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For the first half of the book I honestly couldn’t recall if I’d read it before – despite the Western setting, the characters and predictable plot twists were so familiar from MacLean’s earlier stories that it almost read as a parody of his own work.

The action mainly sticks to the rails, though the sense of riding a great old train is not strongly evoked. Much of that is probably due to his patented British suave-cum-flippant tone sounding wildly off key in this setting and historical period; but I suspect a lot was also due to what is generally seen as his overall mid-career slump into sloppiness.

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Viel mij knap tegen. Meanwhile, Fort Humboldt has been taken over by villainous Sepp Calhoun, who is secretly in with Marshal Pearce a wrong one and the vengeful Paiute Indians. The novel is written so haphazardly and with such unbelievable lines as “She gave him a look as cold as ice,” that I doubt MacLean spent too much time in the composition, or perhaps this quick straightforward and unimaginative style was his bid for the contract to write the screenplay, which was eventually offered to him.

No one, with the exception of few, are what they appea The story starts with a troop train traveling through the Rocky Mountains in the winter of with a destination of a remote Army outpost in Nevada that is supposedly plagued with cholera.

Pearce, a lawman and Indian agent is transporting supposedly dangerous maclewn and gunman John Deakin. Feb 28, George K. Oddly, at times Please read my complete review at Casual Debris.


A cholera outbreak is causing soldiers to sicken and die, and the relief train is hurrying to bring needed medicine. Why all this mayhem? Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Had this on my “to be read” shelf for ages. The long, complex sentences told with a monotonicity that is matched only by the Macleanean skill of keeping the reader engrossed, are an added bonus. I have little opinion on all this since I haven’t read any of MacLean’s work prior to this one. Nov 30, Ross rated it it was ok. Among its passengers are territory governor, priest, doctor and U. Basically, this book is all about action and suspense, and it does brekheart excellent job of delivering both.

Maclexn of MacLean consider Breakheart Pass to be among the oddest of his novels, and it flopped on its initial release. Yes, this was a dark era when to watch a movie at home you had to first leave the house.

Breakheart Pass by Alistair MacLean

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This article about a thriller novel of the s is a stub. Actually, that rich discovery took place inwhen Nevada was still part of the Utah Territory.

I dreaded the chore, knowing that if I picked a bad film my mom, being a film lover, and my brother, being an older brother, would never let me hear the end of it. Had an inkling very early on as to the motives of the assembled characters.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sadly I’m left to wonder if re-watching the movie would kill that twenty-something year memory of a “good” breakhwart.

Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. I always wanted to read MacLean’s Western novel. I was dubious, and therefore my critical faculties were on hair trigger as I read through breakhwart first couple of chapters of the book. Where Eagles Dare; H. He comes across as abrasive and unpleasant, and the film producers lucked out in nabbing the abrasive yet far more charming tough guy Bronson to take on breakhheart role. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.


Picturesque, sometimes grotesque, this would perhaps be one of his best works. This movie is a real classic.

Wanting to have a go at popular authors I’ve been ignoring, MacLean came to mind, and it’s my memory of the film that peaked my interest in the novel. I am not usually a fan of westerns but liked this one a lot.


Gangster Joe Valachi is a marked man in the same joint where mob boss Don Vito Genovese is imprisoned and he’s forced to co-operate with the DA in exchange for protection. Levi Calhoun Joe Kapp Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Something is amiss, someone is not what they seem, and MacLean is such a master of plot that you can’t figure out how it’s going to end.

One person found this helpful. Feb 27, Tyler Cole rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Personally I think that this is one of Charles Bronson’s greatest movies and his co-actors also does a very fine job. Search for ” Breakheart Pass ” on Amazon.

A train’s steaming toward a remote Nevada fort, seemingly on a rescue mission. Paperbackpages. Connections Referenced in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 5: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Aug 10, Vicky Hunt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Inhe was awarded a D.

The problems are many, but really what killed it for me was MacLean’s unfair treatment of information and the all-too uninteresting tough-guy hero John Deakin. However, nothing on that train is what it seems.