Night without End: 2500 Headwords

Night without End: 2500 Headwords

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On the Polar ice-cap, 640 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the deadly, icy winds can freeze a man to death in minutes. But the survivors of the crashed airliner are lucky - they are rescued by three scientists from a nearby weather station. But why did the airliner crash in the first place? Who smashed the radio to pieces? And why does the dead pilot have a bullet hole in his back? The rescue quickly turns into a nightmare: a race through the endless Arctic night, a race against time, cold, hunger - and a killer with a gun.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 10mm | 140.62g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Abridged ed
  • black and white line drawings
  • 0194230910
  • 9780194230919
  • 2,004,531

Review Text

The Greenland icecap - and a weather station of the I.G.Y., manned by three scientists, provide the setting for as exciting an adventure tale as MacLean has given his readers. This time, as one reads, there is the same sense of participation in the suspense, the terrors, the hardships- as one had in H.M.S. Ulysses. Only afterwards does it seem beyond belief that a jet airliner could have crash landed on the icecap, thousands of miles from its goal, with a dead man at the controls, another crew officer dead, a third badly wounded, a wounded stewardess, and all but one of the small group of passengers able to be extricated, alive, from the wreckage. More than this is demanded of the reader, who accompanies this handful of ill-assorted survivors, through temperature often more than 50 degrees below zero, through ice and wind storms, over rough terrain, in a rattletrap old Citroen tractor. And the final challenge to credulity is that among the passengers, two are ruthless murderers - identity unknown- and that there is some secret factor that made each of the seeming accidents important. A wildly improbable tale, which carries conviction with every arduous step, and makes excitingly good escape reading. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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3 35% (34)
2 9% (9)
1 3% (3)
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