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Running Blind [Large Print] [Paperback]

Desmond Bagley
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October 1993 Curley Large Print Books
It began as a simple errand - a parcel to deliver. But to Alan Stewart, standing on a deserted road in Iceland, with a murdered man at his feet, it looked anything but simple. When he realises who the true enemy is, his simple mission seems impossible. By the same author as "Night of Terror"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific roller coaster of a story! June 12 2003
Format:Hardcover
Back in the 1960s and even 1970s, Desmond Bagley was easily one of the best thriller writers around. As a rule, his books tend to be short and to the point, filled with action and marked with innovative ideas. Running Blind is one of my personal favorites (actually I think it is his best work) which I suddenly stumbled upon after many years. Allan Stewart, a retired intelligence agent is suddenly forced against his will to re-join the game just to complete one final assignment. Almost immediately, he finds himself in a maze of bluffs and double-bluffs. By a mix of good fortune and rusty skills, he escapes a trap and in doing so, stumbles almost by accident on the scary possibility that a top official in British intelligence may actually be a Russian mole (remember, this is a Cold War story). Of course, he now has to settle this question one way or the other. What follows is a terrific roller coaster of a story as Stewart (accompanied by his girlfriend), the mole, the Russians (including his opposite number thirsting for revenge after Stewart had long ago shot him in a very sensitive area!), and stray CIA agents engage in a fascinating pursuit over the Icelandic landscape, culminating in a shootout at the baddies hideout that is almost "western" in nature. A very good novel indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific roller coaster of a story! June 12 2003
By David Rasquinha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Back in the 1960s and even 1970s, Desmond Bagley was easily one of the best thriller writers around. As a rule, his books tend to be short and to the point, filled with action and marked with innovative ideas. Running Blind is one of my personal favorites (actually I think it is his best work) which I suddenly stumbled upon after many years. Allan Stewart, a retired intelligence agent is suddenly forced against his will to re-join the game just to complete one final assignment. Almost immediately, he finds himself in a maze of bluffs and double-bluffs. By a mix of good fortune and rusty skills, he escapes a trap and in doing so, stumbles almost by accident on the scary possibility that a top official in British intelligence may actually be a Russian mole (remember, this is a Cold War story). Of course, he now has to settle this question one way or the other. What follows is a terrific roller coaster of a story as Stewart (accompanied by his girlfriend), the mole, the Russians (including his opposite number thirsting for revenge after Stewart had long ago shot him in a very sensitive area!), and stray CIA agents engage in a fascinating pursuit over the Icelandic landscape, culminating in a shootout at the baddies hideout that is almost "western" in nature. A very good novel indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This has to be one of the best books in the world Feb. 7 1998
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Format:Paperback
Running Blind is a book that is on the real side of Life not with super heros dashing around with the biggest gun possible(fleets Rifle comes close) A must for all kids from 12 to 120 Another helpful Hint from the meister
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by the master. Nov. 29 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yes,This book is superlative. For the person who reviewed it earlier, it has been filmed. It was shown on PBS ten or so years ago in a three part series starring Stuart Wilson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bagley's Pinnacle Sept. 30 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked the right age to read this for the first time -- I had progressed beyond Hardy Boys and so forth, and knew just a little about birds and bees. It remained my favorite book for a good 3 years.
This book will make you want to visit Iceland and retrace the protagonist's adventures.
As with most Desmond Bagley books, the language is not taxing, and the style is welcoming. It has more pace and intensity than his usual work, and all in all, a delightful book to read. Unfortunately, the ending is quite weak -- the good guy loses consciousness at some point and when he wakes up some serendipitous sequence of events have improved his changes. Other that complaint, I loved this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read at 14 Feb. 1 2000
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When I was a kid (many years ago now), I read this book. I still see Desmond Bagley as the natural successor to Alistair Maclean. If Maclean had zero percent sex in his books (where there is a female character as in 'The Golden Rendezvous', she hates the hero), Desmond Bagley gets to maybe 2 percent - he does have some alluring female characters. But it is all sooo British. This book is an excellent read, with the hero and the reader uncertain as to what is going on as the plot slowly unfolds.
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