Writers: Alistair MacLean (novel), Paul Wheeler (screenplay) | 1 more credit» Caravan to Vaccares () Charlotte Rampling and David Birney in Caravan to . Feb 2, Here are encamped hundreds of gypsies in their brightly painted caravans, en route to the big annual gypsy festival south of Arles. We are. Apr 14, Unlike most Alistair MacLean novels, Caravan to Vaccares is not a novel based on the World War II. The book first came to print in and.

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The helicopter drives the car off the road. Any kind of digression ruins a thriller novel and the major deviation in this book is the romantic sub-plot featuring Bowman and Cecile. Luckily, he has also irritated maverick California cop, Ryder — by kidnapping his wife — so Ryder tracks him down, disarms his gang and kills him. The story revolves around a lot of the Gypsy environs of Spain, which was interesting, but the plot moved rapidly and ignored a lot of setup.

Caravan to Vaccares was a fun novel, if a little predictable. A small group of gypsies have something they are determined to hide, and Bowman soon learns that curiosity is highly dangerous. Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

During the Hungarian uprising, an American mercenary is hired to smuggle a Hungarian resistance leader out of Soviet-occupied Budapest. A motley crew of other people with reasons of their own decide to join him for the wealth of the lost The old fashioned view against women’s capabilities were hard to read in some sections.


Prologue A terrified young gypsy, Alexandre, is pursued through a sequence of eerie limestone caves, until he is cornered, murdered and buried under rubble. By comparison with many of his contemporaries MacLean avoided sex and graphic violence.

He allows himself to be dressed in the costume of one of the clowns who entertain the crowd between fights and then to be dragged into the ring by Czerda et al also dressed in clown costumes, to make the scene all the more grotesque. He has enough money from his very wealthy family to have no need to trouble himself with anything as sordid and tiresome as work. Then there is also the Le Grand Duc, at Provence, who supposedly is a gypsy folklorist.

Caravan to Vaccarès by Alistair MacLean (1969)

When I first began this book I wondered what it was I could have found appealing about him. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Was this review helpful to you? In a vein similar to James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Style The plot is ailstair, fast-paced, visceral, written with the film adaptation in mind. Visit our Streaming Guide. A wandering young American adventurer, Bowman David Birneymeets a pretty young British photographer, Lila Charlotte Rampling when she hitches a ride. That said in it does feel a little dated in aliztair, compared to say someone like Alan Furst, who writes alisstair, as in pre second world war two that have a timeless feel about them, even though they’re written by a contemporary writer.


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Alistair MacLean hardly reveals the identity of his characters and Caravan to Vaccares is no exception to that. You are commenting using your Facebook account. As the action picked up the author tended to shorten his prose, or maybe I got caraan used to it.

Open Preview See a Problem? It feels alistir little out of line to be ” I read a lot of McLean’s classic novels many years ago but have decided to catch up on those I haven’t read yet.

Caravan to Vaccares

By using this site, you vaccarez to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Share this Rating Title: He also had a well-deserved reputation for making exceptionally effective use of harsh and forbidding landscapes.

Personally, I love these type of action adventure stories, so MacLean and Desmond Bagley gets re-read quite often. Still, the author’s maxlean of place and his cliffhanger chapter endings recalled to me why I enjoyed his work so much way back when.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Not holding out much hope though And where does the Duc de Croyter fit into all this? Had too much science fiction on my iPad, so I bought this from the iBook store.

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