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E outside worldYet behind the locked doors of E block a scientist lies dead and a new toxin of terrifying power has vanish. Interesting to see that biological weapons were as much of a threat 50 years ago as they are today SPOILER ALERT The actual Satan Bug is largely a MacGuffin here for what is basically a whodunit with a little action at the end rather than an espionage or political thriller This is also the second MacLean book I know of where the defeated bad guy chooses the honorable path and kills himself by jumping out of a plane rather than face trial not sure if this is some uaint British code of honor from that periodThis book is still from MacLean's good period before he started going downhill after Force 10 I've now somehow read most of them the past year or so but this should be it for a while no from Mom and none at the library except a few of his final works which were generally pretty bad Still have never read HMS Ulysses or South by Java Head and would like to sometime but they're not available in Singapore so will have to wait until we get back to Virginia somedayBTW like so many of MacLean's books this was turned into a movie but one of his lesser works starring mainly TV actors George Maharis Richard Basehart Anne Francis rather than the true movie stars that worked on the better adaptations such as Guns of Navarone Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra That said an interesting bit of trivia is that the Satan Bug script was co written by James Clavell before he made it big as an author with Shogun and Tai Pan

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An alternate cover for this isbn can be found hereHELL IS ABOUT TO BE UNLEASHEDFive strands of high voltage wire 200 yards. In the book the reader makes the acuaintance of Pierre Cavell the former head of security at the Mordon I love that name with its almost subliminal suggestion of death Microbiological Research Establishment and now working as a private detective Cavell is handed the case of his life when Mordon's current security chief is found murdered on site one of its head scientists disappearsand eight vials containing deadly botulinus toxin AND the so called Satan Bug a strain of the polio virus that has been made a million times deadly a single spoonful of which could shortly wipe out all life on Earth are discovered to be missing And as the clock ticks down to an attack on the heart of London matters grow even dire for Cavell as his beautiful bride of just two months is abducted by the madman“The Satan Bug for its first 23 with Cavell evincing the sharp ratiocination abilities of The Thinking Machine In its final third the novel dishes out some tremendous chase and action seuences Cavell during this case must sift through the alibis of a good two dozen or so Mordon suspects and every character it seems has something to hide It is the sort of book in which no one can be trusted; where virtually everyone is playacting or double dealing for his or her own endeven the good guys Cavell goes through some fairly physically grueling treatment during the course of his 48 hour investigation and it is no small wonder that he emerges both alive at the book's end and that he is able to figure out the culprit in this very complexly plotted affair Cavell impresses the reader with both his mental agility AND his ability to carry on against near insuperable odds The book features much in the way of surprises Cavell's exact relationship with his boss The General did surely catch me off guard and as far as the reader's ability to figure out the identity of the culpritHaving said that I must also report that The Satan Bug is not a perfect book and that MacLean can justly be accused of having made a few flubs during the course of his complicated story Most egregiously a character named Tom Hartnell on page 75 is called Roger Hartnell by page 128 MacLean tells us that the city of Tornio is in Sweden whereas it is actually in Finland on the Swedish borderThe bottom line is that the book is a smashing success and some kind of pure entertainment The Satan Bug by the way was initially released under MacLean's pseudonym of Ian Stuart just to see if one of his books would sell successfully under another byline It did of course but with a thriller like this that should hardly come as a surprise The Lost Heart of Asia private detective Cavell is handed the case of his life when Mordon's current security chief is found murdered on site one of its head scientists disappearsand eight vials containing deadly botulinus toxin AND the so called Satan Bug a strain of the The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman polio virus that has been made a million times deadly a single spoonful of which could shortly wipe out all life on Earth are discovered to be missing And as the clock ticks down to an attack on the heart of London matters grow even dire for Cavell as his beautiful bride of just two months is abducted by the madman“The Satan Bug for its first 23 with Cavell evincing the sharp ratiocination abilities of The Thinking Machine In its final third the novel dishes out some tremendous chase and action seuences Cavell during this case must sift through the alibis of a good two dozen or so Mordon suspects and every character it seems has something to hide It is the sort of book in which no one can be trusted; where virtually everyone is The Tavern on Maple Street playacting or double dealing for his or her own endeven the good guys Cavell goes through some fairly The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich physically grueling treatment during the course of his 48 hour investigation and it is no small wonder that he emerges both alive at the book's end and that he is able to figure out the culprit in this very complexly El caso Banchero plotted affair Cavell impresses the reader with both his mental agility AND his ability to carry on against near insuperable odds The book features much in the way of surprises Cavell's exact relationship with his boss The General did surely catch me off guard and as far as the reader's ability to figure out the identity of the culpritHaving said that I must also report that The Satan Bug is not a The Pleasure Trap perfect book and that MacLean can justly be accused of having made a few flubs during the course of his complicated story Most egregiously a character named Tom Hartnell on Watching Natalie Cheat page 75 is called Roger Hartnell by For Just Cause page 128 MacLean tells us that the city of Tornio is in Sweden whereas it is actually in Finland on the Swedish borderThe bottom line is that the book is a smashing success and some kind of It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity pure entertainment The Satan Bug by the way was initially released under MacLean's Teeth in the Mist pseudonym of Ian Stuart just to see if one of his books would sell successfully under another byline It did of course but with a thriller like this that should hardly come as a surprise

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Of bare ground and double barbed wire fences patrolled by armed guards with dogs separated Mordon Research Centre from th. Okay so it's not one of Mr MacLean's stronger novels but it works It works Yes it's what would now be known as a mashup with all the attending flaws of those books It crosses into different genres Detective mystery espionage and thriller and as a result is a bit muddled at times I've read that with this novel which MacLean originally wrote under the pen name Ian Stuart he was trying to see if he could write a hard boiled detective novel For whatever reason he decided to write under an alias Approximately a third of the way through the book Alistair MacLean emerges and the book steers back into his territoryEspionage double crosses also triple red herrings and thrills and chills It's not a bad novel Like I said earlier it works Take it to the beach Take it to the pool so you have something to do when the kids are splashing around It will burn the time What can you ask for from this type of novel I've read it a couple times now Oh and I hope I'm not giving anything away here but the bad guys don't get away with it the damsel is rescued and the world is savedMade into a movie by Hollywood in 1965 The story is moved to the desert of Southern California but is fairly faithful to the source material otherwise The movie was directed by the always dependable John Sturges who would follow up with the movie adaptation of Ice Station Zebra in 1968 It's worth a look The Killing Of Katie Steelstock patrolled by armed guards with dogs separated Mordon Research Centre from th. Okay so it's not one of Mr MacLean's stronger novels but it works It works Yes it's what would now be known as a mashup with all the attending flaws of those books It crosses into different genres Detective mystery espionage and thriller and as a result is a bit muddled at times I've read that with this novel which MacLean originally wrote under the Birthday pen name Ian Stuart he was trying to see if he could write a hard boiled detective novel For whatever reason he decided to write under an alias Approximately a third of the way through the book Alistair MacLean emerges and the book steers back into his territoryEspionage double crosses also triple red herrings and thrills and chills It's not a bad novel Like I said earlier it works Take it to the beach Take it to the Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything pool so you have something to do when the kids are splashing around It will burn the time What can you ask for from this type of novel I've read it a couple times now Oh and I hope I'm not giving anything away here but the bad guys don't get away with it the damsel is rescued and the world is savedMade into a movie by Hollywood in 1965 The story is moved to the desert of Southern California but is fairly faithful to the source material otherwise The movie was directed by the always dependable John Sturges who would follow up with the movie adaptation of Ice Station Zebra in 1968 It's worth a look

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