Breakheart Pass, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A magnificent tale of heart-stopping suspense from the highly acclaimed master of the genre.

The Rocky Mountains, Winter 1873...One of the most desolate stretches of railroad in the West.

Travelling along it is a crowded troop train, bound for the cholera-stricken garrison at Fort Humboldt.

On board are the Governor of Nevada, the daughter of the fort's commander and a US marshal escorting a notorious outlaw.

Between them and safety are the hostile Paiute Indians - and a man who will stop at nothing, not even murder...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, forms
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Westerns
  • ISBN: 9780006158059



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I loved this book, possibly not enough for 5 stars but nearly.... :)A multiple murder mystery set in 1873 and situated in the rocky mountains. A train is bound for a cholera stricken fort but things start to go wrong as people start dieing and going missing.Who is the killer? The novel unravells at a rapid speed with various twists and turns that hook you until the dramatic outcome.Def one worth trying as an introduction to maclean.

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This book takes place on an Army train in the American West in the 19th century after the Civil War. The train, under the command of Colonel Claremont, is full of relief troops and supplies, headed to Fort Humboldt, a remote mountain fort in Paiute Indian territory. The train also has on board a Marshall who is escorting a captured Federal prisoner named John Dekin. On its journey, there will be murders, conspiracies, sabotage, ambushes, rooftop fights, and Indians seeking revenge. The action is non-stop, and at times it is somewhat hectic, with one plot twist after another. My only complaint is that a whole lot of characters are introduced at the beginning of the book, and without much character description, it was difficult for me to keep them straight for awhile. Basically, this book is all about action and suspense, and it does an excellent job of delivering both.

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Fast-paced, small (192 pages), action packed; to be precise, a typical MacLean thriller (though this one's a western). Not great as some of his other works, mind you, but not boring either.

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