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Preview — Greenmantle by John Buchan
Greenmantle (Richard Hannay #2)
I've got a special shelf, "Ripping Yarns," set up here at Goodreads devoted to this sort of tale. The salient feature of a ripping yarn is that once you're well into the book, despite whatever flaws there might be in plot, plausibility, or characterization, it's damn near impossible to put down.
John Buchan's four tales featuring hero Richard Hannay fall squarely in the ripping yarn tradition, and they're particularly remarkable as examples of early spy novels. He ...more
I didn't like this as much as Buchan's more famous The 39 Steps as it felt clunkier and more contrived but it was still a reasonable page turner with an exciting finish. While many of the characters appear as caricatures to us today, Buchan saw this novel as part of the war effort and apparently based a couple of said characters on well known figures of the day. It is also believed that in 1915/16 rumours were rife of a German conspiracy in Cental Asia similar to the one portrayed in this book.
The problems The 39 Steps had were largely compensated for by its brevity, the book does rush by at a fair old pace after all. It's sequel however takes more time, which is a shame as it doesn't have substantially more plot. In this the problems of driving a stol ...more
Historical accuracy and prescie ...more
This is the second of five in Buchan's Richard Hannay adventures written in a WWI setting. This time around (November 1915 to be exact), Hannay's mission involves the investigating of rumours regarding plans by the Germans and their Turkish allies to cause a great uprising in the Middle East. He is joined by his friend Sandy, an American John Blenkiron, and Peter Pienaar, a German prison escapee.
Follow Hannay ...more
The plot revolved around a very special woman, Hilda von Einem, whose identity was not revealed until more than 50% of the novel had elapsed. She had physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual abilities that enabled her to convince the Third Reich that she could gain their control of the Muslim world--especially the entire Arabian Peninsula, ...more
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John Buchan was born in Perth. His first success as an author came with Prester John in 1910, followed by a series of adventure thrillers, or 'shockers' as he called them, all characterized by their authentically rendered backgrounds, romantic characters, their atmosphere of expectan
Greenmantle is the sequel to Buchan's novel 39 Steps, and in this case, I would say the sequel is far and away the better of the two. It is also much longer, which is a good thing. Everything that the first book did right, this book expands a hundredfold and improves upon.
The book stars the same hero, Richard Hannay, a South African fighting for the UK in World War I. The plot revolves around a mysterious Eastern conspiracy that the English suspect is being cooked up ...more
Then I considered, not that it justifies those attitudes, that he was writing a century ago. Also, the hero ha ...more
Having said all that, take the book at face value and enjoy Richard Hannay as he sets out ...more
I read the book because of a misunderstanding, I thought Archer was directly inspired by the book, and rather inspired by the genre of books, so I was reading the wrong book, but ended up with a fantastic story and a great journey.
The time period of the book however is crucial, it was written in 1916, Ame ...more
First, I am a big fan of John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, and he would have to become seriously hateful for that to change. There is something so delightful in his books, an innocence, a refusal to see the world as anything other than a place where bachelors cluster in their men's-only clubs (duh!) or their suburban houses or their city bedsits or their country houses and reminisce about times in the kraal (on the kraal?) and war is something oh-so-regrettable but nonetheless character-buildin ...more
Buchan was born in Scotland and educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in law he went to Sou ...more