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This one is set in on a steam train travelling across the Rockies in the deep west of USA. Brsakheart Joe Valachi is a marked man in the same joint where mob boss Don Vito Genovese is imprisoned and he’s forced to co-operate with the DA in exchange for protection. I enjoyed this one far more than any of these probably because I particularly like historic novels based in the 19th Century.

Great Book — no wonder they made a movie out of it. We also get exchanges like this: Something is amiss, someone is not what they seem, and MacLean is such a master of plot that you can’t figure out how it’s going to end. Estleman 6 Madigan 7 Magnum P. Use the HTML below. Where was the brakeman at the back of the train? Use of alistalr is for historical and entertainment purposes only, and is not meant to establish ownership of such materials.


Rap Sheet logo by David Middleton. Jul 22, Stacy rated it liked it. First edition cover UK. Vroeger was ik een groot fan van Alistair MacLean vooral de eerste boekendus deze heb ik herlezen. Delivered by FeedBurner Subscribe in a Reader.


The train is carrying troops, a doctor, priest, colonel, governor and his niece, and are joined by a lawman and his prisoner. It deals with a motley crew of slistair gun-runners, US Army soldiers and Paiute Indians, rather than his normal array of spies, soldiers and other evildoers. I haven’t read a “good western” for many years but this is a very good story.

Add the first question. Just after the Civil War, an Army relief train speeds to a fort in Indian territory which is reportedly in the midst of a cholera epidemic. This happens to be my first one on the Wild West and I must say it leaves me intrigued. On its journey, there will be murders, conspiracies, sabotage, ambushes, rooftop fights, and Indians seeking revenge. Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre.

But even in the fort, things aren’t what they appear to be. Your grandfather was an Argosy reader? Henry assumed an air of injured patience which sat well on his lugubrious countenance. Apr 08, Laura Verret rated it really liked it Shelves: The characters are all well described and you can easily picture them in your head, always a good sign.

The story starts with a troop train traveling through the Rocky Mountains in the winter of with a destination of a remote Army outpost in Nevada that is supposedly plagued with cholera. It’s a good story, but the quality of the writing is abominable. One of those rare cases where the film surpasses the source maflean. There seemed to be no main character for quite a while.


: Breakheart Pass (): Alistair Maclean: Books

Travelling along it is a macleean troop train, bound for the cholera-stricken garrison at Fort Humboldt. Learn how your comment data is processed. This Fort Humboldt is fictional and has no connection with the Fort Humboldt State National Park in California, to which a link was wrongly incorporated into this article previously.

It is as if he has lost confidence in himself as a writer.


But it is the real thing. I recommend it if you’re looking for a light western adventure. Keeps you wondering who is the breakheary hero until the last few chapters.

Write a customer review. My introduction to Scottish author Alistair MacLean came in high school, when one of my English teachers assigned us all to read The Guns of Navaronea thriller centered around the efforts of a specialist team of Allied commandos, during World War II, to silence the notorious weaponry at a German fortress in the Aegean Sea.

Like burglars who secretly wish to be caught, we leave our fingerprints on broken locks, our voiceprints in bugged rooms, our footprints in the wet concrete.