The Last Frontier, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


An undercover mission beyond the Iron Curtain to recover a defected scientist goes disastrously wrong - a classic early Cold War thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.

Now reissued in a new cover style.Michael Reynolds was going insane ... slowly but inevitably insane. And the most terrible part of it was that he knew it.

Since the last forced injection, there had been nothing he could do about the relentless onset of this madness.

The more he struggled to ignore the symptoms, the more acutely he became aware of them, the deeper into his mind dug those fiendish chemical claws that were tearing his mind apart...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780006157496

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I first read this book many years ago and have not forgotten it so recently reacquired it after some searching. It is one of MacLean's earliest books, and consequently one of his best. The story of an English agent's attempt to recover a defected scientist, it is also a detailed description of cold war secret police tactics but also a work urging rconciliation as the only way forward. Set in Hungary just after the 1956 uprising (and written in 1959) it is authentic in atmosphere and moves swiftly with a cast of finely drawn characters. Just one query - miuch is made in the book of the winter snow and cold everywhere - why does the cover of my edition shows green hillsides? Don't they read the books before designing covers?

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The first spy thriller I've read by Alistair Maclean and I really enjoyed it. Here's another author I can get going on. The list grows :)

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