The Mirror in the River: A Novel of Suspense

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Soon the reader is whisked along a story in which everybody is unpleasant, every incident is a cliche and so is every character. The book has two merits: While this is a novel written more than 30 years ago which begins with Nazi officers ransacking a Greek monastery for personal gain, it soon becomes an action thriller as a group of men and a lone woman, all with something to hide, travel through the Brazilian jungle seeking a lost and mysterious city.

This was great story telling and suspense that gradually builds as you get closer to the end but I have to say, I wondered where the Nazis come in. Alistair MacLean had all the stri While this is a novel written more than 30 years ago which begins with Nazi officers ransacking a Greek monastery for personal gain, it soon becomes an action thriller as a group of men and a lone woman, all with something to hide, travel through the Brazilian jungle seeking a lost and mysterious city.

Alistair MacLean had all the strings well in hand and he tells a wonderful tale that I enjoyed reading, so much so that I didn't want to put it down. But they're in my bookcase and I decided to revisit. This isn't off to a good start; the writing varies from purple prose "A yellow moon, almost full, had just cleared the horizon and gave its soft and benign light to the softly rolling landscape, lending a magical quality to the otherwise harsh, forbidding outlines of the black and bro In process notes: This isn't off to a good start; the writing varies from purple prose "A yellow moon, almost full, had just cleared the horizon and gave its soft and benign light to the softly rolling landscape, lending a magical quality to the otherwise harsh, forbidding outlines of the black and brooding monastery which, any evidence to the contrary, slumbered on peacefully as it had done for countless centuries gone by.

I'll see whether I have the patience for it--I have a bit of interest in what's going on, but I might have trouble getting around the prose. I just looked through all his books' ratings; this one seems to be his lowest-rated book. The writing didn't get much better, although a very occasional nice turn of phrase came up, as when the sign for the otel de aris was described as some misfortune having befallen the H and the P.

The protagonist is the kind of character that particularly appeals to me: The mysterious man of action who seems to know all and see all, is prepared for any contingency, is physically more capable of anything than anyone around him, has nerves of steel, doesn't think twice about killing when it seems necessary, etc. Still, took me 3 days to get through this lightweight book because I kept nodding off.

When it was done, I doubted whether most of the characters and many of the actions and situations had even really been important to the story; felt more as if they had been inserted to fill out the page count. And the whole ending struck me as highly improbable--ok, unbelievable-- in so many ways.

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Can't recommend this book. I am a big Maclean fan, but this one was pretty disappointing. It is a book written during the later stages of his career, and it looked like he was just going through the motions. The premise of the story was interesting - two Nazis escape to Latin America with looted gold or one does after cheating the other and many years later a mysterious man seems to have discovered that gold and all kinds of strange people want to use his services.

But unfortunately, the promise of the story stays unful I am a big Maclean fan, but this one was pretty disappointing. But unfortunately, the promise of the story stays unfulfilled. There are some vintage Maclean moments, but overall it was disappointing. I have read most of Maclean's best books - maybe I should just re-read them again.

May 22, Rohit Sharma rated it it was amazing. This is the first thriller novel that I have read. Like me, if you are reading a thriller for the first time, and beginning this book, I would ask you to have some patience for the first two chapters. The plot is laid out pretty well. The story telling is very compelling.

The way in which each character is introduced and portrayed is very good. The two main characters: Hamilton - confident and a conversation controller, no one tells him what to do, he does what he wants how he wants. This is surely a must read. Like Athabasca, which I recently re-read, I remember very little abour River of Death, having read it back in This plot steps into more familiar territory, leaving behind the terrorist-extortion stories of The Golden Gate, Seawitch, Goodbye California, and Athabasca.

Unfortunately, despite double dealings and ex-Nazis, the story doesn't work. An okay story, but only for true fans. Alistair MacLean writes good, straightforward action stories, and he does it well. His characters are clear and well-drawn, his dialogue is smooth and snappy, and the plots are very exciting. There aren't any side plots, there's very little subtext, and everything is clearly explained in the end. In short, they're great page-turners, and this story is a great example.

