Lethbridge-Stewart: Kiss of the Ice Maiden by Michael Sloan
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is in love.
Assigned to oversee the installation of a priceless exhibit for the British Museum in Vienna, Lethbridge-Stewart soon meets the intoxicating Melandre, a mysterious fashion model from Paris. Romance quickly blooms and they are soon going on a date, seemingly oblivious to the fact that someone, or something, is stalking Melandre.
Anne Travers, meanwhile, is helping out an old archaeologist friend on the Greek islands uncovering the remains of a mysterious race of giants. But that’s not all she uncovers. Soon an unexpected find leads her back to England, and an attack on the Fifth Operational Corps’ base at Imber.
Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne find themselves caught up in a mystery that goes back decades – maybe even centuries. The deadly Ice Maidens await, and they won’t be stopped. Which, for Lethbridge-Stewart, means a trip down memory lane to the Second World War, and an encounter with an orphan in the war-torn streets of London.
Sometimes love has a price. And Lethbridge-Stewart is about to learn, it’s a costly one!
Nothing beats reading a good story with hot sunny weather above you and a cold drink to the side. And that is how I spent most of the pages of the Lethbridge-Stewart special publication Kiss of the Ice Maiden by Michael Sloan, an author new to the series.
Alistair generally flies solo in this one, with some additional help from Ann Travers. UNIT and the Fifth are largely absent.
During an assignment to organize security at an Austrian museum, Alistair becomes lured by the feminine charms of Melandre, a high-fashion model in her twenties with exceeding beauty and loveliness. Ann is slightly skeptical of Melandre's charms and warns Alistair of her unnatural hold on him. And as they say, if it's too good to be true...
What was pleasantly surprising was the sudden shift from the early 1970s to 1943 London during German bombing runs. Fourteen-year-old Alistair is there with his parents, and gets separated from them. Alone, Alistair meets... a young teenage version of Melandre.
But how is that so when Melandre is only in her twenties nearly thirty years later? You will have to read this delightful novel to find out.
Because author Sloan has an extensive background in American TV shows and movies, it should come as no surprise that the pages read like the novelisation of a TV movie. The scenes cut quickly, there is no fat on the bone, and the locations are straight out of Bond films.
What was nice about having a new, but experienced, writer penning a book in the L-S series is the slightly fresh approach to the two characters, Alistair and Ann. Alistair shows a romantic side that perhaps many of our authors have been hesitant or nervous to do. And Ann becomes quite likable in this one. Instead of the cold, and at times tetchy, scientist, she actually comes across as a pleasant human being in this one.
One slight niggling concern I had was the isolated Greek village, unseen and unknown to outsiders, but most everyone we encounter speaks and understands English. Maybe, but maybe unlikely. Except in the world of TV!
A stand-alone novel, and one I enjoyed immensely.
About the Author
Michael Sloan worked for Glen Larson and wrote and produced the TV shows McCloud starring Dennis Weaver, Quincy starring Jack Klugman, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries starring Shaun Cassidy, the original Battlestar Galactica starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, and BJ and the Bear starring Greg Evigan. Michael was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the TV series Quincy.
Added to this, Michael wrote and produced The Equalizer starring Edward Woodward and The Man From U.N.C.L.E TV Movie starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and Patrick Macnee (of The Avengers fame), and three TV Movies based on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman TV series starring Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner and Richard Anderson.
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