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The perilous situations, the self-possession and mental agility of the hero, and the sheer excitement of the plots have insured that these four grand novels enjoy a consistent demand. They remain as compelling today as they were when the busy public man who was John Buchan wrote them as a diversion in his spare time, a model for masters as diverse as Forsyth, Fleming, and Le Carre. And all four are present in this grand, 700-page package of nonstop excitement.
Posted August 5, 2004
These stories were some of the earliest of what became known as 'spy stories.' Buchan influenced modern writers like Ross Macdonald. He kept the suspense going until the final page. His hero, Richard Hannay, was one of the first protagainiststo explore the world of spying. The stories are period pieces but very well written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.