Alistair MacLean Books In Order

Guns of Navarone Books In Publication Order

  1. The Guns of Navarone (1957)
  2. Force 10 from Navarone (1968)

Alistair MacLean’s UNACO Books In Publication Order

  1. Hostage Tower (With: John Denis) (1980)
  2. Air Force One Is Down (With: John Denis) (1981)
  3. Death Train (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1988)
  4. Alistair MacLean’s Death Train (By:Alastair MacNeill) (1988)
  5. Night Watch (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1989)
  6. Red Alert (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1990)
  7. Time of the Assassins (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1991)
  8. Dead Halt (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1992)
  9. Code Breaker (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1993)
  10. Rendezvous (With: Alastair MacNeill) (1995)
  11. Prime Target (With: Hugh Miller) (1997)
  12. Borrowed Time (With: Hugh Miller) (1998)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. H.M.S. Ulysses (1955)
  2. South by Java Head (1958)
  3. The Last Frontier / The Secret Ways (1959)
  4. Night Without End (1960)
  5. Ice Station Zebra (1960)
  6. Fear is the Key (1961)
  7. The Black Shrike / The Dark Crusader (1961)
  8. The Golden Rendezvous (1962)
  9. The Satan Bug (1962)
  10. When Eight Bells Toll (1966)
  11. Where Eagles Dare (1967)
  12. Puppet on a Chain (1969)
  13. Caravan to Vaccares (1970)
  14. Bear Island (1971)
  15. The Way to Dusty Death (1973)
  16. Breakheart Pass (1974)
  17. Circus (1975)
  18. The Golden Gate (1975)
  19. Goodbye, California (1977)
  20. Seawitch (1977)
  21. Athabasca (1980)
  22. River of Death (1981)
  23. Partisans (1982)
  24. Floodgate (1983)
  25. San Andreas (1984)
  26. Santorini (1986)
  27. Fire of Humiliation (1993)

Alastair MacLean Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. The Lonely Sea (1985)

Alastair MacLean Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  2. Captain Cook (By:Alastair MacNeill) (1972)

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Alistair MacLean Books Overview

Force 10 from Navarone

The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean’s masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. Now reissued in a new cover style. The guns of Navarone have been silenced, but the heroic survivors have no time to rest on their laurels. Almost before the last echoes of the famous guns have died away, Keith Mallory, Andrea and Dusty Miller are parachuting into war torn Yugoslavia to rescue a division of Partisans ! and to fulfil a secret mission, so deadly that it must be hidden from their own allies.

Night Watch (With: Alastair MacNeill)

An adventure thriller based on an original story outline by Alistair MacLean. The plot centres on the theft of a Rembrandt painting sent round the world’s art galleries. Alastair MacNeill has also adapted ‘Death Train’.

Red Alert (With: Alastair MacNeill)

A deadly virus has been stolen, and the thieves plan to use the hundred million pound ransom to fund terrorist armies. When the mission looks impossible, the world calls upon UNACO. The Italian Red Brigades raid the US owned Neo Chem laboratory between Romeand Tivoli and steal a vial of deadly DNA virus. They plan to trade the vial which if opened could kill millions for a hundred million pounds, to be paid to the the terrorist armies of five European countries. The deadline approaches: a summit conference in Switzerland, at which the terrorists threaten to release the virus into the atmosphere if their demands are not met. UNACO agents Mike Graham, C.W. Whitlock and Sabrina Carver are summoned back urgently from leave. Their mission is to find and secure the vial before a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions takes place…

Time of the Assassins (With: Alastair MacNeill)

The apparent resurrection of a long dead international terrorist and the murder of a CIA agent finds another American agent running for his life.

Code Breaker (With: Alastair MacNeill)

At the Lisbon airport, a world renowned cryptologist is captured along with vital coded documents about the operations of UNACO, a top secret security organization, and UNACO’s top agents race to find the kidnappers and find themselves confronting a powerful and ruthless adversary.

