“Night of Error” by Desmond Bagley

In the early eighties, I couldn’t get enough of thrillers by the likes of Desmond Bagley and Alistair MacLean. Now they feel a little dated. This book was actually published posthumously despite being one of the first which Bagley wrote. It is okay, but not as good as his best (like “Flyaway“). I’m not sure the meaning of the title “Night of Error”.

Night of Error

Our hero is Mike, an oceanographer, whose brother died in mysterious circumstances on a remote Pacific atoll. Mike decides to investigate with a team of ex commandos and a wealthy businessman keen to exploit some manganese nodules rich in cobalt, which seem linked to the death.  The entourage set sail and pass through the Panama canal to the vast Pacific Ocean, a hazardous expedition made more so by ruthless South American rivals.

The exotic locales of Tahiti and Tonga are welcome on a dreary metro ride, but there isn’t a lot of description of the locales. I did learn far more about manganese nodules, which form on the ocean bed, than I ever wanted to know.

As the cover suggests there is a volcanic eruption, too.

My rating 3 out of 5


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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