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‘Alistar MacLean is one of the few people writing today who has a story to tell’ Daily Express. ‘A magnificent storyteller’ Sunday Mirror. ‘The most successful. MacLean’s last novel, Partisans (), only made it onto the Times bestseller list for one week, in the #15 slot; loyal readers, perhaps, are. Reissue of the tense tale of a deadly terrorist plot set Holland, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. AMSTERDAM AIRPORT HAS DISAPPEARED.

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So wonders top-cop Peter Van Effen, who is meanwhile–with unconvincing ease–infiltrating a local terrorist gang, posing in heavy makeup as a Polish explosives expert.

Lieutenant van Effen is also an undercover operative with connections to a Dutch criminal gang; posing as a criminal explosives expert and with the help of fellow undercover officers Vasco as a corrupt Dutch Army officer and George as a black market arms dealerhe sets out to infiltrate the FFF and sabotage their plans one way or another.

The Guns of Navarone. I have read a few Alistair MacLean books in the past but I had a hard time with this one. Being a terrorist organization you expect bare minimum qualities in them.

This one I could barely make myself finish, and that was in the silly hope that something might actually redeem it by the end. Shout at the Devil. Maclean did justic Giving threerelativelyespecially when i compare it with his other works. Then – bizarrely, indifferently, the novel. Maclewn recollection, this bad experience has neither tarnished nor encouraged my opinion of the author, and the fact that I still hold true, that the premise to the floodgaye sounded very intriguing, I can see myself picking up another MacArthur book in the future, but in the mean time, it shall take one star, maxlean I am therefor, born a legitimate book critic, Ha.


Interesting premise, but not one of MacLean’s better efforts. The plot was predictable and so the story plodded. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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Colonel van de Graaf, the Amsterdam Chief of Police, puts Detective Lieutenant Peter van Effen, a man with a sardonic sense of humor and many hidden talents, in charge of the investigation.

Overall an enjoyable read. You’ve successfully reported this review. Just give us some damn action, Allistair!


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Feb 16, VijayaRaghavan S N rated it liked it. The idea behind the plot reads like an Al-Qaeeda terrorist alert drowning Amsterdam by threatening to blow up one of the city’s dams but there was not enough tension for my liking.

September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Floodgate by Alistair MacLean by a thriller I enjoyed immensely.

There was action, and the plot was actually quite enjoyable, it’s just the way that the plot was delivered to the reader, was lacking any real sentiment.

It seems like MacLean wanted to put in a last-minute twist protagonist mentions something about two of the bad guys’ brothers when he’s not supposed to know they’re related, and the main bad guy with “a mind like a computer” completely fails to noticebut in the end the plot just sputters out with a boring and bloodless good guy victory.


Jan 09, Ricky Orr rated it did not like it.

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You would end up believing that you can do a better job in being a terrorist keeping fingers crossed that no officials are reading my review. It is a very good read. When Eight Bells Toll. Now, for such a negative review, you would be led to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with this book, but almost contradictory, I wouldn’t say that is the case.

You submitted the following rating and review. The story had glimmers of hope but th As a MacLean fan I have a large number of his novels in my kindle.

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Peter Van Effen, a senior officer in the Amsterdam police force, is called on to investigate a group of terrorists who are threatening all of the Netherlands with devastating flo Once again MacLean proves to be the master of his genre. May 09, Scott Holstad rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is a rare example macllean inter-novel continuity in MacLean’s writing, as one of the characters in his previous novel Puppet on a Chain makes a re-appearance.

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