Mr. Standfast (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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John Buchan founded the modern day spy thriller, inspiring Ian Fleming and his James Bond character. In this World War I adventure, now Brigadier-General Richard Hannay, the hero of Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps, is called from the Western Front to pose as a pacifist. His mission: to ferret out a deadly German spy at large in Europe.

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Mr. Standfast (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview


John Buchan founded the modern day spy thriller, inspiring Ian Fleming and his James Bond character. In this World War I adventure, now Brigadier-General Richard Hannay, the hero of Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps, is called from the Western Front to pose as a pacifist. His mission: to ferret out a deadly German spy at large in Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411458727
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 889,516
  • File size: 388 KB

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John Buchan (1875-1940), first Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist and member of Parliament, who served as the Governor General of Canada.  He wrote many novels as well as books on politics, history, biography, and criticism. But he is best known for his suspense novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    Richard Hannay, WWI-era British secret agent, saves the day

    Many spy novels follow the formula set down by John Buchan at the end of WWI - exotic locations, powerful and dangerous enemies, damsels in distress, and secret plots to dominate the world. Buchan's fictitious protagonist, South African Richard Hannay, once did a job for His Majesty's gov't before the war. Now, they've asked for his help again. Hannay is tasked with going undercover to penetrate a nest of peaceful war objectors to ferret out its suspected German ringleaders. Before long, thanks to Hannay's speaking skills, he is accepted into their group as a persuasive, but simple, speaker. Trailing mysterious figures across the English and Scottish countrysides, literally running into war movie film sets, and escaping on the wings of the wind are just part and parcel of being a secret agent deep undercover. Wanted by both German agents and the local police forces, Hannay may be the hunted, but he is still their hunter as well. However, despite busting the ring and foiling their plan the evil ringleader, Gresson, gets away. And so Hannay returns to his job in the army rising to brigadier general when he receives the call to secret service again. This time Gresson lurks much closer behind the French lines, but remains carefully hidden. Only his saboteur agents seem to be leaving their mark. Hannay amazingly encounters Mary - his true love - breaking into the same suspicious looking chateau as he. Together they join forces to break up Gresson's fiendish plot before it is sprung. However, Hannay is tricked and Mary is captured. Again, like many spy novels after it, the hero is imprisoned in a diabolical way with the villain leaving the hero unattended. However, like always the hero manages to break free, just. In the mountains of Switzerland there still remain a few twists and turn yet to remain. The action in the book is fairly fast-moving, but the characters are purely two-dimensional and the plot is highly predictable. Just like a 007 movie. Reading the book, though, I wasn't able to really get into it, except for a few of the scenes in the first half of the book and the Swiss episode in the last half. A much better series that takes place in the same era is Reilly: Ace of Spies, who is a British spy working in Wilhelmine Germany. Overall, this is a decent book, which serves as a prototype of many spy novels thereafter, especially the sexier James Bond series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    good reading

    an exelent old style mistery good reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Unedited scan

    Avoid this edition. The uncorrected OCRed scan is virtually unreadable.

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