great book, very exciting, you're not in there with the action but you understand how every character feelsMatt Kruze
The first Bagley I came across way back when, and still it remains the best for me. The epitome of the adventure thriller, complete with gritty, tormented hero, sinister villain and a gallimaufry of supporting cast members who all serve to enrich this super-tense high altitude classic.Outnumbered and outgunned, worn-out pilot Tim O'Hara must defend himself and the lives of his passengers when his plane crashes high in the Andes, and bring together an eclectic bunch of characters to outwit the communist forces determined to put a stop, permanently, to the political aspirations of the democratic candidate who was on board.Ingenious, engaging, non-stop thrills.Libbeth
Review from Amazon:Book DescriptionIsolated in the biting cold of the Andes, after their plane has been hijacked and forced to crash-land, Tim O'Hara's passengers are fighting for their lives. While one group of survivors, lead by O'Hara, attempt to cross the peaks along a deadly, snow-covered pass, the other is working to stall the armed group of soldiers who plan to kill them all once they have managed to cross a torrential river. Ingenious ideas are put into action in a dramatic attempt to prolong their survival until help arrives. About the AuthorCelebrated for his fast-paced stories and attention to detail, thriller writer Desmond Bagley was born in the Lake District and spent his early working life in the aircraft industry, before his adventurous spirit took him on an exciting road trip to South Africa, where he settled as a freelance journalist and film critic. His first novel, The Golden Keel was an instant success, and he went on to write a further fifteen gripping stories, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Jack
One of the best books I have ever read, medieval weapons against a modern day communist army, what could be better?Rogermue
Bagley really can tell thrilling stories. I enjoyed this one about O'Hara's fight high up in the Andes with a couple of men and almost no weapons against a communist army.Jo
It's been many years since I first read this. On this latest reading, it's aged in terms of its political relevance... But in many ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Stranded in the Andes after a plane crash, broken down pilot Tim O Hara must somehow hold the little band together against a group of communist revolutionaries waiting on the other side of the bridge.