It features the familiar theme of a cunning protagonist trying to disrupt the evil machinations of a brilliant, amoral villain who threatens to wreak unfathomable devastation. Readers can follow the good guy as he along with relatives and colleagues works to unravel the conspiracy, thread by thread, link by link. However, character development seldom surpasses the level of simple stereotype, and much of the action is more sensationalistic than realistic. This book also foreshadows some of his later works. Like San Andreas , it begins with a professorial lecture about a real topic that is fictionalized in the book earthquakes in this case, life in the British Navy during WWII in San Andreas.
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Shelves: book-collection Another late MacLean, another terrorist with enormous ransom demands. This one has his own nuclear weapons and knows where to set them of to say Goodbye to California. A definite pick-up after the poor Seawitch , but not a very memorable one from the author. Dec 28, Elker Kamel rated it liked it I am reading this book now. Goodbye California is no different. Terrorists have attacked a nuclear power station, stolen truck-loads of nuclear fuel, and kidnapped several nuclear physicist professors and some female secretaries.
What is their plan? What do they want? The husband of one of the kidnapped women is a detective sergeant a cop who can be a terror to those both inside and outside the law. He and his son CHP lay down their badges to Alistair MacLean is known for action-packed, fast-moving, high-stakes mysteries.
He and his son CHP lay down their badges to pursue their own lines of inquiry…all of them racing against the clock once the villain threatens to detonate a nuclear device to create a tidal wave across Los Angeles. The evidence he forces out with his Fist of Terror seems at first unrelated to the thief of nuclear fuel — a cultured, sophisticated man of mysterious past and foreign extraction.
Can bribes in the police structure really relate to an armed compound full of Muslims? Muslims that freely help themselves to Scotch and treat their women prisoners with respect, I might add. Yes — Mr. MacLean can relate these things. And he does. There is a fair amount of exposition in this book. Especially early in the book, great chunks of time are spent with characters laying out the exact facts for other characters.
A bit draggy, perhaps, but Sgt. Ryder pays attention through the whole thing — and uses that knowledge for his brilliant conclusion at the climax. See, kids? Pay attention in school, and you can outsmart international terrorists! MacLean does an excellent job describing characters.
There are a lot of characters, and once in a while some too-similar names got me tangled up, but the descriptions are clear and help differentiate each person.
The nuclear professor above, for instance, is a large, fiery, heavy-drinking man with a mouth like a sailor. And, of course, Ryder takes the law into his own hands, gets away with it, and even gets the cooperation of the official intelligence forces for his brilliant counter-offensives. For the mature of mind and conscience, this is a solid diversion.