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Someone has stolen the world’s most famous painting and replaced it with a fake. When the mission looks impossible, the world calls upon UNACO. After lengthy negotiations the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam agrees to send its priceless Rembrandt, ‘Night Watch’, on a tour of the world’s art galleries. Security is intensive. Even so, when the painting arrives in New York it is disco Someone has stolen the world’s most famous painting and replaced it with a fake. When the mission looks impossible, the world calls upon UNACO. After lengthy negotiations the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam agrees to send its priceless Rembrandt, ‘Night Watch’, on a tour of the world’s art galleries. Security is intensive. Even so, when the painting arrives in New York it is discovered to be a fake. UNACO is immediately called into action. Agents Mike Graham, C.W. Whitlock and Sabrina Carver must find out who is responsible for the brilliant forgery and, most important, who now has the original in his private collection. Speed and secrecy are vital. The hunt leads them to Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time, where their quarry is secure in his mountain fortress, high above the sea…


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Someone has stolen the world’s most famous painting and replaced it with a fake. When the mission looks impossible, the world calls upon UNACO. After lengthy negotiations the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam agrees to send its priceless Rembrandt, ‘Night Watch’, on a tour of the world’s art galleries. Security is intensive. Even so, when the painting arrives in New York it is disco Someone has stolen the world’s most famous painting and replaced it with a fake. When the mission looks impossible, the world calls upon UNACO. After lengthy negotiations the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam agrees to send its priceless Rembrandt, ‘Night Watch’, on a tour of the world’s art galleries. Security is intensive. Even so, when the painting arrives in New York it is discovered to be a fake. UNACO is immediately called into action. Agents Mike Graham, C.W. Whitlock and Sabrina Carver must find out who is responsible for the brilliant forgery and, most important, who now has the original in his private collection. Speed and secrecy are vital. The hunt leads them to Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time, where their quarry is secure in his mountain fortress, high above the sea…

30 review for Alistair MacLean's Der Rembrandt-Deal

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Winsett

    Though titled "Alistair MacLean's Night Watch" the book was written by Alastair MacNeill after MacLean's death using an outline by left by MacLean. Because of my recent return to old favorites (I recently read and reviewed Ed McBain's "The Last Dance") I picked up "Night Watch", as MacLean was always reliable when I read him in the past. MacNeill did an adequate job of keeping the tone and the feel of MacLean's earlier books - action, interesting characters, a complex plot and international intr Though titled "Alistair MacLean's Night Watch" the book was written by Alastair MacNeill after MacLean's death using an outline by left by MacLean. Because of my recent return to old favorites (I recently read and reviewed Ed McBain's "The Last Dance") I picked up "Night Watch", as MacLean was always reliable when I read him in the past. MacNeill did an adequate job of keeping the tone and the feel of MacLean's earlier books - action, interesting characters, a complex plot and international intrigue. The book begins with the theft of Rembrandt's painting "Night Watch" (0riginally titled "Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq" but that would never fit on a book cover). As there is uncertainty about exactly when and where the theft occurred during the painting's journey to various museums around the globe, Special Agents of an esoteric and secret government agency are sent to recover the original and return it to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Of course that's not an easy task as (of course) the agents are each dealing with personal problems and distractions; and also there are many operatives involved in the painting's theft who are working on their own schemes. Other agents are drafted to help and things become more and more complex. It's not vintage Alistair MacLean, but "Night Watch" is enough like his writing style to be serviceable for those who miss his action and intrigue filled novels. The exploits and surprises continue until the final page. Note: The book was written in 1989 and some of the language, stereotypes and idioms of the day could likely be off putting to new readers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ross McClintock

    This one comes from the classic writing style of "oh and next this crazy thing happens" that suckers me in so often. The plot? GLAD you asked, the United Nations Anti Crime Organization (oh hell yeah!) has to investigate a stolen Rembrandt painting (the eponymous "Night Watch") that had been replaced by a nearly perfect duplicate. I know some people didn't care for this, due to the fact that Alistair MacLean only did the outline, but any astute reader could tell that it wasn't him from the get g This one comes from the classic writing style of "oh and next this crazy thing happens" that suckers me in so often. The plot? GLAD you asked, the United Nations Anti Crime Organization (oh hell yeah!) has to investigate a stolen Rembrandt painting (the eponymous "Night Watch") that had been replaced by a nearly perfect duplicate. I know some people didn't care for this, due to the fact that Alistair MacLean only did the outline, but any astute reader could tell that it wasn't him from the get go. (Americans don't talk like British people, no traitors in the midst, the plotting makes no sense, etc...) I enjoyed this for the wildness more than anything. The characters are all over the place, you have the loose cannon, the lady who may be into him, and the vet of the group whose marital problems are apparently affecting his work so bad he can barely function. But all of their motivations change from scene to scene, and you have to imagine it's the same with the other UNACO books-just with the same dynamic. (Oh, you KNOW there's more) And somehow a book about a stolen painting in Holland leads to hang gliding uzi fights, and shark attacks in Brazil. So, you gotta give the authors credit for that! This is like the book version of a Cannon Films movie-which really that should tell you if it's for you or not

  3. 4 out of 5

    Millstone

    Showed its film script origins too clearly to bear comparison with Alistair MacLean's original novels. I haven't seen the screen version, but it read as though it was three episodes of NCIS Los Angeles stitched together with ongoing characters and a higher suppression of reality ratio than the MacLean branding was associated with. Showed its film script origins too clearly to bear comparison with Alistair MacLean's original novels. I haven't seen the screen version, but it read as though it was three episodes of NCIS Los Angeles stitched together with ongoing characters and a higher suppression of reality ratio than the MacLean branding was associated with.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    This has a great plot, and promise. I think it was poorly carried out. I found that it was devolving toward the end to what can we find to put another curve in the book, but they did not enlarge on the story. Very disappointing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wwwww

    fuck

  6. 4 out of 5

    Petar Petrov

    Good old 007 story, бай да уей, корицата и описанието са омешани с едноименната книга на Тери Пратчет?!?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    What I learned from this book: Never, ever trust a man named Drago. Not my favorite MacLean, but a good quick read for a long weekend. Lots of character names to remember, several Russian. Classic CIA/KGB cold war era plotline. Considerably less drinking than normal - you can tell the dialogue, etc was not written by MacLean.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Suspense

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vimal Iruvanti

  10. 5 out of 5

    James Michael Gerard

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Murphy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michele Rimmer

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victor Daniel

  14. 4 out of 5

    SWDY

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Sturgeon

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Young

  17. 5 out of 5

    Naveen Gupta

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Nickols

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adis Dewi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Merry Shrier

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisbeth Kvisten

  22. 4 out of 5

    Horatio Stone

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suze Verbruggen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Moe

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ron

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roy

  27. 5 out of 5

    M R

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eoghan O'flaherty

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonas Kurén

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bette Jones

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