Rendezvous (With: Alastair MacNeill)

Based on a short story by Alistair MacLean, Rendezvous conjures up the darkest days of the war in the Mediterranean, and the nail biting drama of a secret life haunted by the fear of betrayal and capture. Early in 1942 the Special Operations Executive and American Military Intelligence must put together a carefully selected team to send on a daring mission which could ultimately change the course of the war in the Mediterranean. James McIndoe, one of the most experienced operatives in the SOE, forms an uneasy team with two members of the AMI the beautiful Stella di Mauro and the brash Nicky Ravallo. When it becomes clear that the operation has become compromised the tension mounts, but there can be no turning back, not until the mission has been completed. But with the Germans closing in, there may be no way out…

Prime Target (With: Hugh Miller)

A US government official is assassinated, a list of names, all male, all German, is found and two men on the list are already dead. What is the connection? When the mission looks impossible, who do you call? UNACO. A young American government employee is murdered in cold blood on a London street. Her death is only the tip of a conspiracy that threatens the life of Andreas Wolff, the computer genius responsible for the security codes for ICON the computerized criminal identification network. Malcolm Philpott, the enigmatic and powerful head of UNACO, recognizes the grave threat, and assigns his two best agents to the case. Sabrina Carver and Mike Graham must race from New York to London, Morocco and Berlin in their efforts to crack the lethal intrigue that threatens world security and has its roots in the final days of World War Two and the desperate plans of a dying madman.

Borrowed Time (With: Hugh Miller)

Militant religious extremists are taking over the peaceful Vale of Kashmir, dealing in drugs and guns to fund their war. When the mission looks impossible, who do you call? UNACO. The Vale of Kashmir in India, precariously caught between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, is one of the most serenely beautiful places on earth! and one of the most deadly. When Malcolm Philpott, head of UNACO, the United Nations’ Anti Crime Organization, receives a tip off from a local priest that the peace of the valley is being threatened by militant religious extremists and the suspicion of a highly organized drug trafficking ring, he sends in two of his top agents, Mike Graham and Sabrina Carver, to investigate and question the priest further. But the priest is brutally murdered before they can arrive, and an ex CIA trained assassin, turned native, is the principal suspect. Suddenly Mike and Sabrina must undertake the lethal mission of infiltrating the murderous drug convoys and bringing the extremists under control before the volatile situation ignites and fans into an international blood bath.

H.M.S. Ulysses

The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, ‘H.M.S. Ulysses‘ takes its place alongside ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘The Cruel Sea’ as one of the classic novels of the navy, its men and its ships, at war. It is vintage MacLean and unforgettable.
‘High powered dramatics.’ San Francisco Chronicle

South by Java Head

February, 1942: Singapore lies burning and shattered, defenceless before the conquering hordes of the Japanese Army, as the last boat slips out of the harbour into the South China Sea. On board are a desperate group of people, each with a secret to guard, each willing to kill to keep that secret safe. Who or what is the dissolute Englishman, Farnholme? The elegant Dutch planter, Van Effen? The strangely beautiful Eurasian girl, Gudrun? The slave trader, Siran? The smiling and silent Nicholson who is never without his gun? Only one thing is certain: the rotting tramp steamer is a floating death trap, carrying a cargo of human TNT. Dawn sees them far out to sea but with the first murderous dive bombers already aimed at their ship. Thus begins an ordeal few are to survive, a nightmare succession of disasters wrought by the hell bent Japanese, the unrelenting tropical sun and by the survivors themselves, whose hatred and bitterness divides them one against the other. Written after the acclaimed and phenomenally successful HMS Ulysses and The Guns of Navarone, this was MacLean’s third book, and it contains all the hallmarks of those other two classics. Rich with stunning visual imagery, muscular narrative power, brutality, courage and breathtaking excitement, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of South by Java Head offers readers a long denied chance to enjoy one of the greatest war novels ever written.

Night Without End

On the Polar ice cap, 640 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the deadly, icy winds can freeze a man to death in minutes. But the survivors of the crashed airliner are lucky they are rescued by three scientists from a nearby weather station. But why did the airliner crash in the first place? Who smashed the radio to pieces? And why does the dead pilot have a bullet hole in his back? The rescue quickly turns into a nightmare: a race through the endless Arctic night, a race against time, cold, hunger and a killer with a gun.

Ice Station Zebra

A classic thriller from the bestselling master of action and suspense. The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage, and that one of the survivors is a killer!

Fear is the Key

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 style. A sunken DC 3 lying on the Caribbean floor. Its cargo: ten million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in gold ingots, emeralds and uncut diamonds guarded by the remains of two men, one woman and a very small boy. The fortune was there for the taking, and ready to grab it were a blue blooded oilman with his own offshore rig, a gangster so cold and independent that even the Mafia couldn’t do business with him and a psychopathic hired assassin. Against them stood one man, and those were his people, those skeletons in their watery coffin. His name was Talbot, and he would bury his dead but only after he had avenged their murders.

