Greenmantle

Greenmantle

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by John Buchan
     
 

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GREENMANTLE is just one of John Buchan's thirty novels. This one focuses around a political situation taking place in the Middle East. There is talk that the Germans and their Turkish allies are plotting to cause turmoil throughout the Muslim world.

Richard Hannay, resourceful soldier and occasional spy, heads off with his old comrade from Africa, Peter…  See more details below

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GREENMANTLE is just one of John Buchan's thirty novels. This one focuses around a political situation taking place in the Middle East. There is talk that the Germans and their Turkish allies are plotting to cause turmoil throughout the Muslim world.

Richard Hannay, resourceful soldier and occasional spy, heads off with his old comrade from Africa, Peter Pienaar. The plan is that the two of them will enter Germany via the Netherlands, psing as anti-British exiles anxious to fight on the side of Germany. The story tells how Hannay becomes separated from Peter and becomes seriously ill out in the country. Peter ends up in a German prison and the twists and turns go on from there.

Alfred Hitchcock actually preferred GREENMANTLE to THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS that he made into a movie. He never did get GREENMANTLE made, but he dearly wanted to do so.

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ISBN-13:
2940012379986
Publisher:
Timeless Classic Books
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
223 KB

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Greenmantle 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 24 reviews.
Patarma6 More than 1 year ago
The slightly stylized grammar and sentence structure is fun and an interesting perspective of the writing of the period. Almost 100 years old but still a a good read. The Victorian/Edwardian setting is conveyed with subtly.
Lisa Talbott More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, easy to read WWI spy adventure... but this version has some pretty serious issues. At times so many letters are incorrect you almost feel you are reading in code. Also a few unreadable scanned pages. Go ahead and pay the $1 or $2 for a clean version.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Greenmantle was the second of John Buchan's Richard Hannay adventures. Although Hannay is often lumped into spy fiction, the story is more adventure than espionage. Buchan wrote this novel only a few months after the events that frame it took place. The cynicism that has enveloped most spy fiction since the 60s is lacking. Hannay and his band of adventurers risk their necks cheerfully, thinking of God and England. There is more character development than in The Thirty-nine Steps, the first story of the series. The plot still has holes and the characters seem to meet each other by coincidence just when it matters. However, the story has historical and literary value because it was written while WWI was still raging. What is especially noteworthy is Buchan's ability to rise above the anti-German propaganda of the time and even give the Kaiser a favorable cameo. The Muslim elements of the plot seem eerily 21st century a hundred years later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scary how prescient Buchan could be - what will happen if the Muslim world rises against the West. Set in Turkey after Gallipoli, and the West's greatest allies are the Russians.
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