The son of a minister, Alistair MacLean grew up in the Scottish Highlands and attended Hillhead High School in Glasgow. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and spent two years during World War II as a torpedo man on a cruiser. He returned to Scotland after the war to attend Glasgow University, where he graduated in 1953 with an honors degree in English. After finding work as a secondary-school teacher, MacLean began writing short stories, and when his first novel, "H. M. S. Ulysses" appeared in 1955 and became an instant success, he attained immediate notoriety. He went on to write many more bestsellers, such as "The Guns of Navarone" and "Where Eagles Dare", based on his experiences during World War II. An alcoholic in later years, MacLean died in Munich and was buried in Celigny, Switzerland. He left behind several unfinished works.
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Coded documents revealing the identities of every UNACO agent have been stolen, putting every agency life at risk?and the criminal mastermind is threatening to launch nuclear missiles if they refuse to cooperate| A major crisis threatens UNACO. In a terrifying attack at Lisbon airport a world-renowned cryptologist is captured, along with vital coded documents about the operations of this top-secret security organization. The UNACO team is immediately called in. Mike Graham, Sabrina Carver, and C.W. Whitlock find themselves in a desperate race to track down the files before they can be decoded. Before long, they realize they are dealing with one of the most successful and dangerous minds of the former Soviet Union?and they are under threat at home from someone with the power to blow their cover. With the clock ticking, can UNACO survive?|