Sunday, April 06, 2014

David McCallum's 6 best books

To an older generation, David McCallum is perhaps best known for his portrayal of U.N.C.L.E. agent Ilya Kuryakin in the hit TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). To a younger audience, he is best known for his character Dr. Donald "Duckie" Mallard on the hit CBS series, NCIS (2003).

One of McCallum's six best books, as shared with the Daily Express:
TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson

This was one of the best books I read in English lessons and with its heady mix of pirates, villains, shipwrecks and treasure is among the greatest adventure stories ever written.

I could identify with the main character, the young boy Jim Hawkins and I loved the way the writing conjured up such vivid images.
Read about another book on the list.

Treasure Island also appears on Bear Grylls's top ten list of adventure stories, Eoin Colfer's top 10 list of villains in fiction, Charlie Fletcher's top ten list of swashbuckling tales of derring-do, Robert McCrum's list of the ten best first lines in fiction, John Mullan's list of ten of the best pirates in fiction, and among Mal Peet's top ten books to read aloud, Philip Pullman's six best books, and Eoin Colfer's six favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue