The tale of murder and revenge set on a remote oil rig, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Seawitch The massive oil-rig is the hub of a great empire, the pride of its billionaire owner.
Lord Worth, predatory and ruthless, has clawed his way to great wealth. Now, he cares for only two things - Seawitch and his two high-spirited daughters. One man knows this: John Cronkite, trouble-shooter for the world's top oilmen and Worth's ex-victim, is spoiling for revenge. In one terrifying week, Worth's world explodes.
About the Author
Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. He is now recognised as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide best-sellers, many of which have been filmed.
As in Ice Station Zebra and The Guns of Navarone, MacLean trots out his big hardware for an engineering adventure-spectacular, a kind of melodrama he could write with both arms in a cast and his mouth applied to a Cuba libre straw. The big stage set this time is a football-field-size oil rig anchored in the Caribbean and owned by super-millionaire Lord Worth, who has drilled into a fantastic oil bed and is upsetting world markets. The enemy is the big majors, who have formed a secret strike force, headed by the evil Cronkite, who has hijacked a Worth tanker, blown up another, and has $10 million with which to plan devices for atomizing the rig. Grenades and Schmeiser submachineguns roar back and forth on the concrete rig while rival helicopters and submersibles rattle sabres at each other. . . . Deja-viewing for only the most megatonically-minded. (Kirkus Reviews)