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Quiz about More Alistair MacLean Novels
Quiz about More Alistair MacLean Novels

More Alistair MacLean Novels Trivia Quiz


Alistair MacLean is one of my favourite authors. He wrote many thrillers before his death in 1987. In this quiz, all you have to do is match the mini-plot to the title.

A multiple-choice quiz by ozzz2002. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
ozzz2002
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
382,551
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. A trip to a remote island in the north Atlantic, with a film crew on board, ostensibly to make a movie. Crewmen poisoned by a deadly chemical called aconite. Almost every one of the film crew are being blackmailed for some reason or other. These are just some of the sub-plots in this very complicated story. What is the name of this book, written in 1971? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. A superb athlete tightrope-walking on an icy cable, into a Russian secret installation to rescue his family, oh, and also save the world from total annihilation. Throw in a few murders, a couple of kidnappings and a very attractive CIA agent and you have the plot of the novel released in 1975. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In 1970, Alastair MacLean published a novel about gypsy life, and deaths- lots of them! Throw in a very over-the-top aristocrat, gourmet, and all-round busybody with the impressive name of Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, who drives a very conspicuous Rolls Royce. Bullfights with killer bulls, Chinese arms-dealers- all are part of the many threads in this intriguing novel. Its title? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. A luxury cruise ship touring around the Caribbean is hijacked by pirates and is forced to accept some unexpected passengers and cargo, even a coffin! The baddies use the cruise ship to intercept another ship laden with gold. A missile called the Twister inspires terror. Which book? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The start of this novel tells of a cargo aircraft being shot down in the Gulf of Mexico. Jump forward a couple of years to a shootout and kidnapping in a courtroom, a rich businessman, and an oil-rig in the Gulf. Add in the theft of a small submarine, and you have most of the plot of one of my favourite MacLean books. Which one is it? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Our hero, Michael Reynolds, is trying to free a captured British scientist from the clutches of the Hungarian secret police. He has assistance from the Hungarian underground resistance, but still has to match wits with the formidable Colonel Szendr˘ and his henchman. Reynolds is drugged with mind-bending substances, indulges in hand-to-hand combat on top of a train, in a blizzard, has to be rescued from impossible situations, but still manages to get missile scientist, Harold Jennings, out of the country. What is the British title of this one? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In 1980, MacLean released a book set in US and Canadian oilfields. Pipelines were sabotaged, pumping stations were bombed and people were being murdered at regular intervals. Enter troubleshooters Dermott and Mackenzie, and their boss, Jim Brady, who are kept off-balance by the villains. With hundreds of miles of pipeline to protect, and millions of dollars of equipment, plus the oilmen themselves, their task seems hopeless. Which book, which shares the name of a real North American location, am I describing? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. A NATO ship is stationed in the Aegean Sea when a jet loaded with nuclear weapons crashes into the sea. Does the crash have any connection to the sinking of a millionaire's yacht, in the same area, just minutes later? Why does the US President call the ship's captain? This was Alistair MacLean's last novel- what was it called? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Amsterdam's main airport is flooded and a Northern Ireland terrorist group claims responsibility. Can undercover cop, Peter Van Effen, infiltrate the group and survive? Dykes being bombed, and fanatics holding the low-lying Netherlands to ransom. Name the novel! Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In a very brazen moment, the US President and a pair of Arab royal personages are kidnapped and held hostage. The asking price- $500 million! Also held captive are many journalists and FBI agents, with our hero Paul Revson posing as a cameraman. Messages and weapons are passed to and fro via an ambulance, and various other devious methods. The name of the book is the same as the location of most of the action, so what is the name of the book? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. A trip to a remote island in the north Atlantic, with a film crew on board, ostensibly to make a movie. Crewmen poisoned by a deadly chemical called aconite. Almost every one of the film crew are being blackmailed for some reason or other. These are just some of the sub-plots in this very complicated story. What is the name of this book, written in 1971?

