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Book Title: The Way to Dusty Death.|
Date of issue: August 1973
ISBN 13: 9780385065191
The author of the book: Alistair MacLean
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.95 MB
Read full description of the books The Way to Dusty Death.:A fairly diverting thriller for fans of auto racing. The story begins with world-famous Formula 1 driver Johnny Harlow being involved in a fiery, horrific crash that claims the life of a fellow driver and cripples the daughter of his team's owner when she is hit by flying debris. Rumours then start flying that Harlow has lost his nerve -- he's seen drinking to excess when before he would never touch alcohol, he spends more time alone and is just generally unpleasant. He is also convinced that there is some more sinister explanation for the accident and for some of the other unusual occurrences that have been happening on the track. But is this just bravado or paranoia on his part, or is it true?
For the first half of the book the reader constantly changes their opinion of Johnny. One page he's a drunken idiot and not deserving of sympathy, then the next he is very much put-upon and deserves to succeed. Very much an anti-hero. But once the second half really gets into gear (sorry! all car-related puns in this review will likely be intended), he becomes more of a cartoon action hero type. Not that there's anything necessarily wrong with that, and indeed it's a lot of fun if you like that sort of thing. At least he does stuff, which is more than I can say for the owner's daughter, Mary, who spends the entire book crying and saying "Oh, Johnny!" She added very little to the book and I would have been far happier had she been written out entirely.
The best parts of the book were the technical descriptions of the cars (especially in that crash at the beginning, horrific as it was), the sheer craziness of the hijinks at the end, and MacLean's characteristic dry-witted, clever narration. Recommended more for F1 fans who also happen to like MacLean's work and have tried something else by him already.
Read information about the authorAlistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain), 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; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea. After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster. In 1983, he was awarded a D. Litt. from the same university.
Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre. Many of his titles have been adapted for film - The Guns of the Navarone, The Satan Bug, Force Ten from Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Bear Island are among the most famous.
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