The Thirty Nine Steps

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Overview

John Buchan's groundbreaking espionage thriller featuring spy Richard Hannay has been called the first great spy novel. It has been embraced by each new generation and shows no sign of losing popularity.

Richard Hannay arrives in London on the eve of World War I, where he meets an American agent seeking help in stopping a political assassination. Before long, Hannay finds himself in possession of a little black book that holds the key to the ...
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The Thirty-Nine Steps

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Overview

John Buchan's groundbreaking espionage thriller featuring spy Richard Hannay has been called the first great spy novel. It has been embraced by each new generation and shows no sign of losing popularity.

Richard Hannay arrives in London on the eve of World War I, where he meets an American agent seeking help in stopping a political assassination. Before long, Hannay finds himself in possession of a little black book that holds the key to the conspiracy -- and on the run from both the police and members of a mysterious organization that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden.

The book has formed the basis for a number of film adaptations, notably: Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 version; a 1959 color remake; a 1978 version which is perhaps most faithful to the novel; and a 2008 version for British television.

*Includes British Espionage image gallery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781511744980
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2015
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875-1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2010

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    Read this for Classic Literature's sake

    This was a pretty short read (10 chapters) and I got through it pretty quickly. It was easy reading. I had seen the Alfred Hitchcock's version of the movie before I read it, so I went into it thinking there was a going to be a romance. WRONG! It wasn't anything like the movie (actually, I should say the movie wasn't anything like the book). I might have been improved by including a romance, but that's just from a woman's point of view (ha, ha!). Anyway, my overall impression of the book was that I didn't like it quite as well as I thought I was going to. You could really tell it was a dime novel. I didn't understand the complicated international secret and Scudder's code, mostly because the author lightly scimmed over that part (and that's the main part, right?). I kind of got bored with Hannay running around chapter after chapter. But the last three chapters redeem the rest of the book, I think. That was when I began to get interested and it grew more exciting. It's too bad Alfred Hitchcock didn't borrow a little more than the title and the main character's name and nothing else from the plot. Would I recommend another person to read it? Since it's a short read, I'd say go right ahead... just leave all expectations behind you.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2010

    39 Steps=great!

    This book was quite refreshing! It had a good plot with good charactors. A very easy, enjoyable read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    The 39 Steps

    I consider myself a very discerning fan of thrillers and mysteries, and for good reason. These genres are easily some of the most populated ones in literature today. As a result I have very high standards for these books based off of not only its writer's style, but the sheer uniqueness of the plot and characters. Overall, The Thirty-Nine Steps was a disappointment. I understand that it is a classic written nearly 90 years ago, but that is perhaps where it should stay...in the past.
    For its time, the plot would have been considered original, so I will refrain from judging the book by that element. I think what really turned me away from the book was the near in-human abilities of the bad guys of the story to always be on his tail. Hannay could have been lost in a forest and yet they would always be there chasing him. Also, the book just doesn't ever make the reader care about the characters or even feel the sense of thrill or intrigue. Pros: Classic story, short read and fluid language use. Cons: Dry, hardly thrilling at all and almost ridiculously predictable at points.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    This is SOME book

    I was amazed at the quick pace and wonderful storyline. They say this was the foundation for most spy thrillers. I can belive it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2014

    Well-written, fast-paced novel that stands the test of time.

    Well-written, fast-paced novel that stands the test of time.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

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    Highly Recommended Classic Thriller

    Superb spy thriller, filmed several times - once by Alfred Hitchcock - The Thirty-Nine Steps is worth reading even if you have seen one of the films as it surpasses its genre and stands on its own as a novel. Having read this book by John Buchan, my best bet is that you will go on to read more of his work..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    How can I tell anything about the book, when I could NOT get it

    How can I tell anything about the book, when I could NOT get it as a free book for Friday?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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