Mar 29, Tim Ristow rated it liked it. Nice little jungle adventure story from Alistair Maclean! Gold, Nazi's, a group on a journey to a lost city, natives, traitors I kept picturing elements of this story as fitting into Indiana Jones 4. A great weekend read. Sep 11, Alistaire King rated it liked it. Read this many years ago and wasn't overly impressed. Have just finished re-reading and its better than I remember.

Ok it's not great literature or even one of MacLeans' best but it's an easy and enjoyable read. One word of warning, irrespective of whether you like the book or not, a film was made of this book and it is truly terrible. View all 4 comments. Jul 26, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book when I was younger and really enjoyed it a lot.

I read it again this time and still enjoyed it but not as much. There was no real sense of danger or adventure in this reading for me. It was a little monotone. But it was a nice fast read and the basic story was good. Sep 03, Satyavir Solanki rated it liked it. Good adventure novel on ww2 back ground, treasure looted by German SS men and Hamilton trail and adventurous walk to chase culprit in Brazil's jungle.

The novel has Alister Maclean's imprint on pace and fast sequences with last page story wrapping. A good read even in today time. Jul 28, P. Winn rated it really liked it. Search for a lost city in the Brazilian jungle. Follow Hamilton who says he knows the way to get to the place and a millionaire, Smith who heads to the lost city to try and right a wrong from the past.

The author knows how to tell an adventure story, check them all out. Jun 30, Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing.

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The jungles of Brazil have many hidden secrets. The millionaire calling himself Smith searches for a lost city where he hopes to avenge an incident from his hidden past.


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Along with Hamilton he will brave the dangers of the river and the jungle to reach their goals. Apr 30, Ronald Ward rated it it was amazing.

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The main character reminds of Clarke Gable. More mystery and intrigue than action, though when there is some it is well balanced, fitting. Different to his other books. Mar 29, Monte Lamb rated it liked it Shelves: Easy to read book on finding Nazis in South America. It is about one good afternoon's read and it is entertaining. May 13, Sidharth Aravinth rated it liked it. Bear Island shifted to Amazonian Jungles. Oct 03, Mike McLean rated it it was ok. This was an old paperback that I found lying around at home that I think my father-in-law gave me.

I thought I'd read it and then pass it on to the charity shop. The setting was interesting being in South America and the plot itself was also unusual, however, the story and the characters were formulaic. A relatively quick read that on the whole I was glad that I read the book but would not read it again or recommend it to friends. Oct 02, George K. Aug 08, Chinmay Hota rated it it was ok.

Some twenty years ago every Indian in South Asia knew how to start a Bajaj scooter that ran out of fuel midway. It was a simple trick of just reclining the engine side of the scooter towards the ground and allowing the residual fuel in the engine to flow to the required place.

It was a common sight on the roads those days. Reading River of Death brought back memories of Bajaj days as the book appeared to me as the outcome of a convoluted effort on the part of a legendary writer to run the show Some twenty years ago every Indian in South Asia knew how to start a Bajaj scooter that ran out of fuel midway. Reading River of Death brought back memories of Bajaj days as the book appeared to me as the outcome of a convoluted effort on the part of a legendary writer to run the show somehow with the fast-depleting creative juices.

So his endeavor could take the reader just up to the next fuel bunk, not on a joy ride. The novel has all the elements to build a great story with: Nazi history, a wartime heist, a stealthy escape from aerial bombardment, super wealthy guy planning for a jungle mission, a dangerous Amazon expedition, a helicopter crash, Indian tribes with their blowguns and poisonous darts, and a final commando action. What is more, the main protagonist has a personal heartbreak to goad him on. But these parts do not make a great whole and there is a discordant note throughout the narrative.

