- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB; Revised ed. edition (2 July 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006162592
- ISBN-13: 978-0006162599
- Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.9 x 17.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
- Customer Reviews: 106 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Golden Rendezvous Paperback – 2 July 1986
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Written in 1962, Golden Rendezvous is a riveting yarn that starts quite leisurely and gradually builds up to a crescendo with one turning the pages feverishly to know what happens next. The descriptions are so vivid that you feel that you're on the cruise ship ss Campari which ends up being hijacked by fiends. The language and dialogue harks back to a time when things were so splendidly quaint, and that adds to the fun - yes, most people would call it dated, but I prefer the word retro. Let's not forget when it was written, and the way things were back then. Personally, I love old fashioned derring-do with a slapdash of romance executed with panache. Think it also like the Under Siege film starring Steven Steagal.
A must read!!!!
GR is another easily readable AM thriller but I dont think it manages to scale the heights of The Satan Bug and Night Without Fear which nestle it on either side. For one thing the hero, even by AM standards, is ridiculously hardy and seems to survive an endless amount of damage. Plus, like The Satan Bug there is the laughable use of disgiuses and AM's seeming underestimation of how much damage a atom bomb could do, without giving the ending away! Also, again by AM's standards, the love interest character is paper thin and love story sub-plot irritating in its naff-ness. There is something reassuring about these though
The good points: the resolution is very neat, if a little anti-climactic, as always the first 50 pages really grip you as things go continually wrong on board on the ship and as always AM uses a small confined setting to his advantage.
Maybe I'm being harsh: I still enjoyed GR, but just felt it isnt up there with his best work.
It is still great!