The Thirty-Nine Steps

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A young mining engineer must elude both foreign agents and British authorities to save his own life and expose a plot with catastrophic implications for Britain.
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A young mining engineer must elude both foreign agents and British authorities to save his own life and expose a plot with catastrophic implications for Britain.
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Another hot new series from Penguin, "Great Books for Boys" offers a handful of top adventure stories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each volume sports a nice vintage-looking cover to complete the spell. Great fun (and girls can read them, too!).


—Michael Rogers
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John Buchan (1875-1940) was a Scottish novelist and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since that country's confederation. After a brief career in law, Buchan simultaneously began writing and his political and diplomatic career, serving as a private secretary to the colonial administrator of various colonies in Southern Africa, and eventually wrote propaganda for the British war effort in First World War. Once back in civilian life, Buchan was elected Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities, but spent most of his time on his writing career. He wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. He was in 1935 appointed as governor general by George V, king of Canada, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bennett, to replace the Earl of Bessborough as viceroy, and occupied that post until his death in 1940. Buchan proved to be enthusiastic about literacy, as well as the evolution of Canadian culture, and he received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the UK and interred at Elsfield, Oxfordshire.
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Table of Contents

1. The man who died; 2. The milkman sets out on his travels; 3. The adventure of the literary innkeeper; 4. The adventure of the Radical candidate; 5. The adventure of the spectacled roadman; 6. The adventure of the bald archaeologist; 7. The dry-fly fisherman; 8. The coming of the Black Stone; 9. The thirty-nine steps; 10. Various parties converging on the sea.

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    A pleasant surprise!

    There's always a risk stepping out of ones interests and I downloaded this book from a mail-order flyer in the mail.

    Turns out it was a good move. This book is part espionage and all intrigue that takes place in the months leading toward World War I in Great Britain.

    The main character is an uninspired resident of London who wishes he knew his grander purpose to provide spark and excitement in his life. Turns out he gets that in spades when he meets up with another person in his apartment and sets off on a whirlwind adventure.

    The plot itself isn't complex but absolutely interesting as the character zips around the countryside sorting out what to do.

    I found many of the author's lines to be very funny and intelligent.

    This was a Google download so brace yourself for random characters sprinkled with love throughout this otherwise very short book. ENJOY!

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