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by Alistair MacLean


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First published in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1958.

First published in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co.

Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy.

Only 12 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by RAREWAVES-IMPORTS. Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster.

South by Java Head Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1981. by Alistair Maclean (Author).

South by Java Head is the third novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, and was first published in 1958. MacLean's personal experiences in the Royal Navy during World War II provided part of the basis for the story

South by Java Head is the third novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, and was first published in 1958. MacLean's personal experiences in the Royal Navy during World War II provided part of the basis for the story. The story is set in February 1942, in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Singapore

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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, South by Java Head offers readers a long-denied chance to enjoy one of the greatest war novels ever written. External metadata update. 2019-03-23T07:13:15Z. 02 South By Java Head. 04 South By Java Head.

Every building, every office-block and house, the intact and the bomb-shattered alike, was invested by it, swathed in the dark anonymity of its gently swirling cocoon. y dock-side basin was full of it, drowned by it. It lay everywhere, sulphurous and evil, scarcely moving in the soft airs of the tropical night.

South by Java Head book. See a Problem? We’d love your help. 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. Thriller & Crime. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Alistair Stuart MacLean (28 April 1922 - 2 February 1987; Scottish Gaelic: "Alasdair MacGill-Eain") was a Scottish novelist who wrote .

Alistair Stuart MacLean (28 April 1922 - 2 February 1987; Scottish Gaelic: "Alasdair MacGill-Eain") was a Scottish novelist who wrote successful thrillers or adventure stories, the best known of which are perhaps "The Guns of Navarone" and "Where Eagles Dare", both having been made into successful films.

Java is the worst early MacLean book, the one where all the elements are on display but not arranged correctly. The first 22 Alistair MacLean novels. Third person narrator

Java is the worst early MacLean book, the one where all the elements are on display but not arranged correctly. There is a thread of sorts – all along Farnholme has been smuggling secret Japanese war plans – but it is not enough to justify the relentless series of ordeals and escapades the characters are put through. In the later books there will be several adjustments & improvements: the suffering which MacLean excels at describing will be better justified by the plot. the plot itself will. Third person narrator. 1955 HMS Ulysses – war story about a doomed Arctic convoy.

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This is the 50th anniversary edition of a bestselling WW2 adventure thriller written in 1968. A disparate group of people escape by sea from Singapore hours before it surrenders and is relentlessly pursued by Imperial Japanese forces. This is basically a good story with plenty of twists and turns, but it does have some flaws. It’s drawn out and slow moving through to the middle but then it picks up at about the 60% point. It’s a bit clunky at times and despite the author’s tendency to be overly descriptive some things are not clearly explained. I also did not care for the manner in which it ended. Throughout the book this bad luck group encounters one problem after another all of which are talked about extensively. Then, their luck turns and they are finally making good on their escape. You would think this too would be covered in detail, but It wasn’t; the story just ends abruptly leaving some unanswered questions. All in all though I did find it entertaining. Three stars.
Erienan
Nobody does it better. I read all MacLean's books in the '70s as a teen and am rediscovering them now. Middleage memory loss notwithstanding, these books are as fresh, entertaining and relevant now as ever. It is with pure joy that I mine my way through them all once again. I take each book slowly, savor it like a fine wine. I often read a paragraph over and again, just to let the detail, word choice and subtleties sink in.

South by Java Head is as good as any book he's written. And frankly, I'm exhausted after spending weeks steaming and hiding from Japanese subs and aircraft, days cast adrift in a small lifeboat, and hours face to face with an evil and determined enemy.

There just is not a contemporary author that thrills me the way MacLean did and still does. I would go on, but it's time to start the next one.
Varshav
Quite enjoyed this part sea faring adventure set during the second world war. A hand full of "survivors" battle insurmountable odds against the might of the Japanese when fleeing the fall of Singapore.

I enjoyed trying to second guess the motives of many of the characters and was never quite sure who might very well turn out to be the "bad guy". The author did a excellent job of keeping the tension ratcheted throughout.

My only negatives that I felt detracted from a rollicking good yarn were the stereotyping of some of the characters. I did feel that the novel itself fell away towards the end and quite defied belief. The delivery of the story wasn't always quite as smooth as I would have liked,i.e when they left the island, one minute they were preparing to depart and the next paragraph they were in the water and setting sail for safety. It seemed to be a "jumpy" delivery in parts.

Regardless, I did enjoy the novel and felt that for an action filled novel you really can't go past MacLean in this genre.
Gosar
classic old-school thriller... and better than 99% of what's available in the same genre in kindle unlimited. i agree with other reviewers that some of it is a little far-fetched. i dis-agree that the ending was too abrupt... that's like complaining that the food wasn't very good, and such small portions! the depth of characterizations achieved so quickly makes you care about the characters... more so than, for example, than in the later jack higgins books. if you like maclean, check out desmond bagels, as well. maclean thought highly of him.
Akisame
One of MacLean's early classic tales of thrilling adventure. I often compare this book to Douglas Reeman's The Pride and the Anguish since they are both concerned with refugees desperately trying to escape the disastrous collapse of Singapore in the second world war. MacLean adds a few extra complications to this mix such as secret agents and a ruthless and untrustworthy ship's crew, among other treachery. It's also a good sea yarn as another tanker tries to escape from the Dutch East Indies as the Japanese close the ring. MacLean is not a writer of Literature, thank goodness. He writes excellent adventurous thrillers to entertain us. I appreciate his efforts!
Roram
One of Maclean's best efforts filled with suspense and travel through exotic locales at the height of World War II

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HappyLove
I love Alistair Maclean's stories. This is not his best, but it's still pretty good. The denouement on this one is very good, but it takes a long time to set things up. Still very readable and good to have, but I prefer the Satan Bug, Circus, and Road to Dusty Death, not to mention that ones that have been made into films like Ice Station Zebra, Guns of Navarone, and Where Eagles Dare...
Maclean was a master of the tale from the sea. Action, adventure, espionage and mystery are the key elements of the book. Good character development and a believable and taught plot.
South by Java Head download epub
Action & Adventure
Author: Alistair MacLean
ISBN: 0006165877
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Language: English
Publisher: Fontana; First Edition edition (1961)
Pages: 253 pages