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Summary

A classic audiobook of ruthless revenge set in the steel jungle of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico - and on the seabed below it.

A sunken DC-3 lying on the Caribbean floor. Its cargo: $10.25 million in gold ingots, emeralds and uncut diamonds guarded by the remains of two men, one woman and a very small boy.

The fortune was there for the taking, and ready to grab it were a blue-blooded oilman with his own offshore rig, a gangster so cold and independent that even the Mafia couldn't do business with him and a psychopathic hired assassin.

Against them stood one man, and those were his people, those skeletons in their watery coffin. His name was Talbot, and he would bury his dead - but only after he had avenged their murders.

©1961 Devoran Trustees Lts (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Guns, gangsters, sudden death, terrific action on land and under the sea... Fear is the Key has a plot that will require a lot of willpower to stop you looking at the last page." ( Sunday Mirror)
"Keeps tension at screaming point." ( Daily Express)
"Excitement and violence...the pace never slackens." ( Scotsman)

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Edge of your seat thriller!

An edge of your seat thriller from the sadly missed 'Daddy' of all thriller writers!!

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The wait is over

This story has been with me for the best part of 45 years. For whatever reason it resonated with me from the moment I read the first page. An outstanding story written by one of the best authors of his time. I've waited for an audio version since before my son was born...he is now at university. One of the beauties of a great story well written is that the characters come to life through our imagination ... Mr Oliver does an ok job. He doesn't feel quite right for my image of John Talbot but he tells the story clearly and efficiently.

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Much better from Oliver

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Oliver’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The Maclean Classic given the audible treatment. This delivery is much better from Oliver, although it has to be said that there are much fewer foreign accents in this book, when compared to the poor performance in 'The Guns of Navarone" where he really struggled. The producers/editor should take a some of the blame for that too. At the very end of the book, his narration (under the circumstances) is very good. However, he still needs to work on his fluidity.

Is it work a credit?... Yes.

Hoping for 'When Eight Bells Toll' sometime soon!

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  • C. Saladin
  • 26-05-17

Poor Narrator

Loved this book since first released in hardback, and never found fault in anything. This version had me incredibly annoyed with the voices and the emphasis put on certain words and sentences. Got the book out and checked and no it was not the sentence it was the way that words were emphasized. Love Alastair MacLean but don't think I'll buy any more.

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  • Rahul Vartak
  • 16-10-17

Awesomest!!!

One of the best books I've read and reread and repeated for a zillion times, and Mr Oliver has done 200% justice to it. Very well narated!