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The Thousand Coffins Affair

The Thousand Coffins Affair In Utangaville Africa it took two days In Spayerwood Scotland it happened overnight In each town the people suddenly turned into mindless babbling creatures who thrashed about wildly uttering w

  • Title: The Thousand Coffins Affair
  • Author: Michael Avallone
  • ISBN: 9781852838775
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Utangaville, Africa, it took two days In Spayerwood, Scotland, it happened overnight In each town, the people suddenly turned into mindless, babbling creatures who thrashed about wildly, uttering weird, half human cries, then died Doctors scientists were baffled as to the cause A sudden plague, some mysterious virus But to the members of the United Network C In Utangaville, Africa, it took two days In Spayerwood, Scotland, it happened overnight In each town, the people suddenly turned into mindless, babbling creatures who thrashed about wildly, uttering weird, half human cries, then died Doctors scientists were baffled as to the cause A sudden plague, some mysterious virus But to the members of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, there could be only one answer THRUSH had a deadly new weapon for world conquest.

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    1. Mr. Avallone said that he'd gotten a rotten deal from the publisher on the project. "I did it for a flat fee of $1,000 with a handshake deal to do the rest of the series," said Avallone in a 1989 interview. "Then Ace double-crossed everybody and they got follow-up writers to do the others. They sold it to 60 foreign countries.Avallone said he faced some minor editorial restrictions on the U.N.C.L.E. book, at the studio's insistence. The villainous organization of the book, Golgotha, was describe [...]

    2. Ever since I've watch the movie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I've wanted to read the books. FINALLY, I got to read book one out of this series.Now I didn't love or hate this book - I liked it, it was okay, more like meh to me really. I never watched the show growing up because well I wasn't alive then. However, I have seen the movie countless times and my dad did mention to me that he liked the show when he was growing up. So, I was like okay I'll try out the first book.The Thousand Coffins Affair w [...]

    3. THRUSH is nearing completion of a new super weapon that is capable of killing off whole cities in savage fashion. It’s chemical warfare at its finest. Napolean Solo, U.N.C.L.E.’s best agent is dispatched to deal with the crisis. This is the very first book in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel series and I’ve been itching to get to it ever since I finished watching all four seasons of the TV show a couple of weeks ago. I was heartened to learn that these books are not just reincarnations of spe [...]

    4. A lean and propulsive thriller telling the tale of Napoleon Solo and companions getting out of continuous deadly fixes in a quest to defeat the monstrous villain Golgotha, who has devised a chemical weapon that threatens the world. A quick and entertaining read; and that covers two of my most important criteria for a good book. Four stars.

    5. I hardly know where to start with this one. This is a book where the author has an immense attraction to the idea of American as a gung-ho nation of absolute brilliance (Uncle Sam, Solo. They all know we’re represented by the biggest country in the world and they’re impressed. Besides, the last bit of excitement around here must have been V-E Day). Meanwhile the Germans in the story are more often either snivelling peasants awed by the glory of their American conquerors or lingering Nazis (G [...]

    6. This was the first work by Avallone I ever read. Went on to pick up a lot of his works over the years. Still am.Probably written before the series ever aired, and certainly before the Illya Kuryakin character rose in popularity, it concerns a germ warfare plot by Thrush. one thing in chapter one, a dying U.N.C.L.E. agent frantically leaves a clue for agents that would follow relating to one of the Ellery Queen novels.

    7. Reconnected me with my past love of all things U.N.C.L.E.! Basic character development, but still enjoyed the reunion with Waverly, Solo and Kuryakin! Grabbing number 2! Also discovered that there will be a new U.N.C.L.E. feature film!

    8. A good fun bit of pulp, nothing too substantial but a very enjoyable bit of spin-off media. A couple of lines made me cringe, but only because they were a little dated and very much of it's genre. Ilya Kuryakin has a real bromance with Napoleon Solo that doesn't feel as strongly reciprocated, much like the women Solo works his way through! Solo is a smooth operator.I would have given it 4 stars, but while it was nice distraction I haven't been able to decide whether or not to continue reading th [...]

    9. A fast, well-paced read. Interesting enough to keep my attention, but not truly grippingI'm looking forward to reading more from the series, which I read some 20 years ago I think they were closer to the series and better stories too.

    10. Back in the 1960s (yes some of us who were around then are still alive) I was a huge fan of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. Following the adventures of Napoleon and Illya as often as possible (it was the days of antenna TV and fighting with my brother over TV rights) I was into the early stages of "Nerdom". I belonged to the fan club (fan is short for fanatic), I would grab anything with an U.N.C.L.E. tie in, I even had the U.N.C.L.E. Special gun. This was the end of my toy era. At the beginning of the [...]

    11. I read this/these when I was 13 or 14 years old (I've had an attack of nostalgia recently). I was a huge Man From U.N.C.L.E. fan, belonged to the fan club, had posters, I.Drd (for the fan club and of course a U.N.C.L.E. card [LOL:]), I built the scale modes of Napoleon and Illya (how many remember scale models of them?). i even had the early "action figures", not nearly so well made as the G.I.Joe of the same period.So, when Man From U.N.C.L.E. novels appeared, I snapped them up. Unfortunately w [...]

