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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers North Amer; large type edition edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792716833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792716839
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa31a8204) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
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HASH(0xa31c60fc) out of 5 stars A bit formulaic, but pretty good Aug. 29 2009
By H. Jin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
British agent Alan Stewart is dragged out of self-imposed exile for a simple job, to deliver a package. But when the delivery goes wrong, Stewart suddenly finds himself persued through Iceland from all sides. 'Running Blind' is a very apt title for this book, as Stewart is up against his former service, the Russians, the Americans, as well as an old nemesis. His only real asset is local knowledge and contacts thanks to his Icelandic girlfriend Erin, and together the two of them race from hideout to hideout across the back-blocks of Iceland. What was in the package? Can Stewart trust anyone? Is his boss, Slade, selling him out?

In general, I prefer Bagley's man-against-the-environment thrillers to his more conventional spy thrillers. Bagley is better at the former, whereas his spy thrillers are a bit too cliched, especially in the characterisation. Stewart is almost too typical of the cool, dry-witted, wisecracking spy hero....even under threat of having his vital parts cut off he remains ultra-cool. It doesn't help that Bagley's first-person narration gives us little insight into Stewart's emotions. Erin is a better character, quite strong willed and capable. The dynamic between the two leads is interesting; Stewart depends on her knowledge of Iceland but at the same time is reluctant to involve her too deeply. Of the antagonists, the duplicious Slade is given a bit of humanity; behind the ruthlessness is a hint of the stress and tension of maintaining two faces for so long.

It was a little different from some of Bagley's early books, although there is still some sense of Stewart fighting the hostile environment of Iceland as much as his enemies. And Stewart is able to exploit the landscape (flooding rivers, boiling geysers, lava deposits) to escape his persuers. I'm not sure that all the story threads quite make sense, and the revelation of what was in the package is almost too clever and tricky to satisfy. I'd say it's not quite in the same class as 'High Citadel' or 'Wyatt's Hurricane', but fans of the genre will still find plenty to like here.

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HASH(0xa31c6150) 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.
HASH(0xa31c6588) out of 5 stars this is one of his best, a terrific pace and a twisting plot I ... July 14 2015
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Hunted out this book that I first read as a teenager, and saw as a TV series on the BBC back in the 1970s. Desmond Bagley's books are always inventive and different, and it's difficult to anticipate how the narrative and the plots will develop. Set in Iceland when the Cold war was at its height, this is one of his best, a terrific pace and a twisting plot I thoroughly enjoyed the re-reading, but life, and technology, has certainly changed since the book was written
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HASH(0xa31c6570) out of 5 stars Great Read at 14 Feb. 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
HASH(0xa31c67c8) out of 5 stars Desmond Bagley's Running Blind Jan. 19 2013
By Carrie Louise Hames - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the first Bagley's I read umpty ump years ago. Loved the page turning cold war era thriller. It introduced me to Iceland and have loved adventure stories about Iceland ever since. One thing missing in this copy I believe i could be wrong in the original is maps very important to follow the story. So I found one copied it and stuck it in the back for future reference..


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