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Force 10 from Navarone

(Guns of Navarone #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,404 ratings  ·  101 reviews
The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean’s masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. Now reissued in a new cover style.

The guns of Navarone have been silenced, but the heroic survivors have no time to rest on their laurels. Almost before the last echoes of the famous guns have died away, Keith Mallory, Andrea and Dusty Miller are parachuting into war-tor
Paperback, Movie Tie-In, 325 pages
Published October 1978 by Fontana (first published 1968)
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Eric Birk
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The movie was great... too bad it was nothing like the book, which was even better. The book starts with Mallory, Miller, and Andrea being picked up at an airfield in Greece. The movie has only Mallory and Miller being pulled out of the sea by the Royal Navy. The movie adds two Americans (Harrison Ford and Carl Weathers), which were not in the book. The movie also omits one of the most crucial characters in the book... Sgt. Reynolds. The rivalry/bickering between Miller and Reynolds in the book ...more
Benjamin Thomas
As far as I know, this is the only Alistair MacLean novel that is a sequel, a follow-on to The Guns of Navarone. But, strangely, it’s a sequel to the movie version of that novel rather than the novel itself and consequently a little bit confusing given the changes to the characters.

This book picks up immediately after the events of the first (movie version). And I do mean “immediately”. Perhaps 10 minutes have passed and the survivors of that first mission, (Captain Keith Mallory and Corporal D
I grew up reading Alistair MacLean, and think it's a shame he isn't more well known today - believe all his books are currently out of print, and there are none in the Northern Virginia library system.

That said, he hasn't aged as well as some of his contemporaries, (but then neither has Ian Fleming). He had a few really great books - mostly his war and Cold War books (HMS Ulysses, Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare) - and a bunch of real stinkers in his later career. But ove
Matt Raubenheimer
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The follow up to The Guns of Navarone follows up directly where the first novel left off. In fact, between the two novels they cover a period of just 7 days. Once again Mallory, Miller and Stavros are off on a deadly commando mission. This time the true nature of the mission is left fairly obscure until the final third. As a result I spent much of the middle section of the novel wondering where this was all going. However, when that final third kicks off, the thrills are non-stop as the novel ru ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Took me a while to really get into this book, but wow,a cracking read which follows on from The Guns of Navarone. Same characters, and MacLean's descriptive passages kept me on edge. Brilliant.
Christopher Taylor
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fine book by Alistair MacLean. Although fairly fast-paced (it takes place over about four days) its detailed enough to fill a book.

The team that just blew up the The Guns of Navarone (literally, they are just being pulled on to the ship) exhausted and battered from their efforts are sent on yet another mission. This time, they are tasked with diverting German forces from the front to Yugoslavia by saving partisans trapped in a valley.

The book is pretty standard MacLean with the strong Br
Richard Dominguez
A good story with lots of tense moments, brimming with action. I was enticed into reading the book after having seen the movie and as it often turns out the book was much better than the movie (not to say that the movie is not a good one).
A recommended read to all fans of action stories, especially war stories.
Bhavesh Kourani
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After a successful mission of Navarone, both Mallory and Miller, who were the main characters of the book , go to Island of Kheros to pick up Andrea , an another important , hulk-like character of the book, who was there to get married with Maria. But it didn’t lasted long and form there their Journey began where they flew towards the Termoli Airfield located in Italy to meet the Captain Jensen, who then briefed them about the mission and sent them to the Neretva to help the Partisans lead by Ge ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
By Alistair Maclean. #2 of the Navarone series. Grade: B+
The Guns of Navarone have been silenced. But the heroic survivors are form still. They are ready for action again – and are heading for even more excitement and danger. Their mission: to free an entire partisan army trapped in the rugged mountains of Yugoslavia. It begins with a parachute drop behind enemy lines and a deliberate walk into a German camp. Six men against the might of two armoured divisions. They couldn’t fight them. So they
Jeff J.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Great story, but a bit awkward in its attempt to shoehorn the plot into a sequel to The Guns of Navarone.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I finally managed to read “Force 10 from Navarone” by Alistair Maclean even though I had bought it long time back. This is a sequel to his other famous book “The Guns of Navarone”. The same characters Mallory, Miller and Andrea from earlier book are chosen to go on another mission just after they destroy Guns of Navarone. This time they are asked to get deep into Yugoslavia in a secret mission to help Yugoslav Partisans against Germans and Chetniks.

This mission is
Mandy Tanksley
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm a huge Harrison Ford fan so it's a wonder that I've never actually watched Force 10 From Navarone all the way through. I picked up the book a couple years ago, just getting around to reading it, because I'm one of 'those' people. You know, the ones who read the book because of the movie and vice versa as was the case with this book.

I must say that having not read (or even watched) Guns From Navarone didn't deter me in the least. After reading Force 10, I'm definitely going to hunt for Guns a
Huw Evans
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Having done deeds of derring-do on Navarone and exposed the enemy's informer, the team of crack mountaineer, explosives expert, silent killer and radio expert are looking forward to a well earned rest. But no, there is a crisis in the Balkans that only they can resolve and with the minimum of briefing they are dropped into the thick of it again.

I loved The Guns of Navarone (the book, not the film) and found it at exactly the right age. There were still heroes who were human, not super, and the G
Ross Armstrong
This is a terrific followup to the classic "The Guns Of Navarone". Our intrepid trio are barely off the island of Navarone before being whisked off to a new challenge. They are parachuted into war-torn Yugoslavia to save a group of partisans and complete a mission that is so secret, they cannot even tell their allies. Like the first story, the characters are really well developed and the story moves at a breathless pace to its very satisfying conclusion.
This has also been turned into a film, unf
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Liked this book, perhaps a little less than Guns of Navarone. That was a pretty straightforward story, this is so twisted that it seems like Alistair MacLean is trying to confuse you on purpose. This book was a lot more like the movie Where Eagles Dare (which I shall have to look for in book form to see how that is). Lots of twists and turns and secrets kept from the reader, and not a few of these put in perhaps just for the sake of being a twist and not really propelling the story any.

