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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320501
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of Desmond Bagley's 108% action stories which tracks across a lot of territory (England, Ireland, Gibraltar) after Rearden, or the man called Rearden, who is hired by Mackintosh to lift some diamonds which will send him to jail where he can interest a circuit of escape artists called the Scarperers. In their hands he finds the confinement closer than the "nick," until he gets away and with Macintosh's daughter shuttles and shoots his way clear in an operation which has a much higher political ceiling. Breathe deeply and start counting - it's natty, peremptory stuff. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Desmond Bagley was born in 1923, in Kendal, a rural town in England's scenic Lake District. He left school aged fourteen and worked for a number of years in the aircraft industry before embarking on an adventure - travelling to South Africa by road and supporting himself along the way by working in gold and asbestos mines. Bagley spent the Fifties in South Africa, working as a freelance journalist and critic, before moving to Italy with his wife, Margaret, and then to Guernsey. His first novel, The Golden Keel, was based on a true story overheard by Bagley in a bar in Johannesburg, about Mussolini's vast personal riches and the men who went looking for it. It was published in 1963 to great acclaim and followed by a further fifteen popular adventure ovels. Bgley's career spanned two decades and his influence can be seen in the work of several highly respected thriller writers. When he died, in 1983, his final novel, Juggernaut, was completed by his wife.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stillwaters on May 14, 2002
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I hadn't heard of Desmond Bagley when I came across this book. What had attracted me to this book was a comment by a critic that this book puts Bagley into Alistair Maclean's category. Personally I think this book far exceeds anything that Maclean ever wrote. An amazing plot that stays with you forever !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shana Banana on September 3, 2009
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It is great that these books are back in print. Freedom Trap, Running Blind, Landslide and Snow Tiger are the best.

It would be nicer if they were available for Kindle. Hint, hint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darth Imperius on March 3, 2008
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Wow, Desmond Bagley is good! This was my first novel by this author, but definitely not the last. "The Freedom Trap" is a taut, unpredictable, totally absorbing story about a top-secret operation to take down an organized crime ring and a Russian spy in one stroke. There are twists and turns, an international chase, intense action scenes and a larger conspiracy as the story unfolds. Bagley was definitely a master of the thriller genre in the British tradition of Ian Fleming and Alistair Maclean, with a very polished and vivid style of writing. His influence on popular writers like DeMille, Ludlum and Follett is clear--but where they might take four or five hundred pages to tell a story, Bagley does it in 250. This makes for a very lean, fast-paced novel, which I found impossible to put down. If you haven't tried this author, do yourself a favor and get some of his books. Absolutely top shelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Jin on October 20, 2009
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'The Freedom Trap' is a sort-of sequel to Bagley's previous thriller 'Running Blind', and in many ways is a similar book. In fact, the beginnings of both books are almost the same; the hero carrying out a "simple" job which goes wrong, and who may or may not have been sold out by his superior. However, while 'Running Blind' was a fairly straightforward thriller, 'The Freedom Trap' takes a number of twists and turns, tells a more interesting story, and has stronger, more memorable characters. In my view, it is a stronger book than its predecessor.

With a book like this, it's best not to reveal many details about the plot. Suffice to say it continues the story of its predecessor's antagonist, Slade. Although now languishing in prison after being outed as a double agent, there are those who are still very interested in Slade, for different reasons. I was actually quite surprised by Slade in this book; from the ruthless villain of 'Running Blind', Slade cuts a more diminished, almost pathetic figure here. While certainly not a protagonist, there is some sympathy for him and his predicament.

The protagonist of this book is similar to Stewart from 'Running Blind', although they share a similar flaw in that they are a bit too 'cool' for their own good. Mackintosh plays a small but important role in the story, as the superior who has possibly betrayed the hero. However, the best character here is the enigmatic "Mrs Smith"; she is an unbelievably cool and capable thriller heroine. Bagley's heroines tended to be a bit more resourceful than those of Alistair Maclean, say (not that that's saying much), and Smith is the best of them. The true antagonists are only rarely seen, and as individuals are not really that important to the story.
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