The Citadel of the Bats - Michael HastingsLondon: Macdonald, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the spine ends.
From the cover: “The Citadel Of The Bats is a tense and exciting story set in the Caribbean. An uninhabited island has a fantastic rock citadel, its caves occupied by a multitude of bats — or are they malevolent spirits? When a scientific expedition comes to the island it surely seems to fall under an evil spell and strong personal conflicts develop.
These antipathies increase when a freighter lands guns in preparation for a rebel invasion of a nearby country. A small garrison is put ashore, among it two unscrupulous mercenaries. The situation between the rebels and the scientists is so precariously balanced that dangerous incidents are inevitable. Affairs become even more inflammable when a hurricane-battered cabin cruiser seeks refuge. To the bolder spirits among the scientists it is clear that deliverance can come only by a revolt against the rebels. But how many of their own people can they trust?
The characters are alive, sharply contrasted. The twice-widowed Mrs. Lepidos with an ugly love for her fortune; her timid, brown-mouse companion destined to cherish the brief violence of her only experience of unsheltered life. The deceptively colourless Captain Daniels and his daughter, equally deceptive but far from colourless. Professor Milton, an arrogant man persisting stubbornly in honouring a broken agreement with the rebels. The waspish cameraman named Cayley, poles apart from the gentle Oscar Hoyer who is concerned only with the survival of his beloved flamingos which breed on the salt lake.
There is a climax of victory and tragedy, leaving one of the survivors with the thought that perhaps there is one more flamingo on the lake and one more bat flying out from the rock citadel into the night.”