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Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean
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Oct 09, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: britain-and-ireland, spy-fiction, 1960s, reviewed

Not perfect, but has aged much better than Ian Fleming's novels about James Bond and stands heads and shoulders above most modern spy thriller books that's for certain. (Tom Clancy and his ilk) The characters are pretty well-defined with distinctive personalities even though not many words are spent on their characterization, the plot actually takes its time to build up logically and the prose can occasionally get quite beautiful when describing the Arctic landscape.

Speaking of that: It's also at least as much a wilderness survival story as a spy novel, and I didn't mind that. The Arctic almost comes alive and becomes a character in the book, being a more memorable antagonist than the Soviet spies.
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