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Editor reviews

"Bagley is a master storyteller." ( Daily Mirror)

Summary

Action thriller by the classic adventure writer, set in Iceland.

The assignment begins with 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 looks anything but simple. The desolate terrain is obstacle enough. But when Stewart realises he has been double-crossed and that the opposition is gaining ground, his simple mission seems impossible....

"Unbeatable for sheer gripping excitement." ( Daily Telegraph)
©2017 Brockhurst Publications (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"As long as meticulous craftsmanship and honest entertainment are valued, and as long as action, authenticity, and expertise still make up the strong framework of the good adventure/thriller, Desmond Bagley's books will surely be read." (Reginald Hill, Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers)

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Bagley's Best?

Would you listen to Running Blind again? Why?

I originally listened to the abridged story on cassette when it was read by Martin Jarvis many moons ago. I've been waiting for a full version for a while. The story is still exciting even when you know it (I don't intend to give the game away here), and swings one way, then the other and back again, whilst exhibiting the stark reality, directness, and lack of Hollywood theatrics that is Bagley's style. Of the Bagley books I have read this is the one I come back to.The setting is wonderful and Bagley spent time in Iceland researching it, when writing the book. The characters are representative of the time, and you have to remember that this was written in the 1960's! Additionally I like they way that the back story unfolds and supplements the main story line.

What does Paul Tyreman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tyreman does a better job where, when compared to the other book I have reviewed, High Citadel. There are less accents to jump between, and, although the Icelandic names are difficult, it seems that he had researched them, and delivers them. They all sound good. It is a better performance than High Citadel, and it seems that he is improving, he just isn't Martin Jarvis! (OK I am probably being a little harsh there).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I always love the start of this book....this and the opening lines of When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair Maclean are two of my favourite openings to any book.

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A classic action story

If you just want action, real men, real women and no politically correct nonsense, this is the story for you

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brilliant

I remember watching this when it came on TV, since I have read the book twice and now listen to the audio book. It's just brilliant and I'm sure I will watch, read or listen to it again.

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Bagley's best

This is a book one returns to many times. The setting, Iceland, is clearly well know nand this well described and fitted into the plot. The story is fundamentally about a man determined against all the odds, including his own organization to show that a major espionage figure is in fact a Russian enemy of Cold war Britain . It is truly so gripping that one cannot stop listening. If you don't know Bagley start here. You will want to hear more of his ever exciting works.

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Could not get past narrator's seemingly forced tone no matter what was going on in the story

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