The story is highly predictable and not quite absorbing. River of Death lacks the life force that makes Alistair MacLean 's earlier novels such remarkable page turners. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Mirror by Graham Masterton. Mirror by Graham Masterton. It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul Martin Williams is a broke, two-bit screenwriter living in Hollywood, but when he finds the very mirror that once hung in the house of a murdered s child star, he happily spends all he has on it.

He has long obsessed over the tragic story of Boofuls, a beautiful and successful actor who was slaughtered and dismembered It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul He has long obsessed over the tragic story of Boofuls, a beautiful and successful actor who was slaughtered and dismembered by his grandmother. However, he soon discovers that this dream buy is in fact a living nightmare; the mirror was not only in Boofuls house, but witness to the death of this blond-haired and angelic child, which in turn has created a horrific and devastating portal to a hellish parallel universe.

But if a little boy has gone into the mirror, what on earth is going to come out? Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by Tor Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mirror , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 17, Addy rated it it was amazing.

I can't say how much I just devoured this book. I took it slow sometimes only because it's the kind of story you really want to enjoy.

It just had a mix of everything I look for in a horror book; humor, wtf moments, gore, religion, and characters I could really feel connected to. Not to mention some pretty creepy characters as well. Boofuls and pickle nearest the wind Plus a super freaky mirror! Who doesn't like a haunted artifact with a pretty gruesome history!?


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Based on thi I can't say how much I just devoured this book. Based on this book and another one I've read, I've noticed that Graham has a fascination with alternate realities which is pretty cool. I enjoy that kind of stuff. The ending wasn't as dramatic as I thought it would be but it was cleanly wrapped up. I would definitely recommend this as one you shouldn't miss if u are a true horror fan. Jul 26, Jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: Before I get into my review, let me give you the back story.

A couple of years later, my mother gave it away to one of Before I get into my review, let me give you the back story. So, you can see why my interest has been sparked for such a long time. Reading this book can be compared to getting that tingling sensation on the back of your neck times over. There were actually a couple of times I had to put the book down until later because things were getting too weird. The book suffers from one fatal flaw, however: Seriously, all that build up felt like a waste of time. Boofuls was no joke. Oct 12, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Mirror, What happens when you buy a piece of Hollywood memorabilia from a little old, innocent woman?

Boofuls happens, that what. This book was a great read. I usually find Graham Masterton to be hit or miss. This time he knocked it out of the ballpark. This is a creepy tale about a murdered childhood actor who wants his life back, and a poor unsuspecting down on his luck screenwriter who holds the key. The writing was simple, straightforward and to the point. This time around, Mr.

Masterton kep Mirror, What happens when you buy a piece of Hollywood memorabilia from a little old, innocent woman? Masterton kept me interested with every new page I turned. I do not find that to be the case with some of his other works. I wont mention titles It seems Masterton had Alice in Wonderland on the mind when he wrote this one. More like Alice in Demon Land. Horror and fantasy elements fill this book; the alternate worlds separated by the mirror give it this affect. If you have not read Graham Masterton, this would be a great one to start with.

He rarely gets better than this. He may have never written better than this. Aug 18, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: An absolute Masterton highlight and must read. I starts with the purchase of a mysterious mirror and the narrators obsession for a silent era child star named Boofuls. You have many references to the 80s and the main character, the child, has a strong resemblance to Damien Thorne of The Omen.

A novel you can't put down with many twists and many extremely eerie elements. Masterton at its very best. This book is definitely scary in that nerve-racking "is there someone behind me? For me, it wasn't as good as some of his other stories because there is a lot of anti-feline imagery and violence that I could have done without. Also, sometimes the protagonist needed a slap upside the head. However, the analysis of Through the Looking-Glass is amazing and, even though I'm not a fan of Alice in Wonderland , it makes me want to read that book.

So if you are a Lewis Carroll fan, I'd especially recommend reading this.

Mirror by Graham Masterton

Sep 13, DJMikeG rated it liked it. Wow, Masterton pulls out all the stops with this over top, simply batshit insane horror novel. Its a bit of a slow burn at first, but at around page things start to pick up and the insanity escalates and escalates until the end. I didn't rate it higher, because I did really enjoy this book, there is such a thing as just cramming too many ideas, too much carnage, too much insanity into pages of fiction. While I'm in awe of all the crazy, incredible things Masterton has crammed into this t Wow, Masterton pulls out all the stops with this over top, simply batshit insane horror novel.

