The Tightrope Men
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The Tightrope Men

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  434 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Giles Denison's life is turned upside down when he awakes to find himself in a luxurious hotel in Oslo and, peering into the bathroom mirror, discovers the face of another man! He has been kidnapped from his flat in London and transformed into famous Finnish scientist, Dr Harold Feltham Meyrick. Compelled to adjust to his new persona (including meeting his daughter) and to...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published 1974 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published 1973)
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Dipanjan
The plot, in the age of modern espionage, is outdated. Having said so, even then this is a pretty plain jane thriller. It starts off with cool opening, but fails to capitalise on it. It does not have any OMG moments. It's just a linear story which is lost somewhere between an adventure and espionage. The protagonist is not that strong and the adversaries are close to non-existent. The last bit can be defined as a bit "realistic" in the decisions made in the higher levels of espionage wherein a f...more
J.T.
A good espionage thriller, propulsive and engaging, and a kind of a prototype for the film Face/Off. Quick easy read, but with little lasting impact.
Troy
Listened to 7 hours, got a little lost in the end and gave up. Plot and characters not enough to keep me interested.
Kitta Pálsdóttir
Í minningunni var hún sennilega enn betri. En góður þráður og spennandi hvernig allt þróaðist.
Libbeth
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Giles Denison's life is turned upside down when he awakes to find himself in a luxurious hotel in Oslo and, peering into the bathroom mirror, discovers the face of another man! He has been kidnapped from his flat in London and transformed into famous Finnish scientist, Dr Harold Feltham Meyrick. Compelled to adjust to his new persona (including meeting his daughter) and to play out the role assigned to him by his captors, he embarks on a dangerous escapade from...more
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
Why I loved this book, it reminded me of Faceoff. The legendary movie that had, Nicholas Cage and John Travolta. Anyway this novel had me turning the pages so fast just to know what would happen next. Desmond Bagley is amongst the best thrillers writers of his time and am glad I got to read one of his books.
Nagesh Kumar C S
Spellbinding..thrilling ride all the way..a kind of new take on impersonation and Amnesia...Kept me turning pages till there were no more...Bagley is a master, no doubt
Eva
I read this book in junior high and the title alone has stuck with me all these years. I think it's worth a re-read.
Simon Mendoza
can't say i understood what was going on but it had enough of a plot to keep me going til the end
Tim Diacon
Classic old school thriller although I preferred The Freedom Trap also by Bagley
Charles
This IMHO is the best of Bagley's books. I love the concept and the execution.
Ben
Fantastic storyline seems way ahead of its time .
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Desmond Bagley was a British journalist and novelist principally known for a series of best-selling thrillers. Along with fellow British writers such as Hammond Innes and Alistair MacLean, Bagley established the basic conventions of the genre: a tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary hero pitted against villains determined to sow destruction and chaos in order to advance their agenda.

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