The Elusive Pimpernel

The Elusive Pimpernel

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by Baroness Orczy
     
 

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<I>The Elusive Pimpernel</I> continues the enthralling escapades of Baroness Orczy's glamorous heroine and rakehell hero. Only months after being outwitted by Percy Blakeney in <I>The Scarlet Pimpernel</I>, Chauvelin of the secret police concocts a cunning plan to catch the Scarlet Pimpernel in France, using Marguerite as bait. It's 1793, the…  See more details below

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<I>The Elusive Pimpernel</I> continues the enthralling escapades of Baroness Orczy's glamorous heroine and rakehell hero. Only months after being outwitted by Percy Blakeney in <I>The Scarlet Pimpernel</I>, Chauvelin of the secret police concocts a cunning plan to catch the Scarlet Pimpernel in France, using Marguerite as bait. It's 1793, the Terror is at its height! Heads are rolling like ripe cabbages! All Paris is seething with revolutionary fervor and hatred for the legendary Pimpernel, who dares pluck the hated aristocrats from the very jaws of the guillotine. And all Paris knows the Pimpernel is the thrice-damned British aristo, Sir Percy Blakeney! If found, he is to be marched to Madam Guillotine, if he isn't torn to pieces by an enraged mob first. But when Chauvelin insults Lady Blakeney and challenges Sir Percy to a duel in France before the Prince of Wales and all the British court, what can a cavalier do but accept? And when her husband sets sail for Europe, what can Marguerite do but follow, determined to avert, or share, her husband's fate! Chauvelin licks his lips, stations his men and waits; he has no intention of fighting any duel. The lovers will be trapped in the midst of a nation of enemies--with no hope of escape! Don't miss this heart-stopping sequel to one of the world's most beloved novels. Introduction by Jean Marie Stine.

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ISBN-13:
2940000075715
Publisher:
Renaissance E Books
Publication date:
06/06/2003
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
596 KB

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The Elusive Pimpernel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books i have ever read!!!!! It tells of the true devotion Sir Percy has for his wife. This is probably the best love story i have ever read. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed throughout the whole story! I thought that it was so funny how the Scarlet Pimpernel acted. I've read practically the whole series of the Scarlet Pimpernel but none of them are as funny as this one. The whole series is well made, entertaining and fun, but not as funny as this one. Read it. You won't regret it.
Magdalena25 More than 1 year ago
Very romantic and intriguing. I had no idea how in the world the Pimpernel was going to get out of the web that Chauvelin set up for him, but of course he always outwits the ex-ambassador. I enjoy the Scarlet Pimpernel adventures very much and think that Baroness Orczy had such a wonderful imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! The perfect sequel to THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL! It has everything the first book contained: adventure, romance, wit, and suspense. If you enjoyed THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL at all, you should rad this sequel containing the same characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the adventure and romance kept me on the edge of my seat duing the whole book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really romantic
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theokester More than 1 year ago
This is my second foray into Pimpernel literature. This is actually the third book chronologically. I'm not sure yet how episodic the story works out...this is evidently taking place after the first novel but I didn't feel like I missed out on anything by skipping the second book. It also didn't really feel like much would have been missed by skipping the first book (although the first did involve more character development of the core characters). I would recommend reading the first novel first, especially if you know nothing about the Pimpernel story, but I don't think it's vital. This Pimpernel adventure was a fun read and well worth reading. Orczy's writing style is fluid and easy to read and follow and her characters are vivid and interesting. The plot of this book was very intriguing. The Pimpernel is pitted against his enemy from the first novel, the French agent Chauvelin. Chauvelin has been given one final chance from Robespierre to catch the Pimpernell with the ultimatum that the world will either be rid of the Pimpernel or Chauvelin by the end of the adventure. The plot that Chauvelin comes up with to capture the Pimpernel is fairly diabolical and truly seems foolproof. It stands as evidence of Orczy's creative ingenuity and the fullness of her characters, especially as each intricate detail plays out. It exposes Chauvelin's arrogance and his prideful desire for personal and lasting vengeance. I was very satisfied with the machinations of the plot until I realized that the remaining pages were growing few and I began to anticipate a potentially dissatisfying ending. Upon finally reaching the climactic wrap up to the adventure, I admit to being somewhat disappointed in the way things played out. Though honestly, I expected an even worse ending based on how tightly she had tied the net around our hero. I saw little hope for an exciting and viable escape (and I doubt it's any spoiler to anyone that the hero had to escape). The solution provided wasn't entirely satisfactory in my mind, but it worked out well enough, especially considering the era in which the events took place. Before I wrap up this report, I want to comment on one of the things that this novel does that I especially enjoy. In many of the novels I've read, the central heroic character is very close to the reader. We are often either right on the shoulder or even within the head of our heroic protagonist. However, in the case of Pimpernel, Orczy plays with this concept and puts us inside the head of many of the peripheral characters, even some of the very minor characters, but never lets us truly get inside the mind of the titular hero. It reminds me vaguely of the way Conan Doyle keeps us from directly knowing the inner workings of Holmes' mind. In the same way, we find ourself aligned closely with Marguerite's fears and Chauvelin's scheming, but we never align ourselves directly with the heroic thoughts of the Pimpernel. This adds to the suspense in wondering just how he could possibly escape the tightly woven trap laid for him. I think I enjoyed this book better than the first Pimpernel story, but they were both a lot of fun. I hope to be able to track down more of them to read. They're a great bit of fun for any fan of historical adventure combined with a touch of humor.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. And since these (I got 4 Pimpernel stories) were free, it understandable that the quality would be poor. I don't think anyone bothered to check to see what kind of text they were getting when the books were scanned. I read all of I Will Repay, but reading is hardly how I would describe it. One must literally translate the words because the OCR did not work. It is very worth the 99 cents to get a clean copy.