Alistair MacLean (1922-1987) was a Scottish novelist of thrillers and adventures. His novels The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare were all adapted into successful films. His novels do not include much sex or romance because he believed it would slow down the action.

His first four novels (H.M.S. Ulysses up to The Last Frontier) were third-persona narratives, mostly set during WWII and were somewhat epic in tone. His next four (or six if you include his Ian Stuart novels; starting with Night Without End up to Ice Station Zebra) were first person narratives set in contemporary times. The next six (When Eight Bells Toll to Bear Island) were not consistent in theme but were considered to be high quality work. His last twelve (starting with The Way to Dusty Death) were weak, considered to be lazy and too reliant on dialogue. Below is a list of Alistair MacLean’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Guns Of Navarone Books


The Guns of Navarone(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Force 10 from Navarone(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Alistair MacLean’s UNACO Books


Hostage Tower(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Air Force One is Down(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Train(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Watch(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Alert(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Time of the Assassins(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Halt(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Code Breaker(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rendezvous(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prime Target(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Borrowed Time(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


H.M.S. Ulysses(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
South by Java Head(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Frontier(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Without End(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ice Station Zebra(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fear is the Key(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Rendezvous(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dark Crusader(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Satan Bug(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When Eight Bells Toll(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where Eagles Dare(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Puppet on a Chain(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Caravan to Vaccares(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bear Island(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Way to Dusty Death(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Breakheart Pass(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Circus(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Gate(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Goodbye California(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seawitch(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Athabasca(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
River of Death(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Partisans(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Floodgate(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
San Andreas(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Santorini(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fire of Humiliation(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Lonely Sea(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Lawrence of Arabia(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Captain Cook(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Last Frontier is also titled The Secret Ways. The Dark Crusaders was also published under the title The Black Shrike. The novels Death Train, Night Watch, Red Alert, Time of the Assassins, Dead Halt, Code Breaker and Rendezvous were co-authored by Alastair MacNeill. Hostage Train and Air Force One is Down were co-authored by John Denis. Prime Target and Borrowed Time was co-authored by Hugh Miller.

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  • Fred

    Fire of Humiliation is nót written by Alistair MacLean. Yes, it is written by An Alistair Maclean, but not THE Alistair Maclean we love to read.