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Strange Conflict (Duke de Richleau, #9) (Black Magic #2)

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Oct 1940 - 1941
When the bombs fall on London the elderly Duke de Richleau considers a problem of the utmost urgency. What methods are the Germans using to discover – with sinister effect – the secret routes of the Atlantic convoys? His answer is bizarre and fantastic. The enemy are in touch with supernatural powers which can be overcome only by those who have the knowledge
Published August 1952 by Hutchinson (first published April 1st 1941)
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Edward Erdelac
Oct 13, 2012 Edward Erdelac rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of The Devil Rides Out, the Hammer adaption of Wheatley's previous Duke de Richleau novel. Reading de Richleau is a bit like the supernatural adventures of an aged James Bond. Astral travel and occult doings among British high society. I picked this up along with The Devil Rides Out. In this outing, the Duke and his chums are called upon by British Intelligence to figure out how the Nazis are gleaning covert information on British convoy deployments. The Duke eliminates all the ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 1940's-penned adventure from DW which although in the edge of credibility nevertheless succeeds in building the tension and desperation of the heroes through the plot. The style is somewhat genteel in today's world but fun.
Kathy Davie
May 05, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
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Second in the Black Magic series and ninth in the Duke de Richleau series. It begins after the Germans began bombing England at the start of World War II and after the French government has collapsed.

This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley for an honest review.

My Take
The accepting nonchalance of the duke and Sir Pellinore interrupting their dinner to deal with the incendiary bombs cracked me up. Then there’s the duke’s spying. I wonder if the CIA knows how much easier it is if one can travel in the
Michael Ritchie
Nov 20, 2016 Michael Ritchie rated it it was ok
I know Wheatley is a just supernatural pulp writer but I'm always disappointed in his books. The first one I read, The Devil Rides Out, I liked despite its flaws--mostly, being too long. This is the third I've read since then and the quality keeps going downhill, so this may be the last. The set-up is promising: during WWII, the Nazis are using a satanist to help them get secret British navy plans, and the same intrepid group of occult warriors from Devil Rides Out go to do battle on the astral ...more
Alan Smith
Apr 05, 2013 Alan Smith rated it it was amazing
I confess I have a particularly soft spot for this book. It was the first Dennis Wheatley story I ever read, and it set me on a path of DW admiration that has stayed with me ever since.

I realize that when reading him today, there are certain things one has to look past. His casual racism, wherein he assumes that black people are necessarily less intelligent or decent than whites, or that just about any race in existence takes second place to the English. His class-consciousness, with its obvious
Seth Skorkowsky
Sep 29, 2015 Seth Skorkowsky rated it did not like it
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This is the third of Wheatley’s Black Magic series that I have read. The Devil Rides out was very enjoyable. Gateway to Hell was OK, but nothing great. Unfortunately Strange Conflict, has been the worst of the bunch.

The setup is very good. During the Blitz of the Second World War, the British supply ships are being destroyed with eerie efficiency. The Duke De Richleau deduces that the Nazis are using Black Magic to intercept the ships’ locations so that their U-boats can sink them. He gathers hi
Titus Hjelm
Jan 14, 2014 Titus Hjelm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'Strange Conflict' has all the trademarks of a genuine Wheatley book: it is racist, sexist, chauvinist, militarist, etc. On the one hand, however, this one is much better than the post WWII books where Wheatley spends most of the pages moaning about the decline of British power and regularly descends into paranoia about Commies everywhere. In this book, published in 1941, Britain was still an empire and its enemies were easy to distinguish. In this sense, the book is a much better read than the ...more
Lee McGeorge
May 02, 2015 Lee McGeorge rated it liked it
Enjoyable Hokum.
In WWII, the Duke De Richleau, a kind of supernatural James Bond, battles voodoo forces of Haiti that are astrally projecting themselves to find ships in the Atlantic and inform the Nazi's.
De Richleau has the ability to astrally project as well and sets out to find who is stealing the secrets by occult means. (If he has this skill, it makes you wonder why he doesn't just astrally project into Hitler's bunker and end the war sooner)
The story is fun and inventive, but sometimes the
This was another enjoyable entry in the Black Magic series by Dennis Wheatley. It is set during the second world war and was written about this time. Some of the characters and cultural attitudes are dated and downright racist, but if you can read past this you may find this occult adventure enjoyable.

There was a time when Mr. Wheatley was wildly popular but is no, sadly, all but forgotten.

World of warning: the perpetually offended Social Justice Warrior types should avoid this may b
Vikas Datta
Jun 11, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vintage Wheatley... crisp action in an exotic but deadly setting and a number of resolute heroes (and heroine) that eventually triumph after a number of twists and turns... the squeamish may complain its non-p.c. but it has to be seen in context of its times - 1941 - when the outcome of the war was still in doubt.
Feb 15, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok
Slow in the first half, which recycles lots of the material from The Devil Rides Out, but picks up when the action moves to Haiti. Wheatley lays on the wartime propaganda a little too much in places, and there are some embarrassingly out-of-date ideas, bordering on racism at times.
Sep 10, 2009 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My brother brought this back from England in the 60's and it was one of the scariest books I ever read. Dennis Wheatley was ahead of his time!
One of many books from this book club and this author. Not sure when I finished this, but guessing 1973
Jul 25, 2016 Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Wheatley better black magic novels involving Nazis in WW 2 using magic to defeat England . The Duke e Richleau to the rescue.
Dec 01, 2015 Gwydion rated it liked it
Read this first as a teenager and thought it very exciting. Read it again recently and was disappointed that it was so melodramatic; even more than Wheatley's other occult thrillers.
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Dennis Yates Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) [Born: Dennis Yeats Wheatley] was an English author. His prolific output of stylish thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world's best-selling authors in the 1950s and 1960s.

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