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I usually enjoy books that are told by the hero or main character. Like, I did this and not, he did that. This book is written that way. I got this book for less than 4 dollars and consider it a little gem. It is a bit fantastic that so many people would chase this guy but still I suspended disbelief and just enjoyed it. It may not go down in the great books category, but it may go down in the great books category for four dollars.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is one of the (many) books I have loved. I read it first when I was about 12 and the plot and some of its scenes have lived in my head for a very long time.
It is very English.
It is very 30's.
It is very good.
It's Englishness and it's 30'sness mean that some of its language and some of its sensibilities will jar on many 21st century minds. Get over it. The point of historical texts is to let us see where we came from and this does that well.
The writing is clear and direct. The language is simple and the descriptions are concise. The story is simple in concept but deep enough to stay interesting.
It translates well to audio and Browne's narration is clear and without excessive characterisation.
This will make it to the repeat listen list with no problem.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The release of this book in audio is long overdue. Its clear to see the influence on modern thrillers as the action and themes are as relevant today as on first publication. The suspense and tension flow and grow to a crescendo and Robin Browne's excellent narration bring the very human feelings of the hero to life. Adventure thrillers don't come much better than this!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I was first drawn to this story when the BBC made a dramatised version of this on its drama radio. It is a great story about a bloke who was sent to assassinate a European leader to try to prevent a war (1939 - wonder who that could have been based on??). After the attempt fails, he escapes and returns home only to find thathe is "damaged goods" and without friends. Hunted by traitors within his own Government, he tries to disappear, hiding in the English countryside. His escape (from the foreign country), his living in hiding and his friendship with another lost sole (a ferral cat) and written in an "older language" (Beautifully English) where the fantastic, old ideal of British "fair play" comes to the fore makes for a brilliant story - I loved it and I hope you do too!!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful