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In this classic thriller, two American tourists find adventure than they bargained for when they get involved with Chinese gun smugglers and Muslim revolutionaries, learning first hand about the intrigue of the post colonial world.Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip, see some of the out of the way places But the cruise they were on waIn this classic thriller, two American tourists find adventure than they bargained for when they get involved with Chinese gun smugglers and Muslim revolutionaries, learning first hand about the intrigue of the post colonial world.Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip, see some of the out of the way places But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore So when the gracious Mr Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureaucratic detail involving a consignment of small arms, Greg is surprisingly receptive All he has to do is sign some papers, he s told, and he ll be paid a handsome fee And everything does go smoothly, until it comes to getting a check co signed by the rebel leader
Eric Ambler
Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early 1930s, and quickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John Le Carre once described him as the source on which we all draw Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm, then as a copywriter at an advertising agency, while in his spare time he worked on his ambition to become a playwright His first novel was published in 1936 and as his reputation as a novelist grew he turned to writing full time During the war he was seconded to the Army Film Unit, where he wrote, among other projects, The Way Ahead with Peter Ustinov He moved to Hollywood in 1957 and during his eleven years there scripted some memorable films, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Oscar nomination In a career spanning over sixty years, Eric Ambler wrote nineteen novels and was awarded the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for Passage of Arms in 1960 He was married to Joan Harrison, who wrote or co wrote many of Alfred Hitchcock s screenplays in fact Hitchcock organized their wedding Eric Ambler died in London in October 1998.

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Blaine DeSantis
Another highly enjoyable read from the Father of the Espionage genre! This time we are taken to 1959 and are treated to a plot that includes: captured weapons in Malaya, an American couple on a cruise, an Indian clerk who has dreams of building a vast bus and transportation company, a boring lady on a cruise (who may be a lesbian) and whom our cruise couple try to escape in Singapore, gun running, Muslim freedom fighters, Indonesian intrigue and a whole lot more and all in a mere 250 or so pages [...]

Bruce Beckham
Eric Ambler hit on an ingenious formula for his ‘thrillers’ – in which the hero is an amateur who unwittingly finds himself tangled with professionals in some web of intrigue – in ‘Passage of Arms’ this happens to be gunrunning (I guess the clue is in the title).It was published in 1959, and provides a tantalising contemporary insight into both the struggles for independence in post-war Southeast Asia, and the lives of wealthy travellers from the United States – for the book has no [...]

AC
Wonderfully intelligent, flawlessly constructed, deft (and believable) characterization. A bit like reading Le Carré in the careful insightfulness very British, to be sure though not as cragged as Le Carré.This book stands well with writers like Graham Greene (who's Quiet American is actually mentioned here in an amusing aside).

Thomas
A particularly satisfying Ambler.

Ed
The biggest problem with Ambler's books is that they are dated and read as if they are dated. Either the spy story genre has really improved or Ambler wasn't that great a writer in the first place.This story, originally published in 1959, involves the sale of a supply of arms left behind by a Communist Guerilla group in "Malaya" and discovered by an Indian supervisor on a rubber plantation prior to Malaysia's independence. The plot involves three Chinese brothers in Malaya, The Philippines and S [...]

Evan Thomas
My favorite of all Ambler's books. It is a rare picture of life in SE Asia after WWII and before Vietnam. The characters: good, bad, and ugly are worthy of empathy. It shocks the conscience that movies like the Tourist are made, yet this novel hasn't yet been made into a film.

Philip
In the late 1950's, Graham Greene and William Lederer gave us two classic novels of the Cold War in Southeast Asia, The Quiet American and The Ugly American. In Passage of Arms, Ambler in effect completes the trilogy with what could be called "The Stupid American," about an in-over-his-head Delaware businessman who gets sucked into an illicit arms deal between Malaya and Indonesia. This is frankly an odd little book, neither spy story nor thriller, although it's been classified as both. In reali [...]

Al
A nice little novel about cold war-era arms dealing in Indonesia, wherein an American tourist gets in over his head. This is not typical Ambler, in fact it reads a little like Nevil Shute, although without the feel-good hero and plot. The intricacies of the characters and dealings are sometimes a little hard to follow but one doesn't need to understand every word to enjoy the story.

Gabe
Pretty good overall. A product of its time in some ways (re: race, gender) but it does have some interesting insight into geopolitics in Malaysia and Indonesia at the time (interesting how some of the characters effectively function as stand-ins for their own country) and it's pretty well-plotted (some of the bank draft stuff went over my head but you kind of trust that it all adds up). Something less than a 4 but I rounded up.

Joseph W Caldwell
this is a very good read, you can put yourself in Nelson's place and sweat the details

Francis Pellow
How the story of drawn out small time arms deal could be made so thrilling and intense i don't know. a fantastic book.

Dfordoom
Although it appears as part of Pan’s Classic Crime series it’s really more spy thriller than crime thriller. Although Ambler was English the mood is closer to the cynicism and corruption of Hammett and Chandler than to English crime writers of that time. The British writer to whom Ambler is sometimes compared is Graham Greene, and the world Ambler scribes in this novel has more than a hint of Greeneland about it. While Hammett and Chandler focused on cynicism and corruption at the level of c [...]