    12. I have had this book since I was 13 or 14, and only just got around to reading it, having no nostalgia for the Man from Uncle tv series, a show that aired before I was born and I had never seen on the limited channels available to me growing up. The cover didn't excite me, nothing about the exterior really piqued my interest. Only recently did I come to the realization this book might be enjoyable fir me, and I wanted to experience the writing of Mike Avallone, who I had been reading so much abo [...]

    13. Oh, this is painful! Laughably painful, but painful nonethelessI can't believe I read these books back in, what, junior high? All twenty of them -- plus the monthly magazine, each of which featured an even worse Man from U.N.C.L.E. "novella." Plotting is awful (which is to say, non-existent), writing is horrible and not only sexist but embarrassingly BAD sexist: "He was worn to the bone, and starved -- and Geraldine Terry had a splendid figure. She was nearly as tall as he but her chest measurem [...]

    14. If you're a fan of the show I think you'll enjoy this first novel. If you're a fan of the recent 2015 movie and have fallen into the TMFU fandom then you'll probably enjoy this novel. If you really enjoy 1960s pulp spy novels then you'll also probably enjoy this novel.If you're none of those things this may not be the book for you. I enjoyed it because I liked the small personal bits of information about Solo and Illya. Otherwise this read like someone took an episode script that was too expensi [...]

    15. If you grew up on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." television show, then this will be right up your alley. There were some two dozen novels written between 1965 and 1968. This was the first of the series and was written by the prolific Michael Avallone. It wasn't bad and is very reminiscent of many pulp adventures. Solo keeps getting into jams and finding ways out of those jams, battling THRUSH, and solving the mystery of a dead scientist who dressed himself backwards, all while managing to fall in lov [...]

    16. Please do not go by my rating. I read this book after watching the recent movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I have no right to comment negatively on this book, as it has managed to capture the hearts of a previous generation (that's what I understand from the comments of the others). But for me, it was painfully boring (in fact, I slept pretty easily, on the nights that I read this one), possibly because the technology is obsolete and outdated. Everything is so very easy and plain for a spy thrille [...]

    17. The first half of the book dragged on and on - the bits where Napoleon is all on his own are not at all engaging. But it picked up when Illya joined up with him, and overall I ended up being rather delighted with the dramatic finale. The villain was - well, terribly weird, though not necessarily the weirdest U.N.C.L.E. villain. I wish there'd been an explanation (or a better one, if I somehow missed it) of why exactly he had been skelefied but was still living. Overall not the best but enjoyable [...]

    18. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was able to acquire the first 11 in this series (minus #8), and I think at one time I had read all 10 books, but I don't remember much about any of them at this point. This one reads pretty much like a product of the 1960s, and like most of the based-on-TV or movie books of that time period. Small wonder, since Michael Avallone apparently wrote a great many of them. I'm looking forward trying the next couple and see if I like them any better. I must have [...]

    19. This is the first of many paperback novels from back in the day that provide further adventures featuring the agents of UNCLE. The plot in this deals with THRUSH obtaining the tools to engage in global biological warfare. Solo, through action and detective work does his best to stop them and the evil agent Golgotha before it is too late.Reading this book brought me back to seeing the Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball, and so I found this quick read an exciting diversion.

    20. This novel, the television show upon which it was based (1964-68) and the series of books which followed (1965-68) followed upon the popular success of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and their cinematic spin-offs (1962-present). Aged thirteen, I loved The Man from UNCLE show, particularly its ostensibly Russian co-star, but I was not much impressed by this, the first novel of the series based upon it.

    21. Astoundingly this manages to be more misogynistic than the actual show. While the show frequently has amazing and capable women Jerry Terry who had the potential to fall into a similar role ends up as the stereotypical damsel in distress with was too much emphasis placed on what her body looks like. Disappointing considering the source material

    22. It was a hoot going back and reading this again. The cold war mentality from the time that the book was written clearly shows through. The character development is not as strong as I remember other books being, so this was likely written very early in the first season of the show. The plot is thin, the dialog stilted, the writing is sub-par, but it's a lot of fun to go back and re-read these,

    23. Illya Kuryakin was my first love and the Man From U.N.C.L.E. a series I loved. I've had these books since they cost about 35 - 50 cents and I have the entire set plus one unpublished manuscript. I love this collection!

    24. The characters are thinly drawn and the rampant sexism in the book is off-putting. But it is admirably stylish in its prose (gritty in a noir-ish kind of way) and the plot is well paced like a good page-turner. It's not great literature but it's pretty entertaining.

    25. The first of the UNCLE novels, with flaws attendant. As Avallone failed to capture any of the characters, or, indeed, much of the show itself, the book is more of a generic piece of spy-fi than anything.

    26. Excellent book adaptation of the TV series. Great spy adventure book. This is how the CIA and FBI should operate. Recommended

    27. Quaint, 60s spy pulp, but a fun bit of nostalgia. I remember watching syndicated episodes of the series and I read some Ian Fleming as a teen. Par for its course.

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