Bear Island
Ref: 2713
Published: 1971


A converted fishing trawler, Morning Rose carries a movie-making crew across the Barents Sea to isolated Bear Island, well above the Arctic Circle, for some on-location filming, but the script is a secret known only to the producer and screenwriter.

En route, members of the movie crew and ship's company begin to die under mysterious circumstances. The crew's doctor, Marlowe, finds himself enmeshed in a violent, multi-layered plot in which very few of the persons aboard are whom they claim to be.

Marlowe's efforts to unravel the plot become even more complicated once the movie crew is deposited ashore on Bear Island, beyond the reach of the law or outside help. The murders continue ashore, and Marlowe, who is not what he seems to be either, discovers they may be related to some forgotten events of the Second World War.

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Bear Island (novel)
1971 novel by Alistair MacLean

Bear Island is a thriller novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean. Originally published in 1971 with a cover by Norman Weaver, it was the last of MacLean's novels to be written in first-person narrative. This novel is a murder mystery with the added twist that the scene of the crimes is Bear Island, an island in the Svalbard archipelago of the Norwegian Arctic.

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Films of Bear Island

1979Bear Island Parental guidance 5.9

A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate.

118mDirector: Don SharpWriter: David Butler (screenplay), Don Sharp (screenplay), Murray Smith (additional material), Alistair MacLean (based on the novel by)Actors: Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher LeeLanguage: EnglishGenre: Action, Adventure, MysteryFormat: movieUKCanada

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2014-08-06 Bear Island by Alistair MacLean (1971) Books & Books Simon