Judy
Eric Ambler's 10th novel is the first one of his I have read. He is known for a recurring theme concerning an amateur who finds himself unwittingly mixed up with criminals or spies; that theme is in evidence here. Greg Nilsen and his wife Dorothy are taking their first vacation in years. He runs a small manufacturing company in Baltimore, MD.Wanting to visit out-of-the-way places so they can have adventures, they book a cruise in the South China Sea. Before long, Greg is bored and gets mixed up [...]

False
In this classic thriller, two American tourists find more adventure than they bargained for when they get involved with Chinese gun smugglers and Muslim revolutionaries, learning first hand about the intrigue of the post-colonial world.Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip, see some of the more out-of-the-way places. But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore. So when the gracious Mr. Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureau [...]

Ed
1959 Gold Dagger Award. Author Ambler's thrilling tale of a cache of arms discovered where they had been hidden by communist terrorists in Malaya. A rubber plantation clerk discovered them and started a multi-year odyssey to get them sold for enough to buy a bus and start a rural transportation. A quick moving and wonderfully told adventure story about the post-war period in the Far East.Non-series - Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip, see some of the more out-of-the [...]

Margaret1358 Joyce
As in The Siege of The Villa Lipp, the only other of Ambler's books that I've read so far, the writing is tight,the plot clever, and the action exciting.Similarly present is the writer's preoccupation with the moral reasoning of his characters when faced with life and death decisions. His bent is decidedly in favour of the person of conscience, yet not without irony, humour, and dollops of poetic justice. The setting is largely in Singapore, and to a lesser extent, 'Malaya' and Indonesia. The su [...]

Leslie
"All that Mr Wright, the rubber-estate manage, ever knew of the business was that an army patrol had ambushed a band of terrorists within a mile of his bungalow, that five months later his Indian clerk, Girija Krishnan, had reported the theft of three tarpaulins from the curing sheds, and that three years after that someone had removed the wheels from an old scooter belonging to one of his children. As it never occurred to him to look for a possible connection between the three incidents, he rem [...]

Perry Whitford
Passage of Arms is an apt title for this typically spare and cynical effort from Ambler, where people are less important than the movement of cargo. Ignorant Americans, arrogant Englishmen, inspired Indians, toughened Tamils, they all play a part in the shipment of illegal weapons across borders and bag men, destined to benefit someone, if only by imperfect design.A dry, wise yarn, still largely in tune with today's times. Something not too dissimilar, only with modern trappings, is probably hap [...]

Brendan
The story centers around the consummation of an international business trasaction, which in this instance happened to be a sizable stash of arms. Ambler is not passing judgement on whether it is "good" or "bad" although a subtle commentary can be gleened from some of the dialog. I really enjoyed this book and the steady writing and unfolding of the plot. Particularly notable is the extent to which the guy who discovered the arms goes to execute his business plan. Hidden in plain sight are also c [...]

Stuart
I read this book in 2010. It was written in the 1950's in the day's of the Malayan "emergency". So there were bound to be some differences in world view. But those were really negligible. If anything, it was the style of story that I was less used to; this one was told almost from the viewpoint of the arms in question, rather than any one person. So that was unusual. I wasn't crazy about the book, but it packed a lot into a relatively few pages.

Betty
Passage of Arms won the British Crime Writers Association's best novel award in 1959. Ambler deftly narrates this story from several points of view, following a cache of arms discovered in Malaya by an Indian who wants to sell them to start a bus company. Reads like a Graham Greene novel without the cynicism. Like all great caper novels, the ending clicks into place like a well-oiled lock while at the same time being unexpected. George Clooney, here is your next movie.

Mark McTague
If espionage/suspense thrillers are your cup of tea, you can't go wrong with Ambler. Any of his, but this is more than a suspense thriller. It's also a psychological study of self-delusion in the person of the protagonist, and a look at concepts of right and wrong. One might call it a prelude to The Quiet American, which is referenced in the novel. Clearly drawn characters, crisp pacing, realistic dialog. and alternating tension keeps you turning pages. A good summer read, if nothing else.

Mary Alice
Fun thriller about a naive American who agrees to help pass arms to anti Communist Muslim forces as he passes through Singapore. It's a bit much to believe that an intelligent American, and later his level-headed wife, can be soooooo bamboozled. But the story is a good rompd, believe it or not, it's not anti-American.

Nader Elhefnawy
Eric Ambler's novels typically begin with his protagonist agreeing to something that seems harmless enough to be worth a shot, but soon turns out to be massively stupid. This time around an American tourist couple get caught up in an arms deal in early Cold War Southeast Asia. Critics tend to slight Ambler's later works, but for me this one ranks among his very best (and certainly funniest).

Megan Dascoli
This is a fun, quick read by someone who has studied human nature. Ambler is the predecessor to LeCarre and Clancy. This is the first one I've read by him and it was very engrossing and it transported me to 1950's SE Asia. I cared what happened and was satisfied with the way it ended in a way that reminded me of eating a sweet morsel after a well cooked dinner.

Elizabeth
Not my usual choice of subject; arms dealing. However I really enjoyed this book until the last couple of chapters when a whole load of new characters were introduced and I lost interest in getting to know them.

Kate
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Jeffrey
Great! Considering its age, it still seems mostly relevant. Very well written in all regards. Looking forward to more of Ambler.

Ian Racey
Takes a long time to get where it's going, and once it gets there, there's very little "there" there. Final chapter was sweet and satisfying, though.

J.
Haven't read in too long, will revisit.

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