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Alistair MacLean's Death Train (UNACO)

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Three agents from the United Nations Anti-Crime Organization had a mind-boggling mission: to find out who stole six kegs of plutonium from a European train. But that wasn't the end of the case. It turned out that only five kegs contained plutonium. The sixth held something even worse. Just as John Gardner has continued the work of Ian Fleming, Alastair MacNeill now maintai ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 28th 1989 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1988)
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Thomas Strömquist
My advice is to read all the books MacLean finished himself first (yes, even the poor ones) and then watch the TV movie off this (no, it's not so good either, but it's got Chris Lee and Pierce Brosnan). If you still haven't had enough it's time to read this book.
Brian Wilson
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Death Train, is a far-fetched thriller― a train journey far from smooth, as villains set out to deliver a dangerous wagon load while a team from UNACO – an international police force, set out to stop them. Written after the death of Alistair Maclean and contrary to the large misleading print on the cover, this was a novel written by an Alastair MacNeil (set out in small print). The plot though is based on an Alistair Maclean’s story line and could have been a best seller, but needed Maclean’s ex ...more
Scott Holstad
May 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Bad. Stupid. Dumb. Poorly conceived and poorly written. It started off rather clumsily, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and continue. And at times I was glad I did. At other times, I wanted to chew my own head off. I can't believe I finished this trash. Alistair MacLean was a master. Alastair MacNeill is an imbecile. I don't know how much of the book MacLean had written at the time of his death, but I'm willing to bet MacNeill wrote about 95%+ of this. MacLean couldn't possibly ...more
Raghabendra
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superfast!
Paige Kuether
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller, loved the characters
Linda Johnson
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
didn't finish - written in 1989 a slow moving story
Jc
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have known about the MacNeill completions of MacLean plots since they first arrived on the shelves in the late 1980s. I avoided reading them as I knew they couldn't measure up to MacLean at his best. Of course, a few of MacLean's last 10 novels were not up to par with his such classics as Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, or HMS Ulysses themselves. But still, the great storyteller was gone, so I found it depressing that someone else was trying to fill his shoes. But, I have long hungered fo ...more
Henri Moreaux
A freight train running across Europe (in the late 80s), stolen nuclear material, terrorists attempting to get it out of continental Europe whilst the UN law enforcement branch tries to stop them... sounds pretty good huh.... well it's okay.

This is the first post mortem book of Alistair Maclean's - meaning he wrote the outline of the story and the actual story was filled in by Alastair MacNeill. So whilst it read of reads like a Maclean book there's something you can't quite put your finger on t
...more
Bob
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
This 1988 Alistair MacLean's paper back deals with a clandestine UN organization that address illegal and dangerous situations around the world. In this case its the shipment of stolen plutonium that the agents are tracking as it travels by train across Europe while also trying to find and apprehend the parties doing he shipping.
Steve
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
The movie was much better than the book. The movies named was originally "Death Train" but was changed to "Detinator". MacLean died while writing this book. It was completed by his understudy. I think that is why we lose that Alistair MacLean flavor in the book.
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