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When Eight Bells Toll is a 1971 action film directed by Étienne Périer and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, and Nathalie Delon.

When Eight Bells Toll is a 1971 action film directed by Étienne Périer and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, and Nathalie Delon. Set in Scotland, it is based upon Scottish author Alistair MacLean's 1965 novel of the same name. Producer Elliott Kastner planned to produce a string of realistic gritty espionage thrillers to rival the James Bond series, but the film's poor box office receipts ended his plans.

Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy. The Lonely Sea (stories). An Imprint of Sterling Publishing. 387 Park Avenue South. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster.

When Eight Bells Toll is a first-person narrative novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean and published in 1966

When Eight Bells Toll is a first-person narrative novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean and published in 1966. It marked MacLean's return after a three-year gap, following the publication of Ice Station Zebra (1963), during which time he had run several restaurants. When Eight Bells Toll combines the genres of spy novel and detective novel. MacLean calls on his own Scottish background to authentically portray the rugged weather, people and terrain of western Scotland.

1966 When Eight Bells Toll – British Treasury secret agent Philip Calvert defeats a gang who have been hijacking ships carrying bullion off the Scottish coast. 1967 Where Eagles Dare 1968 Force 10 From Navarone 1969 Puppet on a Chain – interpol agent Paul Sherman battles a sadistic heroin-smuggling gang in Amsterdam. Nice to read your thoughts about MacLean and his works. By the way: many more than half a dozen or so of his books became movies.

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When Eight Bells Toll" is a first-rate crime drama by famed story-teller Alistair Maclean. This book is highly recommended to fans of Alistair Maclean's work and to others looking for a enjoyable reading experience. 5 people found this helpful. Calvert is a highly experienced agent who may be in over his head in this tense tale, attempting to parse a plot obscured by cover stories, lies, kidnapping, murder, and treachery.

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Kelerana
As is true of many of MacLean’s thrillers this book stands the test of time.
This is one of my favorites by MacLean, chiefly due to the snarky irreverent narration by the Hero Phillip Calvert. Something that is sadly missing from the movie supposedly based on the book of the same name, staring Anthony HopkinsAll Our Tomorrows: The Handfasting - Vol 3 (Volume 3).
The book is chock full of plots, counter plots and red herrings leading to a final encounter in the boat house below Kirksides castle.
As always in a MacLean thriller, good triumphs over evil. Though as Uncle Arthur says, angels probably wouldn’t claim ownership of the agent who achieves the ending.
Deorro
"When Eight Bells Toll" is a first-rate crime drama by Alistair MacLean, featuring a wily British treasury agent up against a group of ruthless ship hijackers working out of the remote and lonely sea lochs of the West Highlands of Scotland. Its plot offers murder, intrigue, betrayal, adventure and even a little humor. Its hero, Philip Calvert is a typical MacLean hero, an experienced and world-weary operative with a stubborn moral core and a surprising capacity for taking and inflicting punishment.

As the story begins, Calvert slips aboard a hijacked freighter, where he finds a murdered fellow operative and the murderous gang that he is seeking. In an exciting sequence, Calvert barely escapes the ship with his life, knowing he will be pursued by the gang. Calvert will spend the rest of the story playing a high-stakes cat and mouse game with his opponents, with millions in gold, many lives, and Calvert himself at risk. The action and suspense build steadily to a tense final confrontation on a remote Scottish island.

"When Eight Bells Toll" has a complicated plot. MacLean will save its exposition until nearly the end of the novel, leaving plenty of room for the armchair detective to sort it out. Unusually, MacLean provides a love story for his protagonist. Also, the author takes advantage of his youth in the Scottish Highlands to portray and populate an authentic setting for his novel; his characterizations are one of the most enjoyable elements of the story. The action sequences are quite good and fairly crackle with suspense. MacLean's first person delivery allows for some wonderfully sardonic humor, frequently at his hero's expense; highly recommended.
blac wolf
I love anything Alistair MacLean. This book doesn't disappoint, it's got the sardonic hero, the bizarre plot twists, and the impossible odds for which MacLean's novels are noted. What more could you ask?

You could ask that the publisher hire a proofreader. It doesn't have to be a professional; any tenth grader who can get a C in remedial english should be able to pick out all the flaws that are introduced by scan-to-text readers or by poor quality Kindle editing software (wow, does that sounds like a MacLean hero or what?). I'm happy the book isn't expensive, but you can guess that the publisher's expense on this book was next to zero.
invasion
Suspense. lots of deaths and murders. Eccentric characters. Great humor. Sorry Alistair is gone but his talent slipped significantly in his later works. This one, though, I've read many times with great pleasure.
Dead Samurai
"When Eight Bells Toll" is a first-rate crime drama by famed story-teller Alistair Maclean. The story is built around the pursuit by British Treasury agent Philip Calvert of a murderous gang of maritime bullion hijackers operating out of the rugged coastline of Western Scotland.

Calvert is a highly experienced agent who may be in over his head in this tense tale, attempting to parse a plot obscured by cover stories, lies, kidnapping, murder, and treachery. The plot includes a wealthy shipping magnate, his former actress wife, a group of very ruthless killers, and various inhabitants of the West Highlands whose cooperation has been coerced or bought. When Calvert's cover is blown early on, he is forced into a desperate race against time to locate the hijackers before they can kill their hostages and escape. His search by air and sea takes him over the remote isles and sea lochs and forces him to make allies of some unlikely locals. The double-crosses continue to the very last page.

Maclean's gift for understated and ironic dialogue, bothin which Calvert faces an opponent armed with a Colt .45 revolver in the cabin of a ship he has just stealthily boarded. The scene sets a sardonic tone for the remainder of the story. Calvert is a typical Maclean hero, world-weary and sometimes cynical, yet ultimately honorable, who must battle bureaucracy as well as the bad guys to solve the crime.

Maclean was born and raised in Scotland, and spent part of his childhood in the Highlands. Maclean brings that experience richly to bear in capturing the setting and characters of "When Eight Bells Toll". The rugged weather and terrain of Western Scotland are authentically portrayed, as are the ways of the West Highlanders themselves.

The plot becomes almost too complicated to follow at times. MacLean resorts to some brute force exposition late in the story to ensure his readers are still with him at the showdown climax in a boathouse on a remote island. A love story involving Calvert and one of the suspects seems forced and perhaps a little too convenient to the conclusion. On the other hand, MacLean was a highly polished writer by this stage of his career and portions of the book fairly crackle with suspense.

This book is highly recommended to fans of Alistair Maclean's work and to others looking for a enjoyable reading experience.
I_LOVE_228
I've been reading his books since mid '60. What a pleasure it has been to discover they are Kindle. Rereading is very rewarding after many years. I carried these novels to sea with me while in the submarine service.
nadness
Alistair MacLean was one of the best storytellers ever. All his books are fast paced, easy to read, very suspenseful and they leave you with a strong desire to read more of his books and adventures. He n makes you feel part of his stories. I have reread all his books many times and they never fail to thrill me and make me want to read them yet again.
When Eight Bells Toll download epub
Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Alistair Maclean
ISBN: 0449238938
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Language: English
Publisher: Fawcett (April 12, 1981)