Greenmantle

Greenmantle

by John Buchan
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Greenmantle by John Buchan

In Greenmantle (1916) Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot, Greenmantle himself, modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border to face their enemies-the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty Hilda von Einem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594562389
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies.

His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan's adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. 'Richard Hannay', 'Dickson McCunn' and 'Sir Edward Leithen' are three that reappear several times.

Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', featuring Hannay, for the big screen.

Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner's assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was working as a publisher with Nelson's. During the First World War Buchan was a correspondent at the Front for 'The Times', as well as being an officer in the Intelligence Corps and advisor to the War Cabinet.

Elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for one of the Scottish Universities' seats in 1927, he was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then, until his death in 1940, he served as Governor General of Canada, during which time he nevertheless managed to continue writing.

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Greenmantle 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Patarma6 More than 1 year ago
The slightly stylized grammar and sentence structure is fun and an interesting perspective of the writing of the period. Almost 100 years old but still a a good read. The Victorian/Edwardian setting is conveyed with subtly.
Lisa Talbott More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, easy to read WWI spy adventure... but this version has some pretty serious issues. At times so many letters are incorrect you almost feel you are reading in code. Also a few unreadable scanned pages. Go ahead and pay the $1 or $2 for a clean version.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Greenmantle was the second of John Buchan's Richard Hannay adventures. Although Hannay is often lumped into spy fiction, the story is more adventure than espionage. Buchan wrote this novel only a few months after the events that frame it took place. The cynicism that has enveloped most spy fiction since the 60s is lacking. Hannay and his band of adventurers risk their necks cheerfully, thinking of God and England. There is more character development than in The Thirty-nine Steps, the first story of the series. The plot still has holes and the characters seem to meet each other by coincidence just when it matters. However, the story has historical and literary value because it was written while WWI was still raging. What is especially noteworthy is Buchan's ability to rise above the anti-German propaganda of the time and even give the Kaiser a favorable cameo. The Muslim elements of the plot seem eerily 21st century a hundred years later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scary how prescient Buchan could be - what will happen if the Muslim world rises against the West. Set in Turkey after Gallipoli, and the West's greatest allies are the Russians.
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