Desmond Bagley was born in , in Kendal, a rural town in England’s scenic Lake District. He left school aged fourteen and worked for a number of years in. High Citadel by Desmond Bagley (). O’Hara’s lips quirked as he mentally reviewed his garrison. An old man and a young girl; two. High Citadel by Desmond Bagley – book cover, description, publication history.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — High Citadel by Desmond Bagley. High Citadel by Desmond Bagley. In the biting cold of the Andes, their hi-jacked plane crash-landed, Tim O’Hara’s passengers are fighting for their lives.
While O’Hara leads one group along a deadly, snow-covered pass, the other is working to stall the armed soldiers who plan to kill them all. Ingenious ideas are put into action as they attempt to survive until help arrives. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by House of Stratus desmojd published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about High Citadelplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 06, Matt Kruze rated it it was amazing.
The first Bagley I came across way back when, and still it remains the best for me. The epitome of the adventure thriller, complete with gritty, tormented hero, sinister villain and a gallimaufry of supporting cast members who all serve to enrich this super-tense high altitude classic. Outnumbered and outgunned, worn-out pilot Tim O’Hara must defend himself and the lives of his passengers when his plane crashes high in the Andes, and bring together an eclectic bunch of characters to outwit the co The first Bagley I came across way back when, and still it remains the best for me.
Outnumbered and outgunned, worn-out pilot Tim O’Hara must defend himself and the lives of his passengers when his plane crashes high in the Andes, and bring together an eclectic bunch of characters to outwit the communist forces determined to put a stop, permanently, to the political aspirations of the democratic candidate who was on board.
Ingenious, engaging, non-stop thrills. I came across way back when, and still it remains the best for me.
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Outnumbered and outgunned, worn-out pilot Tim O’Hara must defend himself and the lives of his passengers when his plane crashes high in the Andes, and bring together an eclectic bunch of characters to outwit the communist forces d I came across way back when, and still it remains the best for me. May 07, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: I’d never heard of Bagley before picking this up, but I gather he was a British action-thriller writer contemporary of Hammond Ines ctiadel Alistair Maclean.
This was his second book, originally published in and desmonr all the cliches of the Cold Desmmond thriller. The story is set in a fictional South American country adjacent to the Andes, where a decrepit American pilot flies for a tiny two-bit airline.
A former jet-fighter pilot in Korea, he was shot down there and endured unimaginable h I’d never heard of Bagley before picking this up, but I gather he was a British action-thriller writer contemporary of Hammond Ines and Alistair Maclean. A former jet-fighter pilot in Korea, he was shot down there and endured unimaginable horrors in a Chinese prison camp, leaving him scarred and unable to hold onto a decent job.
Now flying for Andes Air, he’s at the end of the line when he gets the call to come in and shuttle a load of passengers across the the mountains since their jumbo-jet was forced to land due to mechanical problems. Without giving too much away, he’s forced to crash land in the mountains and soon he and the surviving passengers are in a life-or-death struggle against the elements and a force of communist-sympathizing military who are about to launch a coup.
Citadfl one thread which follows some passengers who try and climb out to raise the alarm, and their trials and tribulations in mountain-climbing without proper gear. The other thread follows the passengers who try and MacGyver weapons to hold off the soldiers who are on uigh other side of a rickety rope bridge. Fortunately, in addition to the pilot, there’s an academic with a more cesmond passing knowledge of medieval weaponry, another academic who is awfully handy at building things, a schoolteacher who’s handy with bows, and a young woman who isn’t afraid of doing her part.
A basic premise of the story is that all these folks would be keen to fight to the death rather than surrender to dastardly Communists — with lots of references to how Communists are basically all desmojd torturers. And naturally, the hagley are led by a Cuban officer and a Russian handler, and one of the heroes is secretly a CIA agent. There’s even another American who fulfills the cliche of the blowhard American whose cowardice puts everyone at risk.
If you don’t mind such gratingly dated characters, some major coincidences two characters who happen to have flown the same Sabrejets used by the bad guys? One of many alternative approaches would have been to simply approach the cave from the side and pitch a grenade or two in, instantly solving the issue.
Mar 04, Masayuki Arai rated it really highh it. Jul 15, Nick rated it it was amazing. Jun citadwl, Mook rated it liked it Shelves: A short, fun, action-adventure in which a plane is forcibly crashed in the mountains and the survivors need to face both the harsh climate and the squad of gunmen trying to kill them.
As this is a book from the 60s, it has some period specific issues. For example, racism – which other characters are quick to condemn but really isn’t necessary plot-wise. Another quirk is that the main villains are “communists”. Just, collectively, as a group of people of different nationalities who are all devoted to communism.
