The Black Shrike Author:Alistair MacLean Bentall, a British physicist seconded for intelligence duties, is suddenly recalled to London from a mission involving the theft of information about British missiles. His boss has a new assignment for him that that involves partnering with a female agent, Marie Hopeman, and travel to the South Seas. Neither the female agent nor the travel are q... more »uite as they seem. The plot becomes even more complicated when Bentall and Hopeman finally arrive at the missile test range in the South Pacific and find themselves falling in love even as they try to unravel a plot to steal highly classified missile technology.« less
Back of Book says: Eight famous scientists answered the ad. Eight left England for Australia. Nove arrived or were heard from again. The ninth who answered was Bentall, complete with a scientific cover and a girl named Marie, a secret agent like himself. From the moment they were kidnapped at gunpoint from their Fiji hotel, they were plunged into a fantastic plot for word domination, played out on a secret missile site on a remote Polynesian island.
I say: Typical Maclean thriller - plenty of movement, gripping tension, an ingenious plot.