Title: When Eight Bells Toll
Author: Alistair MacLean
MacLean, Alistair (1966, 2011). When Eight Bells Toll. New York: Sterling
Date Updated: October 14, 2015
I believe I have read almost all, if not every, book written by MacLean. This book is another one MacLean fans consider a classic. The story is good Alistair MacLean, written during his best years. It has all the edge-of-the-seat suspense, and dry humor that millions of readers have devoured for years. It has enough staying power that it was republished again in 2011.
Millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. Investigations by the British Secret Service, and a sixth sense, have bought Philip Calvert to a bleak, lonely bay in the Western Scottish Highlands. But the sleepy atmosphere of Torbay is deceptive. The place is the focal point of many mysterious disappearances. Even the unimaginative Highland Police Sergeant seems to be acting a part. But why? British secret agent Phillip Calvert leads the battle against modern-day pirates as searches for hijacked bullion ships in the Scottish Highlands.
Calvert is aided (and hindered) in his quest by fellow secret agent Hunslett, aging spymaster Uncle Arthur, and former actress Charlotte Skouros. But his requests for help from the local community are constantly thwarted. What is the secret the citizens of Torbay are hiding, and what has it to do with a Greek shipping tycoon and his mysterious associates?