River of Death

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River of Death
Alistair Maclean – River of Death.jpg
First edition (UK)
Author Alistair MacLean
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Thriller Novel
Publisher Collins (UK)
Doubleday (US)
Publication date
1981
Media type Print
Pages 215 pp.
ISBN 0-449-20058-2
OCLC 9470816
Preceded by Athabasca
Followed by Partisans

River of Death is a novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, first published in 1981. As with most of MacLean's novels, it depicts adventure, treachery, and murder in an unforgiving environment, but is set this time in the steamy jungles of South America instead of above the Arctic Circle.

Plot introduction[edit]

In 1945, with the Allies approaching, two German officers ransack a monastery in Greece and make plans to escape with the loot. However, one of the Germans is left behind by his partner, while the other escapes by submarine from Wilhelmshaven. Forty years elapse, a wealthy millionaire, Smith, hires Hamilton, allegedly an expert on the jungle, to lead him to the ruins of a lost Indian civilization recently discovered in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle in Brazil. The entourage faces giant anacondas, giant spiders (only mentioned in a conversation), cannibalistic natives, and so on, discovering a settlement of Nazi war criminals and their descendants, living as if the Third Reich had never ended. It is soon clear that Smith's real purpose has little to do with archaeology, and more to do with revenge.

Film adaptation[edit]

River of Death was made into a movie in 1989, directed by Steve Carver, and starring Michael Dudikoff, Robert Vaughn, and Donald Pleasence.

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