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El Dorado (The Scarlet Pimpernel (chronological order) #8)

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Sequel to the classic adventure tale The Scarlet Pimpernel, this suspenseful story unfolds against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 30th 2008 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1913)
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Leah Good
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive into another adventure with Sir and Lady Blakeney! Don’t ask me what a Spanish sounding title has to do with a story of the French Revolution. I haven’t figured it out yet. Anyway, here is the review.

Only one thing matters more to Sir Percy Blakeney than his wife, Marguerite. His honor. And his honor is bound to his newest mission. The French revolutionaries hold their young prince captive. The young Dauphin’s life is in danger, and Sir Percy (also know
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jillian nessie
So. This book. Hmm. I could have, would have, should have liked it better. I'm quite disappointed in myself for not. Perhaps if I had just blazed through it in two days like I did with The Scarlet Pimpernel I would have enjoyed it more. As it is, it took me the better part of 3 weeks to read. I'm still trying to figure out why. Was it that the first half mainly centered on Armand? Apparently, I have no tolerance for Armand. He's just so insufferably stupid. And that Percy was in prison (can you ...more
Amy
Feb 01, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detection-club
Baroness Emmuska Orczy could probably have written this entire story using a quarter of the words. She likes long, descriptive pasages where sinews nearly break with passion. El Dorado was a good story, maybe even one of the better ones, but not totally my favorite. It was nice having some more of Margurite. I just got a little annoyed with Sir Percy, though. He's always running off and saving people and ignoring his poor wife. He wasn't at his best in this book.
Otherwise, another rollicking adv
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Ann
Oct 03, 2007 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite of the three Scarlet Pimpernel books I've read, simply because we get to see more of the inner workings of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and also several chapters center around a young, kind (but too impulsive) member of the league.

Set during the French Revolution, the Scarlet Pimpernel and his league make it their priority to help innocent people escape from France. I can’t say how historically accurate the books are, but they are an interesting, mystery-like read. And though I fi
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Tricia Mingerink
I loved this book just as much as the first one! The beginning is a little slower, and Armond drove me nuts. While I could see why he got everyone into so much trouble, it also earned a lot of forehead slapping because it was so obviously the wrong choice. Once the POV mostly switched over to Marguerite, the pace picked up. Once again, the Scarlet Pimpernel pulls off a daring rescue even while it seems impossible for him to escape. There was a little more language in this book than the first one ...more
Hope
Nov 11, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the title, El Dorado, you would never know this is the sequel to one of my favorite books, The Scarlet Pimpernel. The opening chapters were slow, but the story soon picks up speed.

The first half of the book is about Armand, brother-in-law and fellow conspirator to Percy Blakeney (a.k.a. the Scarlet Pimpernel). He makes some foolish choices that jeopardize the Pimpernel’s plans to free the heir to the French throne from prison. Blakeney steps in to save the day and when he makes his appeara
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Eva Schon
Feb 19, 2014 Eva Schon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books, classics
A popular sequel to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel, this suspenseful story unfolds against the backdrop of the French Revolution. An irresistible blend of political intrigue, colorful period detail, and vibrant characterizations, it recounts the mysterious Pimpernel's attempts to rescue the young Dauphin from imprisonment. [This summary doesn't do the book justice at all, but don't go and read Wikipedia's summary - it's full of spoilers]
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Ben Iverson
Jul 11, 2013 Ben Iverson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
This is the kind of fun, light-hearted book that I have a hard time putting down once I start. I'm a sucker for intrigue and twisting plots, and this has plenty of those. My only complaint is that it might be a bit over-dramatic at points, but you have to expect that with these kind of books. Overall, a very worthy sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, and if you liked the first one you should pick this up as well.
Tanya
Mar 17, 2010 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much. The only reason I gave it four stars is I would have rather had more of the Percy and less of Armand. When Percy is involved it is great fun trying to figure out what is going on in his mind. Armand on the other hand is whiny and irritating beyond belief. Then he does need to be that other side of the coin, not all men can be a Percy after all.
Janelle
The start was rather slow, and yes Armand is an incredibly annoying and immature main character. It's hard to resist the urge to throttle him. But the second half of the story more than makes up for this. It's a great adventure story that I'm sure I will return to again.
Daniel
One of the best Pimpernel books I've read yet. Sir Percy pulls an incredible yet believable escape out of the lion's paws.
Andrea
Nov 20, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the Scarlet Pimpernel book that the watchers of the Anthony Andrew's Scarlet Pimpernel will be familiar with even if they've never heard of it. The film is an amalgam of elements of the first book and this one. So having watched the film it was interesting actually reading the book upon it was based.
Over all I generally enjoyed it. The build up in the beginning was quite good as everything is laid out, The plot with Armand and his "true love", I admit, I wasn't as fond of. But strangely
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Simon Mcleish
Jul 24, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in June 2000.

In Eldorado, one of the better novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel, he becomes involved in one of the most famous plots of the French Revolution, the attempt to rescue the child heir to the French throne from imprisonment in Paris. His ultimate fate is one of the unknowns of history, though it is almost certain that he died in prison. The main character in reality in the various plots which centred around him was the Austrian-financed agitator
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Elizabeth
I give this a 2.5 because I rated The Scarlet Pimpernel a 5, and this is half the book that was. My biggest complaint is that Orczy changed major characters from TSP to fit her plot for El Dorado. I couldn't stand the change she made to Armand- his age, his personality (although he didn't play a huge role in TSP), and his relationship with his sister. In The Scarlet Pimpernel, he is 8 years her senior, and in this book he is clearly younger than Marguerite. He even calls her "little mother" whic ...more
Vanessa
Overall 3.5

I wondered at times if I would be able to slog through this Scarlet Pimpernel novel. I loved the first one so much, and thought it would be fun to listen to El Derado at work (I mean the movie is based mostly on the storyline of this novel and not the first). However, the first half of the book was from Armond's point of view. He annoyed me, and I didn't find his story romantic in any way, shape, or form.

