ALISTAIR MACLEAN THE DARK CRUSADER PDF

In this gripping spy thriller, British physicist turned secret agent John Bentall tells his tale. It is an interesting choice of names. And if John Bentall shares the same initials as the more famous Ian Fleming secret agent, it would seem a mere coincidence; this agent is not nearly as smooth an operator, although, as events prove, just as ruthless. It seems that his superior, Col. Raine, "a small dusty man in a small dusty room," had recently given Bentall a particularly nasty asssignment.

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In this gripping spy thriller, British physicist turned secret agent John Bentall tells his tale. It is an interesting choice of names. And if John Bentall shares the same initials as the more famous Ian Fleming secret agent, it would seem a mere coincidence; this agent is not nearly as smooth an operator, although, as events prove, just as ruthless.

It seems that his superior, Col. Raine, "a small dusty man in a small dusty room," had recently given Bentall a particularly nasty asssignment. Eight scientists, along with their wives, had responded to newspaper advertisements for research positions in New Zealand and Australia, and all had disappeared without a trace while en route.

The book is admirably and complexly plotted some might say overly plotted , and the reader is given just enough rocket science to become impressed without getting bogged down with too much scientific gobbledygook. Bentall, our narrator, turns out to be an extremely likable guide, both ordinary and self-deprecating no one criticizes him more than himself for the many gaffes and blunders that he makes during the course of the affair yet at the same time relentless, ruthless and remarkably intelligent.

He is also, at times, quite humorous, such as when he describes Marie as having an "hour-and-a-half-glass figure," and when, after describing the brutish, hulking Hewell, he adds "He would have had a terrible time making the romantic lead in a musical comedy"! What a terrific film "The Black Shrike" would make! As Col. I have heard some strange tales in this office, but And speaking of which, I am so glad that I finally dusted off this book and gave it a read! It cannot be had for 95 cents anymore, but the current in-print edition, from Sterling, would surely be a worthwhile investment

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Plot[ edit ] Eight top-level scientists and their wives disappear after responding to newspaper advertisements for specialists in different areas of modern technology, so when a ninth advertisement appears, Agent John Bentall is recalled to London from a mission in Turkey by his superior, Colonel Raine. The advertisements offered high rates of pay to applicants who were married, had no children and were prepared for immediate travel. Bentall, a physicist who specialized in solid rocket fuels and is presently working for the British government on counter espionage , is paired with Marie Hopeman, a secret agent posted in the same job as Bentall in Turkey, assigned to pose as his wife. All eight scientists had disappeared in Australia or en route there, and Bentall and Hopeman find themselves kidnapped at a hotel in Fiji.

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