While I'm in awe of all the crazy, incredible things Masterton has crammed into this thing, I'd have loved to maybe had a little more time to hang out with each crazy thing before the next one came barreling at me. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't, but at around page something huge is revealed. This huge thing could have been the climax of the novel and it would have been amazing. But, nope, Masterton either had too much espresso or too much cocaine or something that day and he manages to cram so much other stuff into this book AFTER what a normal author would have been happy with as a climax I like candy, but I don't want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, know what I'm sayin?

That said, this book was an absolute hoot to read and I recommend it to all fans of excessive s horror. May 25, Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing Shelves: I own this book in print! Which is a good thing since I am sure my friends will be clambering to read this book! This story is disturbing! It is one of the few that drained me to such a degree that I did not read it continually!

What I loved most was that the author turned on conventional wisdom and made the evil apparent from the get go! No questions regarding Martin's sanity! This evil is not shy! This turn about of the usual added to the creepimess factor and made me rethink all that I have know I own this book in print! This turn about of the usual added to the creepimess factor and made me rethink all that I have known about authors do's and dont's! Horror fans will love this but it is not for the faint of heart!

I loved this book so much I already bought a copy of another book of his for my Kindle! In my mind, Masterton is too much of a nasties-hack extrordinaire that I forget he is also a solid horror author and Mirror proves that. Contrary to most rushed novels by said author, Mirror is a great take on Lewis Caroll's novels, well-paced almost throughout there is a quick rush towards the end though , with the horror constantly building, a likeable protagonist and some supporting characters and a great villain. There is gruesome violence, but most of the horror comes out of the eerieness a In my mind, Masterton is too much of a nasties-hack extrordinaire that I forget he is also a solid horror author and Mirror proves that.

There is gruesome violence, but most of the horror comes out of the eerieness around the mirror of the title. Overall, one of the best Masterton novels out there. I wish there were more books of his that are so well realised Mar 25, Maciek rated it liked it Shelves: Mirror is an entertaining, though at times ridiculously cheesy and over the top horror novel from the 80's.

The story centers around a murdered child actor, who haunts guess what - a mirror. The idea is good, the novel suspensful and gory at times, but the character actions are completely ridiculous and ruin what could have been one of his best works. Jun 23, Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing. It doesn't get any better than this. Masterton has crafted the perfect horror novel with this harrowing tale about what exists on the other side of the MIRROR More detailed review in Bulgarian here: Dec 03, Bibliophile rated it really liked it.

This is what I hope for when I pick up a trashy horror novel with a ghastly cover.


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  • It has everything a reasonable person could want: This is my first Masterton, unless I've forgotten something. There seems to be a lot to choose from, going forward. I'll dip into the horror, but I think I'll stay away Delightful eighties horror! I'll dip into the horror, but I think I'll stay away from the sex instruction books Satan's penis in "The Mirror" was not enticing. To me, that sounds worse than the end of the world.

    One of my book addict friends and I decided to challenge each other every month by recommending a favorite book to each other which we then HAVE to read and finish that same month. So, for January, she challenged me to read this book by Graham Masterton, and though I had my doubts whether I was going to like this book as it was published in , I am happy to say that she made me read an absolutely brilliant book! Mirror is old-school horror at its best. Do you remember how terrifying that little boy was in the eighties horror movie, The Omen?

    Well Boofuls, the seven-year-old antagonist in this novel makes that boy look like a Catholic Church altar boy. There is nothing good about Boofuls. He is something a lot more nightmarish. Over and over again it subtly begs the question: Because how you see yourself in the mirror, is not necessarily a true reflection of the real you.

    The real you might actually be on the other side of the mirror image that is reflected back at you. And believe me, that may be something you might not want to see.