The second half was much better, a return to the Scarlet Pimpernel I know and lo
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Meagan
Aug 14, 2012 Meagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Scarlet Pimpernel, the world's first superhero, complete with secret identity and archenemy! This story was extremely entertaining, if a little far fetched. "El Dorado" is full of suspense, action, adventure, and of course, romance.
Sir Percy is his usual dashing self. Marguerite is as lovely as ever, if a little melodramatic. I really did want to hit Armand, though!
Prepare yourself for a touching, beautiful scene in the middle of the book. Those prone to tears may want a box of tissues handy
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Eve
Mar 13, 2013 Eve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Zachary
Dec 09, 2013 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chestertonian
Being a monarchist, I enjoy stories like El Dorado. What could be better then an English aristocrat outsmarting republicans, and sneaking the little son of Louis XVI out of their murdering hands? Unfortunately, the story had to have Armand, a helpless buffoon who annoyed me to no end with his stupidity, but I suppose he was a bit of comic relief.

There is a scene that made my blood boil, and that was the image of the republicans drugging the little king and forcing him to call his mother a whore
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Bryan
Apr 28, 2010 Bryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dear fans of the Pimpernel series, but no one else otherwise
Shelves: didnt-finish, fiction
Fun for the first half, but the second half became overly melodramatic and I had to put it down. She has a fun formula of having a well-meaning but flawed person spoil the plans of her Christ-type figure (The Scarlet Pimpernel himself) and then allowing the Pimpernel to undo the web. But, in this one, it goes a bit too far. The blatant similes between Christ and Pimpernel made me feel a bit too beaten over the head with it. But, I like her voice and her innocence.
I didn't like the man who breaks
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Mark
Jun 17, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

I feel the Scarlet Pimpernel books are great works of art, if somewhat sappy. If you have ever seen the movie version with Jane Seymour you will recognize the plot a quarter way in. However, it is an enjoyable read nontheless.
Surreysmum
[These notes were made in 1983:]. A better-than-run-of-the-mill entry in the series, for two reasons. First, the stakes are sufficiently high - the Dauphin himself, and Percy actually in captivity and slowly being starved and driven mad. And second, Percy is betrayed by his devoted but wrong-headed brother-in-law, Armand. Orczy does the "lieutenant's spirit prostrate in shame before his Chief" bit rather well (and that includes a certain slashy undertone, at least for this reader). And lots of r ...more
Kenneth Zenger
This book is overly dramatic and is dialogue heavy. It takes a while to build up steam and actually get the story moving. The French Revolution is a great backdrop for a story but I never felt anything for any of the characters.
bup
Jun 14, 2008 bup rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, audiobook, librivox
Does anybody know why the book is called "El Dorado"? I thought I must have missed something, but then I searched the gutenberg text of the book, and sure enough, the word "Dorado" only appears once in the text- in the name of the last chapter. I guess it's just supposed to represent a generic "good place to be."

Well, I learned two things. First, Pimpernel's brother-in-law, Armand, just wasn't cut out for this business of buckling swash and saving those good, just aristocrats. Second, the Scarle
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Thom Swennes
Oct 03, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1913 as a sequel to the Scarlet Pimpernel, Eldorado by Emma Orczy brings the reader back to the time of the terror of the French Revolution. Sir Percy, alias Scarlet Pimpernel, rescues the dauphin and spirits him away to Holland. He willingly walks into an ambush in an attempt to rescue his brother-in-law. I think that this is a case of a sequel surpassing the original. The writer integrates many historical figures in her work but sometimes plays with facts for the sake of her story. ...more
M S
Nov 20, 2015 M S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great sequel. By the end, though, I was wondering if Marguerite would EVER be able to remember that the Scarlet Pimpernel ALWAYS has a plan.
Matthew Hurley
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Rinda
Apr 23, 2015 Rinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always keeps you wondering how he is going to get free. Great adventure, historical fiction. Listened to from Librivox
Liz
Aug 18, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to discover that the Scarlet Pimpernel had sequels. I had read the original years and years ago and more than once. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. I love the language, the characterizations, the descriptions and especially the melodrama and romance. The reader does an excellent job with her charming accent and particularly the flawless pronunciation of the French. I love that a "Baroness" wrote this series and am looking forward to reading or listening to another of the ...more
Claire
Jan 03, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good action, great characters, wonderful setting.
Rachel
Apr 30, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this was a little unbearable because I was less concerned for the foolish Armand St. Just and his lovestruck tendencies and more interested in the life of the Blakeneys, which is why I loved the first book so much. But this redeemed itself. I loved the switching perspectives between Armand, Percy, Marguerite, and Chauvelin. It kept things interesting. And I loved the twists that the Scarlet Pimpernel put into play! This book had me laughing and crying and anxiously anticipating ...more
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Full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian-British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1905). Baroness Orczy's sequels to the novel were less successful. She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories. Among her most popular c ...more
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The Scarlet Pimpernel (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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“Dear heart,” he murmured, “do not look on me with those dear, scared eyes of yours. If there is aught that puzzles you in what I said, try and trust me a little longer. Remember, I must save the Dauphin at all costs; mine honor is bound with his safety. What happens to me after that matters but little, yet I wish to live for your dear sake.” 5 likes
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