Answer: Bear Island

I have read all the his novels many times, but this book, although enjoyable and very MacLean-esque, is not a real favourite.

The trip to Bear Island was allegedly to shoot background footage for a movie, but the cameras barely rolled. The 'doctor' on the cruise was not a doctor at all; he was a British Treasury official. The real reason for the voyage is revealed whilst all the bad guys are busy blackmailing each other- a fortune in WWII gold bars is stashed on the island.

Bear island is a real place- it is a barren island located 400 kms north of Norway, only inhabited by seabirds and animals.

'The Gulag Archipelago' was NOT a MacLean book, but was a novel by a Russian, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
2. A superb athlete tightrope-walking on an icy cable, into a Russian secret installation to rescue his family, oh, and also save the world from total annihilation. Throw in a few murders, a couple of kidnappings and a very attractive CIA agent and you have the plot of the novel released in 1975.

Answer: Circus

The circus was billed as the best circus in the world, and Bruno was the star performer. Besides being a magnificent trapeze artist, he was also acclaimed as a mentalist, with a photographic memory.

The circus was touring America when the CIA requested that they tour the USSR, as a cover for the vitally important mission.

Our hero, Bruno Wildermann, has to walk the tightrope, which is really a high-voltage cable, stretched 300 metres between a power station and the Lubylan prison. His family are being held captive there, but there is also a crazy communist who has possession of anti-matter, which is capable of wiping out all life on earth. Needless to say, the mission was a success, and the hero saved the world, and even won the girl!
3. In 1970, Alastair MacLean published a novel about gypsy life, and deaths- lots of them! Throw in a very over-the-top aristocrat, gourmet, and all-round busybody with the impressive name of Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, who drives a very conspicuous Rolls Royce. Bullfights with killer bulls, Chinese arms-dealers- all are part of the many threads in this intriguing novel. Its title?

Answer: Caravan to Vaccares

Neil Bowman is a British agent who gets caught up in the web. He uncovers more than he should, and ends up in a bullring with a huge bull, with specially sharpened horns. He manages to survive that nasty ordeal, and several others. The ending is a real surprise, and I will not spoil it for you- read the book!

'Time of the Assassins' is a book released after MacLean's death, but based on an outline he wrote; it was authored by Alastair MacNeill, a fellow Scot.
4. A luxury cruise ship touring around the Caribbean is hijacked by pirates and is forced to accept some unexpected passengers and cargo, even a coffin! The baddies use the cruise ship to intercept another ship laden with gold. A missile called the Twister inspires terror. Which book?

Answer: The Golden Rendezvous

The coffin does not contain a body, it contains the missile. The scientist that can arm it is disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair, and his guard as a nurse. The fact that the 'nurse' cannot knit properly is a real turning point of the plot! Johnny Carter, the Chief Officer, saves the day, despite suffering gunshot wounds to the legs, but his ship, the Campari, is atomised, along with all the bad guys.

This is one of MacLean's earlier book, hitting the bookshops in 1962.
5. The start of this novel tells of a cargo aircraft being shot down in the Gulf of Mexico. Jump forward a couple of years to a shootout and kidnapping in a courtroom, a rich businessman, and an oil-rig in the Gulf. Add in the theft of a small submarine, and you have most of the plot of one of my favourite MacLean books. Which one is it?

Answer: Fear is the Key

The bad guys became evident reasonably early in the story, but the plot still had more twists and turns than a bagful of snakes. The plane was carrying a fortune in gold, and the kidnapper was really a good guy. The confrontation in the submarine is very suspenseful stuff, indeed.
6. Our hero, Michael Reynolds, is trying to free a captured British scientist from the clutches of the Hungarian secret police. He has assistance from the Hungarian underground resistance, but still has to match wits with the formidable Colonel Szendr˘ and his henchman. Reynolds is drugged with mind-bending substances, indulges in hand-to-hand combat on top of a train, in a blizzard, has to be rescued from impossible situations, but still manages to get missile scientist, Harold Jennings, out of the country. What is the British title of this one?

