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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The plot was ok tho and I’m surprised that this has not been given a Hollywood ‘treatment’ as it’s dessmond the ingredients to keep people entertained for a couple of hours. The survivors include the British pilot O’Hara, Aguillar, Aguillar’s bodyguard and his beautiful niece, an elderly American school teacher, two American businessmen, a scientist, and a historian.

The characters are surprisingly modern too, with the women being treated equally to the men when it comes to whatever contribution citqdel can make rather than being relegated higg cooking duties. 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 heavily armed group of communist soldiers intent on killing one of his passengers – an influential political figure – have orders to leave no survivors.

High Citadel by Desmond Bagley

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.

Lists with This Book. When not traveling to research the exotic backgrounds for his novels, Bagley spent his time sailing and motor-boating.

Refresh and try again. Lionel Forsdyke rated it really liked it Nov 10, You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is amazing that more of his novels any of his novels, in fact have never been filmed, and that the few that have made it to the movies have not been hits.


Read more Read less. There’s even another American who fulfills the cliche of the blowhard American whose cowardice puts everyone at risk. Jan 12, Jack rated it it was amazing.

What’s great about this story is the variety of characters and the situation in which they find themselves – stranded high up a mountain after a plane crash and threatened by an armed group of communists. Non mi ha lasciato proprio niente, insomma. This was his second book, originally published in and displaying all the cliches of the Cold War-era thriller. Apart from the drunk Peabody who soon gets his comeuppance, all the men are calm, focused and practical. Pushing that aside, the book is a neat match up of “survival story” and “action story.

Views Read Edit View history. I seem to recall through the haze of the past that this book started off my liking for a good disaster novel!

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High Citadel by Desmond Bagley (1965)

His first published short story appeared in the English magazine Argosy inand his first novel, The Golden Keel in Set up a giveaway. I first read this book fifteen or so years ago and even then it was old it was first published before I was born, in Sarah Cunningham rated it it was amazing May 03, There’s 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. This is his second novel. Thus begins a narrative in which the 10 or so survivors of the crash must make their way back to civilisation, despite attacks by the communists which turn into a miniature war.

Pc rated it really liked it Oct 16, Sep 26, Ruth rated it liked it Shelves: Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The great part of High Citdael is when the characters set up about devising of medieval siege weaponry, and the crossbow which carries on in the long mid-section of the book.


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Return to Book Page. His first novel, The Golden Keel, was based on a true citavel overheard by Bagley in a bar in Johannesburg, about Mussolini’s vast personal riches and the men who went looking for it.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Strange that the snow was so warm and soft, he thought; and opened his eyes to see a glar eof white before him. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Bagley and his wife left South Africa for Italy inand then England in One person found this helpful.

Refresh and hihh again. All the passengers accept the hijack, the crash-landing in which some passengers are horribly crushed, the forced march down the mountainside then attack by the communists, then a prolonged state of siege and being called on to fire crossbows to kill their opponents or blow up their vehicles pretty calmly.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Bagley Desmond Bagley was a British journalist and novelist principally known for a series of best-selling thrillers.

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