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The Best Alistair MacLean Books

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 341 voters 10.9k views28 items

List RulesVote for the Alistair MacLean novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Alistair MacLean books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Alistair MacLean is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. A Scottish writer, MacLean is known for his popular thrillers and adventure stories. He has also published work using the pen name Ian Stuart. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Alistair MacLean who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list ranges from The Dark Crusader to San Andreas, plus much more. What are Alistair MacLean's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    Ice Station Zebra

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1963

    First Published1963

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    83
    21

    Where Eagles Dare

    Alistair MacLean

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  • 3
    73
    14

    The Guns of Navarone

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1957

    First Published1957

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Novel

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    52
    8

    Night Without End

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1959

    First Published1959

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language, Norwegian Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language, Norwegian Language

  • 5
    49
    8

    The Satan Bug

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1962

    First Published1962

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    45
    9

    The Golden Rendezvous

    Alistair MacLean

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    51
    16

    HMS Ulysses

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1955

    First Published1955

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Novel

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    44
    11

    Fear is the Key

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1961

    First Published1961

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    45
    12

    Puppet on a Chain

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1969

    First Published1969

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    43
    10

    Circus

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1975

    First Published1975

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Spy fiction

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Spy fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    41
    9

    When Eight Bells Toll

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1966

    First Published1966

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    31
    9

    Bear Island

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1971

    First Published1971

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    34
    13

    South by Java Head

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1958

    First Published1958

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Novel

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    30
    9

    The Last Frontier

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1959

    First Published1959

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    29
    7

    Breakheart Pass

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1974

    First Published1974

    Genres (Book)Western, Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Western, Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16
    33
    12

    Force 10 From Navarone

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1968

    First Published1968

    Genres (Book)War novel

    Genres (Book)War novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17
    25
    7

    The Dark Crusader

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1961

    First Published1961

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Spy fiction, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Spy fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    30
    14

    Seawitch

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1977

    First Published1977

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    29
    15

    Caravan to Vaccarès

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1969

    First Published1969

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    18
    12

    Santorini

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1986

    First Published1986

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21
    15
    10

    Athabasca

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1980

    First Published1980

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    16
    12

    River of Death

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1981

    First Published1981

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23
    15
    11

    Partisans

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1982

    First Published1982

    Genres (Book)War novel

    Genres (Book)War novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 24
    12
    10

    The Way to Dusty Death

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1973

    First Published1973

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 25
    10
    9

    Goodbye California

    Alistair MacLean

    First Published1977

    First Published1977

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Original LanguageEnglish Language