Athabasca by Alistair MacLean – book cover, description, publication history. Industrial sabotage in the Alaskan oil fields allows MacLean (Force 10 from Navarone, Ice Station Zebra) a ton of background padding—which. The nail-biting tale of sabotage set in the desolate frozen wastes of two ice- bound oil fields, from the acclaimed master of action and GE! THE.

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There was a problem adding your email address. Someone is sabotaging the Alaska Pipeline and the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta. The book flows unevenly, and concludes with a parlour denucement that would have pleased Hercule Poirot.

Scratch that – is there a whodunit plot complete with attempted murders? Most MacLean books have a strong central charcter who is in control, usually violent, and lacking depth.

Sep 17, Cactuskid rated it it was ok. Macldan first read Athabasca in hardcover when it was published in Athabasac resourceful duo – Check. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

A decent enough late MacLean thriller, took a little bit to get going. I realize I’m reading a novel with eyes, but these cultural elements have not aged well. No trivia or quizzes yet.


He introduces a plethora of characters, many of them minor. Refresh and try again. The main characters are a trio of oil-field sabotage investigators who are called in to deal with threats of sabotage to tar maclewn oil fields near Fort MacMurray, Alberta and to a pipeline which carries oil to Alaska. I found it difficult to keep all of them straight.


True, when Brady surveys incredibly gigantic mobile diggers and miles of unprotected conveyor belting from the digs to the refinery, he feels the security task is impossible.

Athabasca by Alistair MacLean provided entertainment for me while we were storm stayed in beautiful Beckley, West Virginia, during the Blizzard of ‘ Mar 18, Kenny rated it really liked it. This book had amusing characters and a lot of twists and turns. A spark of interest for me was added to the formula in that it’s set very close to home Albertaaltho’ i the alien world of oil production, as transmuted by MacLean’s never-never-land imagination. This book was written long beforewhen the world had a different take on security and threat levels to key resources such as the oil supply coming from these locations in North America.

Sep 11, Alistaire King rated it really liked it. Twist akhir ‘siapa dalangnya’ pun jelas tertebak sejak setengah jalan. And MacLean does make you feel how cold Arctic oilfields can be. I only decided to read it because I was there last year rafting the river and padding across whats left of the glacier and I remember is work fondly. After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster. Latar belakang industri perminyakan besar sebenarnya menarik perhatian, namun kmdn, konjungsinya untuk mengadu dombakan industri tsb dgn OPEC jelas terlalu keblabasan menurutku.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It starts slow, only raises the pulse once and dribbles away with a lame joke about an unlikely romance. Jul 24, spike marlin rated it it was ok. When the operations manager of an oil company operating in Prudhoe Bay in Alaska receives a mysterious anonymous threat of sabotage, his superiors call in Jim Brady Enterprisesa firm of oilfield specialists.


Then the operations manager is murdered and one of the pump stations in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline is damaged, with further loss of life.

Athabasca First edition UK. Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre. It’s what you would expect from MacLean, short and dated its nearly 35 years old. Feb 16, Grace rated it really liked it. Still compared to current word-processed bestsellers, it reads like an outline, there’s very little padding, it’s all story. Brady’s job is to tackle the oil companies’ security, which has been falling apart in bitter midwinter.

Enter a bunch of “oil sabotage investigators”, who come across like a bunch of retired CIA agents.

ATHABASCA by Alistair MacLean | Kirkus Reviews

Yah, alasan bahwa kisah ini dituliskan di era an mmg cukup masuk akal sih. Very one-plot and simple, but good. Views Read Edit View history. Wouldn’t you think that they could split the team in two?

It was a good mystery and a fast, suspenseful read.