One other
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: his-fiction, military
It has been over ten years since I read MacLean's masterpiece, "The Guns of Navarone", but this novel picks up instantly after the events in that novel. Now, while I reflect upon it, "Guns" was one of my favorite war novels of all time. "Force 10" did not have the same intensity, and was at times hard to follow. The author intentionally keeps us in the dark about what the infamous Captain Mallory and his crew have to do, but he does it so often with so many twists, that I got bogged down early o ...more
A sequel to MacLean's earlier novel The Guns of Navarone, this book sees Mallory, Andrea and Miller forming a new commando team consisting of Royal Marines Reynolds, Groves and Sanders, and heading to war-torn Yugoslavia to help the partisan forces of General Vukalovic overcome the superior German armored forces, and also to rescue some British officers being held prisoner by the Germans. Along the way, the group meets a blind musician named Petar and his sister Maria, and find themselves up aga ...more
Loretta Gibson
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maclean
This book picks up right where Guns of Navarone leaves off, I mean they are not even off the boat and Jensen has another assignment for them. Front and center we still have Mallory, Andrea and Miller, plus additional characters, some good, some bad, MacLean uses them all to take us on a breathtaking journey into the rugged Yugoslavian mountains. One scene in the book is priceless,
Maria: "leave me," she said. "Please leave me."
"Out of the question,"Andrea said firmly. "Maria would never forgive
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a far cry from the movie of the same name, and that is no disrespect. Where the movie is an effortless, entertaining and character-driven war story, the book is an intelligent and suspenseful spy-novel. It is written thoughtfully and importantly, and has quite a few twists and turns in store for you, so stay on your toes for this one. With great attention to detail and a laundry list of events and characters to keep track of, this is a great read for "active readers", although peopl ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book extremely confusing the first time I read it because, silly me, I thought it was a sequel to "The Guns of Navarone" ... it's actually a sequel to the movie version of "Guns" and has characters from the film that never appeared in (or, in one bizarre case, had their gender changed!) the original novel. Even after eventually seeing the movie and then re-reading this book I still found this a very poor follow-up ... I really should get rid of my copy as bookcase space is too preciou ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished Force Ten after finishing The Guns of....

I have also seen both movies and as in most cases of book vs movie i do prefer the books. I also think the movies really missed by not staying as close to the books as they could have.

Force ten in particular.

Force 10 was an enjoyable read and it was nice to have the characters grow more. The story hs the main characters going to Yugoslavia to help with the partisans fight against the Germans.

The 'plot twist' that Maclean is know for is not as 'tw
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Doesn't resemble the 1970's film version all that much. I found the plot overly complex. I just couldn't believe they could be that lucky or that smart (or their intelligence was flawless.) And, the whole plot timing was just too close. I enjoyed it, but the author just went too far, I think. Not sure if our friends jumped the shark or not, but it is a question. I guess I've read too much history to take this seriously. Funny though, I keep going back to revisit these classics from my childhood, ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Ok, this book is based partly on the movie and NOT on the preceeding book. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying it anyway.

I was living in Greece when I found Guns of Navarone and then Force 10, so I really enjoyed the description of the countryside, the islands and the people.

A good read, and yes, if you get the chance, you should see the movie. It was actually a fairly decent job on the movie, unlike most, so I can give it a couple of thumbs up.

Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It threw me a bit off in the first couple of chapters, because I didn't know there had been changes made in the plot of guns of navarone in its movie which were adopted into this book.
Thank god, the changes were not very much relevant to the plot of this one.The story stelling is great. I was kind of cheering when the lancasters were bombing the plywood tanks, fooling Zimmermann and then when Petar unsheaths his gun from the guitar, he always carries.... just wow!! :D
Brian Turner
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Another action packed adventure from Alistair Maclean.
The sequel to The Guns of Navarone sees Mallory, Miller and Andrea packed straight off to Yugoslvia to rescue captured British troops and also help the Yugoslav forces pinned down by the Germans.

The action keeps moving all through the book, with secrets within secrets leading to suspicion and mistrust within the group.
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action follows straight on from "The Guns of Navarone". Mallory, Miller & Andrea barely have time to recover before they are sent off to Yugoslavia to try to assist the anti-German forces and force the Germans to either withdraw or commit more troops from Italy. An incredibly fast-paced story. I guessed/remembered a couple of the major plot twists, but it was a wonderfully engrossing read. ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun romp and a worthy successor to "The Guns of Navarone". As the novel reaches its climax, the mission team is separated and the narration comes in a burst of brief episodic sections that deftly ratchets up the pace of the action. A great example of controlling the pacing of a story through the structure of the narrative. A good read!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Alistair Maclean books. They are the best spy thrillers ever. This one is no different. It was great from beginning to the end. Mallory, Miller and Stravos are great characters. They were good in the Guns of Navarone and even better in Force 10. The book was full of surprises, twists and turns. I read this book 30 years ago and enjoyed it as much today and as back then.
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: novels
Another in the never ending bad sequels department.
After 'The Guns From Naverone' (both book and movie) knocked my socks off - I expected this one to be even better.
But the story lagged and the ending dissapointed and I actually stopped reading Maclean for a while because of it.
A. L. Sowards
This is a fantastic book--exciting, great characters. There is just the weird fact that this is a sequel to the movie "The Guns of Navarone" rather than the book by the same name. And there are some big differences between the movie and the book.
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