Answer: The Last Frontier

The book was published with two separate titles, being released in the USA as 'The Secret Ways'. It was released in 1959, only three years after the October Revolution in Hungary. MacLean gets a bit political in this book, but it is still very readable.

There are a few mysterious characters, including The Count, a Polish aristocrat now fighting for the Resistance but also a senior officer in the AVO (Secret Police), Sandor, a simple man, but physically powerful, and the Cossack, a young Russian cowboy.

'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' was another Cold War classic, written by John le Carre. 'The World Is Not Enough' is a James Bond novel, written by Raymond Benson in 1999, and made into a movie shortly afterwards.
7. In 1980, MacLean released a book set in US and Canadian oilfields. Pipelines were sabotaged, pumping stations were bombed and people were being murdered at regular intervals. Enter troubleshooters Dermott and Mackenzie, and their boss, Jim Brady, who are kept off-balance by the villains. With hundreds of miles of pipeline to protect, and millions of dollars of equipment, plus the oilmen themselves, their task seems hopeless. Which book, which shares the name of a real North American location, am I describing?

Answer: Athabasca

The main Alaskan Pipeline is sabotaged, and the evidence all points to Athabasca, and when the processing plant in Canada is attacked, the threats are coming from Alaska.

The oil-sand fields of the Athabasca River, are in northern Alberta, Canada.
8. A NATO ship is stationed in the Aegean Sea when a jet loaded with nuclear weapons crashes into the sea. Does the crash have any connection to the sinking of a millionaire's yacht, in the same area, just minutes later? Why does the US President call the ship's captain? This was Alistair MacLean's last novel- what was it called?

Answer: Santorini

Santorini is a Greek island, and home to a rather large volcano. If a bomb from the aircraft explodes in its proximity, the effects could be catastrophic with the sympathetic detonation capable of causing widespread damage worldwide. Needless to say, the crew of the NATO ship, Ariadne, save the world and eliminate the bad guys.

His later novels are not as good as his earlier works, but are still very readable. His first novel, 'H.M.S. Ulysses' was a gutsy WWII novel and 'Force 10 From Navarone' is probably one of his finest works.

'The Lonely Sea' is also a work by MacLean, but is not a novel- it is a collection of stories, true and fictional, that are related to naval warfare life.
9. Amsterdam's main airport is flooded and a Northern Ireland terrorist group claims responsibility. Can undercover cop, Peter Van Effen, infiltrate the group and survive? Dykes being bombed, and fanatics holding the low-lying Netherlands to ransom. Name the novel!

Answer: Floodgate

The terrorist group, the FFF, were demanding that the British government grant independence to Northern Ireland, and attacked the neutral Netherlands, so that they would apply diplomatic pressure to Whitehall. Needless to say, Van Effen saved the day, and saved The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 'Floodgate' was published in 1983 and was one of MacLean's last books.

This is the second MacLean novel that is set mainly in Netherlands, after 'Puppet on a Chain'. 'Prime Target' was part of a series of novels he outlined before his death, and were written by other authors, in this case, Hugh Miller.
10. In a very brazen moment, the US President and a pair of Arab royal personages are kidnapped and held hostage. The asking price- $500 million! Also held captive are many journalists and FBI agents, with our hero Paul Revson posing as a cameraman. Messages and weapons are passed to and fro via an ambulance, and various other devious methods. The name of the book is the same as the location of most of the action, so what is the name of the book?

Answer: The Golden Gate

The motorcade is described as 'a rolling Fort Knox', but it still falls into the hands the arch-baddie, Peter Branson. His threats to kill his hostages and blow up the Golden Gate Bridge are very real, and Revson's mental resources are stretched to the limit. He is constantly searched for weapons, but his main resource is his brain.

Branson's gang also takes charge of a nearby military radar station, so that approaching the bridge by air is not an option, however, radar cannot detect a submarine...
Source: Author ozzz2002

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