Rogue Male

Rogue Male

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by Geoffrey Household
     
 

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1930-something: a professional hunter is passing through an unnamed Central European country that is in the thrall of a vicious dictator. The hunter wonders whether he can penetrate undetected into the dictator’s private compound. He does. He has the potential target in his sites and is wondering whether to pull the trigger when security catches up with him

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1930-something: a professional hunter is passing through an unnamed Central European country that is in the thrall of a vicious dictator. The hunter wonders whether he can penetrate undetected into the dictator’s private compound. He does. He has the potential target in his sites and is wondering whether to pull the trigger when security catches up with him. Imprisoned, tortured, doomed to a painful death, the hunter makes an extraordinary and harrowing escape, fleeing through enemy territory to the safety of his native England. But that safety is delusive: his pursuers will not be diverted from their revenge by national borders; the British government cannot protect him without seeming to endorse his deed. The hunter must flee society, and he goes literaly underground, like a fox to its earth. The hunter has become the hunted.

Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male is a classic thriller and a triumph of suspense. Described by Household as a “bastard offspring of Stevenson and Conrad,” the book is no less remarkable as an exploration of the lure of violence, the psychology of survivalism, and the call of the wild.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590174753
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
236,159
File size:
920 KB

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Household (1900—1988) was born in Bristol and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He worked all over the world, including Eastern Europe, the US, the Middle East and South America as, among other things, a banker, a salesman, and an encyclopedia writer. He served in British intelligence in World War II. His other works include A Rough Shoot, Watcher in the Shadows, Rogue Justice and an autobiography, Against the Wind.

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Rogue Male 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favourite books and one which I just can't help going back to again and again. The story is an intensely written, ultra realistic thriller. It is set in the 1930s and tells the story of a nameless 'English Gentlemen'who is caught trying to assasinate Adolf Hitler. He is badly tortured and left for dead but somehow, incredibly, he manages to escape and make his way back to England. Alas, the gestapo are very much on his trail and our resourceful hero is forced to literally disappear from the face of the earth. The hunter has now become the hunted... Some find the pace a bit slow - I did at first, but gradually once having got used to the old-english style of narrative the story becomes incredibly gripping and one can't help being hooked. Subsequent readings seem to enhance the reading experience still further. If you enjoy SAS/Fugitive stories of survival where a person stands alone against the world...then this is the book for you.
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