The Black Shrike / The Dark Crusader

Eight job advertiseme*nts. Eight jobs. Eight specialists in modern technology required. Eight scientists to fill them. Applicants to be married, with no children, and prepared to travel. Highly persuasive salaries. One criminal mastermind. Eight positions filled. Eight scientists and their wives disappear. Completely. One secret agent to stop him. Advertisment no.9. Sydney, Australia. Fuel specialist required. Looks like a job for John Bentall

The Satan Bug

HELL IS ABOUT TO BE UNLEASHED Five strands of high voltage wire, 200 yards of bare ground and double barbed wire fences patrolled by armed guards with dogs separated Mordon Research Centre from the outside world. Yet behind the locked doors of E block, a scientist lies dead, and a new toxin of terrifying power has vanished

When Eight Bells Toll

From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all time classic Millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. Investigations by the British Secret Service, and a sixth sense, have bought Philip Calvert to a bleak, lonely bay in the Western Highlands. But the sleepy atmosphere of Torbay is deceptive. The place is the focal point of many mysterious disappearances. Even the unimaginative Highland Police Sergeant seems to be acting a part. But why? This story is Alistair MacLean at his enthralling best. It has all the edge of the seat suspense, and dry humour that millions of readers have devoured for years.

Where Eagles Dare

Forbidding peaks, resourceful commandos, beautiful spies, nonstop action, and neck snapping plot twists make this the classic adventure thriller the kind of page turner that readers actually will find impossible to put down. A team of British Special Forces commandos parachutes into the high peaks of the Austrian Alps with the mission of stealing into an invulnerable alpine castle accessible only by aerial gondola the headquarters of Na*zi intelligence. Supposedly sent in to rescue one of their own, their real mission turns out to be a lot more complicated and the tension climbs as team members start to die off, one by one. Written by Alistair Maclean, author of the Guns of Navarone, this is the novel that set the pace for the modern action thriller the film version, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, also helped, and it still packs twice the punch of most contemporary best selling thrillers. What’s more, the cast of spooks, turncoats, and commandos who drive this story are more relevant than ever in our new era of special forces, black ops, and unpredictable alliances.

Puppet on a Chain

From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all time classic. Paul Sherman of Interpol’s Narcotics Bureau flies to Amsterdam on the trail of a dope king. With enormous skill the atmosphere is built up: Amsterdam with its canals and high houses; stolid police; psychopaths; women in distress and above all murder.

Caravan to Vaccares

The classic tale of suspense set in Provence, where an English tourist investigates a series of mysterious deaths, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. From all over Europe, even from behind the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine of their patron saint in the Provence region of southern France. But something is different about this year’s gathering, with many suspicious deaths. Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman decide to investigate. Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers that a man named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions on the real identity of Strome center on a highly wealthy aristocrat, distinguished folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose girlfriend Lila Delafont is a friend of Cecile. As they follow the caravan, Bowman and Cecile find that their lives in danger many times in an effort to uncover the secret the gypsies are so determined to hide, and before long are running for their lives.

Bear Island

A converted fishing trawler, Morning Rose carries a movie making crew across the Barents Sea to isolated Bear Island, well above the Arctic Circle, for some on location filming, but the script is a secret known only to the producer and screenwriter. En route, members of the movie crew and ship’s company begin to die under mysterious circumstances. The crew’s doctor, Marlowe, finds himself enmeshed in a violent, multi layered plot in which very few of the persons aboard are whom they claim to be. Marlowe’s efforts to unravel the plot become even more complicated once the movie crew is deposited ashore on Bear Island, beyond the reach of the law or outside help. The murders continue ashore, and Marlowe, who is not what he seems to be either, discovers they may be related to some forgotten events of the Second World War.

Breakheart Pass

A rare Alistair Maclean western adventure.


Reissue of the classic tale of espionage set in Cold War Europe, where the world’s greatest Circus acrobat must break into an impenetrable fortress, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Bruno Wildermann of the Wrinfield Circus is the world s greatest trapeze artist, a clairvoyant with near supernatural powers and an implacable enemy of the East European regime that arrested his family and murdered his wife. The CIA needs such a man, and recruits Bruno for an impossible raid on the impreganble Lubylan fortress, where his family his held. Under cover of a Circus tour, Bruno prepares to return to his homeland. But before the journey even begins a murderer strikes twice. Somewhere in the Circus there is a communist agent with orders to stop Bruno at any cost.