Pushing that aside, the book is a neat match up of “survival story” and “action story. The survivors are an odd collection: If you think this is the setup for hilarity, you are correct! Overall, very entertaining cottage read. Apr 23, Libbeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Book Description Isolated in the biting cold of the Andes, after their plane has been hijacked and forced to crash-land, Tim O’Hara’s passengers are fighting for their lives.
While one group of survivors, lead by O’Hara, attempt to cross the peaks along a deadly, snow-covered pass, the other is working to stall the armed group of soldiers who plan to kill them all once they have managed to cross a torrential river. Ingenious ideas are put into action in a dramatic attempt to pr Review from Amazon: Ingenious ideas are put into action in a dramatic attempt to prolong their survival until help arrives.
About the Author Celebrated for his fast-paced stories and attention to detail, thriller writer Desmond Bagley was born in the Lake District and spent his early working life in the aircraft industry, before his adventurous spirit took him on an exciting road trip to South Africa, where he settled as a freelance journalist and film critic. His first novel, The Golden Keel was an instant success, and he went on to write a further fifteen gripping stories, which have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Really shows its age and it’s clearly from the same stable as Alistair MacLean with paper thin characterisation and stereotyping ‘banana’ republics, communist revolutions, fat and lazy Americans, heroic Americans haunted by the war etc.
The plot was ok tho and I’m surprised that this has not been given a Hollywood ‘treatment’ as it’s got the ingredients to keep people entertained for a couple of hours. I did have a chuckle at one point when I recognised a scene that had been stolen completely Really shows its age and it’s clearly from the same stable as Alistair MacLean with paper thin characterisation and stereotyping ‘banana’ republics, communist revolutions, fat and lazy Americans, heroic Americans haunted by the war etc.
I did have a chuckle at one point when I recognised a scene that had been stolen completely and incorporated into the movie Firefox – I hope the Bagley estate got some corn for this!
Jul 01, Huw Collingbourne rated it liked it. A fairly straightforward story, by Bagley’s standards, about good guys fighting bad guys with lots of action and adventure and just a touch of romance. This was his 2nd novel and it is much more predictable and less interesting than his later novels such as Running Blind, The Freedom Trap or The Tightrope Men. It seems to be written very much in the Alistair MacLean style, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I must say that I very much prefer Bagley’s later novels which had a bit less ac A fairly straightforward story, by Bagley’s standards, about good guys fighting bad guys with lots of action and adventure and just a touch of romance.
It seems to be written very much in the Alistair MacLean style, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I must say that I very much prefer Bagley’s later novels which had a bit less action and adventure but far more plot twists and turns.
Jan 05, Booniss rated it really liked it. The politics may be somewhat dated and the villains no more than caricature, but ignore those and you are left with a taut thriller about how ordinary people can rise to the occasion and fight for themselves and others. The characters are surprisingly modern too, with the women being treated equally to the men when it comes to whatever contribution they can make rather than being relegated to cooking duties.
Jan 11, Joanne rated it really liked it. It’s been many years since I first read this. On this latest reading, it’s aged in terms of its political relevance But in many ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Stranded in the Andes after a plane crash, broken down pilot Tim O Hara must somehow hold the little band together against a group of communist revolutionaries waiting on the other side of the bridge.
Sep 26, Ruth rated it liked it Shelves: I seem to recall through the haze of the past that this book started off my liking for a good disaster novel! It was probably a backlash against the reading trend of my peers for Mills and Boons and Danielle Steel. Jul 27, Rogermue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bagley really can tell thrilling stories.
I enjoyed this one about O’Hara’s fight high up in the Andes with a couple of men and almost no weapons against a communist army. Feb 23, Alayne rated it really liked it. Excellent and a different kind of story which made a change.
I will certainly read more from Mr. Een erg goed boek! Un discreto libro di avventura, anche se dal finale “ovviamente” scontato. Aug 12, Simon Mendoza rated it it was amazing. Jan 12, Jack rated it it was amazing.
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One of the best books I have ever read, medieval weapons against a modern day communist army, what could be better? Sep 18, Diana Oliveira rated it it was citade. I already stated how much i love the books written by Desmond Bagley; from all i’ve read High Citadel is without a doubt my favourite.
Apr 26, Aakash rated it it was amazing. Gary Stephenson rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Pc rated it really liked it Oct 16, Jan rated it really liked it Feb 24, Craig Sisterson rated it liked it Apr 07, Peer rated it liked it Jan 03,