This book was all right. Just not one of my favorites.
In the last desperate hours of Hitler's Reich, two SS officers plot to escape to South America with a fortune in stolen loot. But only one succeeds.
He builds a multimillion dollar empire in Brazil, and no one knows of his Nazi past...except a stranger named Hamilton-a stranger whose wife the German had killed.
check any of the writers of adventure and suspense and they will state that Alistair Maclean is unparalled in his field. To this day I have not read an author that can make the pages jump to his tune. The true master of plot twist. The clues are always there.
When I picked this book up, the name Alistair MacLean did not mean anything to me. Reading it reminded me some of a movie I had seen called "Breakheart Pass", and soon learned that MacLean wrote it as well.
This book came out near the time "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" was released. I could easily picture Harrison Ford as John Hamilton.
I've read the other reviews, commenting on the decline of Maclean since either '71 or '73, depending on the reviewer. I could definitely tell a weakness in his endings. The blurb on the back of this book gave away the ending, but it is better than the endings of "Partisans" and "Floodgate". I will admit, though, that most of what I've read of MacLean was his post '73 works (the exceptions being "The Guns Of Navarone" and "Where Eagles Dare", and seeing the movie "Ice Station Zebra"). If his weaker stuff made me a die-hard fan, I can't wait to read his older works!
AMAZON.COM READER'S REVIEW
Intrigue, murder, betrayal, nightmare living - the usual Alistair MacLean type of novel. Two of Hitler's SS officers plot to escape from the falling Reich and take their particular brand of despicableness to South America. Desparate men, beautiful women, and one man who can save the earth, for a while.
Excellent book very interesting