The Golden Gate

A tense and nerve shattering classic from the highly acclaimed masster of action and suspense. A ROLLING FOR KNOX is how the journalists describe the Presidential motorcade as it enters San Francisco across The Golden Gate. Even the ever watchful FBI believe it is impregnable as it has to be with the President and two Arab potentates aboard. But halfway across the bridge the unthinkable happens. Before the eyes of the world a master criminal pulls off the most spectacular kidnapping in modern times!

Goodbye, California

‘Earthquake country,’said the Professor. ‘San Francisco is geologically and seismologically a city that waits to die. Los Angeles is ringed by earthquake centres seven massive quakes so far. We have no idea where the next, the monster, will hit ‘ until a criminal fanatic kidnaps a nuclear scientist and builds his own atomic bombs. If exploded on California’s fault lines they could trigger off the mightiest earthquake of them all killing half its population and dumping the entire city of San Francisco into the sea. Goodbye California


The tale of murder and revenge set on a remote oil rig, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Seawitch The massive oil rig is the hub of a great empire, the pride of its billionaire owner, Lord Worth, predatory and ruthless, has clawed his way to great wealth. Now, he cares for only two things Seawitch and his two high spirited daughters. One man knows this: John Cronkite, trouble shooter for the world’s top oilmen and Worth’s ex victim, is spoiling for revenge. In one terrifying week, Worth’s world explodes.


SABOTAGE!THE VICTIMSTwo of the most important oil fields in the world one in Canada, the other in Alaska. THE SABOTEURSAn unknown quantity deadly and efficient. The oil flow could be interrupted in any one of thousands of places down the trans Alaskan pipeline. THE RESULTCatastrophe. One man, Jim Brady, is called in to save the life blood of the world as unerringly, the chosen targets fall at the hands of a hidden enemy

River of Death

The classic tale of adventure and the dark secrets of a lost city in the Brazilian jungle, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. THE LOST CITYHamilton knows the way to the ruins deep in the Brazilian jungle and the secret they hold. The millionaire who calls himself Smith seeks the lost city to avenge a wrong from his hidden past. Their journey down the River of Death is an epic of violence and danger. But the secret that awaits them in the lost city is more dangerous still as a legacy of theft, treachery and murder stretching back to war torn Europe comes to a deadly climax beneath the ancient walls.


In wartime, people are either friends or enemies. In wartime, friends are friends and enemies die.


AMSTERDAM AIRPORT HAS DISAPPEAREDBLACKMAILThe mass of water in its place is the work of the FFF an Irish terrorist group who want to force Britain’s hand. SUBTERFUGEThe Dutch call in Detective Lieutenant van Effen feared interrogator and undercover intimate of the criminal Krakers gang to sabotage the FFF s plan. DISASTERIf van Effen fails and the FFF get control of the vital dyke, either Holland will sink beneath the sea or Britain will be awash with blood.

San Andreas

According to the Geneva Convention, red crosses on a ship guarantee immunity from enemy attack. The San Andreas is a hospital ship, but the members of her crew do not believe that the red crosses on her sides will keep her safe. The author also wrote ‘Where Eagles Dare’.


An eighty foot yacht suddenly capsizes in the Aegean, leaving only six survivors. Then, minutes later, in the same area, an unidentified four engine jet crashes into the sea. Are these twin disasters more than coincidence?Commander Talbot and the crew of the HMS Ariadne are assigned to retrieve from the ocean floor the jet’s volatile cargo: atomic and hydrogen weaponry with the force to destroy millions. As the delicate operation proceeds, Talbot finds himself trapped in a whirl of nightmarish events involving terrorism and drugs and a diabolic plot that leads straight to the Pentagon. From the Paperback edition.

The Lonely Sea

Collection of riveting tales of the sea including the story that launched his writing career, the account of the epic battle to sink the German battle ship, Bismarck, and two new stories collected here for the first time.

Lawrence of Arabia

Colorful characters, a larger than life hero, stirring battles, death defying desert treks, and an adventure rich in mystery and romance, are all depicted by a great writer. That and more is what readers will find in this spellbinding biography of Lawrence of Arabia that is impossible to put down. Bestselling author and screenwriter Alistair MacLean follows Lawrence as he breaks with tradition to live with Arabs and, using modern day guerrilla tactics, helps them defeat the Turks and gain an independent state. In addition to the enthralling details of the campaign, MacLean provides valuable insight into the origins of the Middle East we know today.

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