Caravan to Vaccares Author:Alistair MacLean It seemed an idyllic tourist setting in the small town in the Southeast corner of France where Neil Bowman had come to await the arrival of the gypsies. Each year for centuries the gathering of those mysterious people from as far away as Transylvanis and the shores of the Black sea had added an extra splash of color and excitement to the local c... more »ountryside, as they came to venerate the relics of their ancient saint.
This time however the annual pilgrimage concealed something far more sinister, bristling with violence and danger, as Bowman soon discovered when his curiosity led to a nearly fatal encounter in the grim limestone caves ouside of town.
Almost before he knew it he was on the run; the only question was who was pursuing whom:
the gypsies, or Bowman and the attractive young English girl he had taken with him?« less
I read MacLean's books years ago and was awed by his writing skill. I read this one again recently and still find it wonderfully exciting. The French countryside, Gypsy environment is exotic and the plot twist at the end is a surprise. The action never stops!