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There is a bit of the original John Buchan style in this new Richard Hannay story from Robert J. Harris, but only a bit. The plot is very sketchy and the nature of the 31 Kings puzzle is not really any puzzle at all, so Richard Hannay doesn't get the opportunity to figure it out in his own dogged way. Also he seems to have lost his ability to get himself out of the scrapes that he gets himself into and has become totally dependent on others rescuing him. There is a pleasing gathering of many of the favourite characters from the John Buchan stories, including the Gorbals Diehards. So overall, it was OK, but not of the standard of Buchan himself.
Too many “jolly hockey sticks” for me” but a typical good story and well read.