novel in high regard.
It falls into his early period of great work--late s-early s. It is very typical on some levels and unique on others. This hero is a little less lethal than some, but he is very compelling. You know his motive from the beginning, but in the end, revenge is somewhat hollow. Solid action, good characters. Vintage MacLean. This was fun to re-read. Audiobook read by Francis Matthews, whose British voice ably reproduced many voices, including American.
The story was obviously cleverly written and had a dry sense of humor. The book began with a criminal for a hero! But even with all the unexpected turns to the plot, I didn't care about the characters or the story line, and found myself avoiding listening to it, so I haven't finished it. It may have been that I was too distracted to enjoy the book and should try again! Sep 13, L. Larkin rated it liked it. A dramatic Prologue opens up a big mystery as a plane is shot down because of something it is carrying.
There is also a clever twist as you discover the true identity of the central character - known as Chrysler - but I found it hard to get past the man's arrogance. Yes it's part of the act but his attitude doesn't get much better once he reveals his true identity.
I also found it tough to get past the sexist attitudes of the time, even though the female is pretty brave at one point. Sep 15, Chris rated it liked it. This was not my favorite Alistair MacLean book. The story was ok, but I felt there was a problem with the narrative since the first part of the book is presented under false pretenses.
Somehow it seems worse than an unreliable narrator when the lie the narrator is perpetrating exists only to preserve an artificial sense of suspense. It was still entertaining, but marred by this flaw in the telling. Just OK. Jan 26, David Rubin rated it it was amazing. He wrote before the time when series were written with one hero and his cast of friends and enemies. This book, for example, involves the offshore oil industry and oil drilling from jack-up drilling rigs. The characters are well-fleshed out, except where facts are withheld to maintain dramatic tension; and the plot moves along with pretty good speed.
I recommend this book; it's an oldie but goodie!
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Alistair MacLean. Alistair MacLean. In , at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses , his first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea.
After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster.
In , he was awarded a D. Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre.