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Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay #3)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  624 ratings  ·  54 reviews
In this nail-biting adventure story, Hannay must outwit a foe far more intelligent than himself; muster the courage to propose to the lovely, clever Mary Lamington; and survive a brutal war. Although Mr. Standfast is a sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps, it offers far more characterisation and philosophy than the earlier book. For its pace and suspense, its changes of scenery...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published July 30th 2008 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1918)
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This novel concludes what I think of as the original Hannay trilogy, which sees our hero through the course of the first world war, or the Great War as they used to call it.

There's an interesting change in tone over these three books. 'The Thirty Nine Steps' is stark and intense with Hannay a man pushed to the limit, fighting a battle he barely understands with few allies until the last third of the novel. 'Greenmantle' is an altogether more rollicking and gregarious work with various allies an...more
Buchan is a bit of an acquired taste. The book is a bit slow at times, and the values that form its backbone are often foreign. But that is part of his charm.

I love old books that were once popular. They are the window into the soul of an age.

In this one, we have a wonderful view of the tensions between pacifism and patriotism, socialism and class expectations in WWI Britain. Much of this is quite illuminating, and by itself makes the book worth reading. (In order to worm his way into a spy rin...more
From BBC Radio 4:
Agent Richard Hannay hunts his nemesis, the head of a First World War German spy ring. Stars David Robb and Clive Merrison.

Johnny Waco
The third of the Richard Hannay novels beginning with The 39 Steps, Mr. Standfast may be the weakest of the series. Like the second book, Greenmantle, it is set during WWI, and once again Hannay is pulled off the front lines with orders to infiltrate a German espionage ring. Although Mr. Standfast has some exciting set pieces, like Hannay's tramp over the Isle of Skye, off Scotland's coast, and his breakneck drive and later glacier climb through the Alps, the novel suffers from too many of these...more
Mr Standfast, published in 1919, was the third of John Buchan’s Richard Hannay espionage novels.

The success of The Thirty-Nine Steps had taken Buchan by surprise. Buchan was himself an interesting character who wrote some great weird fiction as well as works of serious history. He was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935 and ended up as Governor-General of Canada.

Richard Hannay is commanding an infantry brigade on the Western Front when he finds himself once again, somewhat against his will, assigne...more
What is it with series? I just don't like them, that's what. This third Richard Hannay book was a bit of a letdown, but I couldn't bring myself to rate it two stars. Really, I'd say 2-1/2.

There were some exciting passages in this book, but overall I found that the faults exhibited in the two earlier Hannay tales, namely a tendency to pontificate on character, fate, and philosophy plus a heavy reliance on coincidence to advance the plot were more pronounced here. Buchan also makes frequent refer...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Another thrilling, fast-paced, WWI novel by Buchan featuring the adventures of Richard Hannay and his associates Pieter Pienaar, John Blenkiron and Mary Lamington. This time Hannay tracks down German spies and his main opponent is a master of disguise called Ivery who pursues him through Europe... With, as a bit of an unusual backdrop, 'The Pilgrim's Progress'...

Though a bit overly descriptive at times, this classic war adventure novel is loaded with action, adventure and excitmement on every pa...more
Aug 31, 2013 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Joan Garland
I found this 3rd installment of the Richard Hannay story gripping! Although it could probably be read as a stand-alone, it does refer to the first two books of the series: The Thirty-nine Steps and Greenmantle, and I would strongly recommend starting with the first book.
Russell Olson
Buchan really lets his politics show through in this one. There are passages in this book where Dick Hannay takes a back seat and Buchan steps into the lead role, damning socialism, labor unions, and especially pacifists. Once Hannay slips back into the book, the narrative regains it strength and the plot surpasses that of Greenmantle, and at times the pace resembles the breakneck chase of 39 steps. All in all, good book...just don't take Buchan too seriously.
Very suspenseful. This book's strong point is the suspense, although I like the character of Richard Hannay. Overall, very worth reading, and probably you'll have to read it all at once, but it's not as good as the first book, the 39 Steps, partly because the ending was slightly drawn out and then suddenly cut off. I guess it was permissible, but I didn't prefer it.
An Odd1
"It's easy enough to be brave if you're feeling well and have food inside you .. But the big courage is the cold-blooded kind, the kind that never lets go even when you're feeling empty inside, and your blood's thin, and there's no kind of fun or profit to be had, and the trouble's not over in an hour or two but lasts for months and years .. 'Fortitude' is the biggest thing a man can have - just to go on enduring when there's no guts or heart left in you. " p 157

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Rog Harrison
This is the third book in the Hannay series and was published in 1919. It's about three times as long as "The thirty-nine steps" and is a much better read. Hannay finds himself up against the Black Stone again and the first part of the book is reminiscent of "The thirty-nine steps" only set in the Highlands rather than the south west of Scotland. The plot is implausible with too many unbelievable coincidences but Hannay is an interesting character who can see both sides of an argument. Indeed th...more
The 3rd in John Buchan's Richard Hannay series. Set in the last two years of WWI, Hannay, who previously appeared in The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle must outwit the cleverest German spy ever in time to prevent the German offensive of March 1918 across the Somme. At least this time there is a beautiful girl in the story, whom Hannay falls in love with. His old fiends Blenkiron and Peter Pienaar from Greenmantle figure largely in the story and the master-spy is none other than one of the tri...more
A fine book of the olden day spy genre. Brigadier General Richard Hannay is once again drafted into the British Secret Service to foil a plot of dastardly proportions! The most secret British troop movements are being leaked to the enemy and it's up to Hannay and his old friend Blenkiron to find out where the leak is and to stop it. Hannay follows a lead into the conscientious objectors camp and finds an old enemy from the first book: a Graf who is Germany's best spy and has caused untold deaths...more
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Neil Hunter
Review of Mr Standfast

This the third book written by John Buchan featuring his most famous character, Richard Hannay. The book starts with Hannay in the thick of the fighting in the trenches of World War 1 and returning to what he now thinks of his true calling of soldiering. In very short order he is pulled out of the trenches by the British secret service and given possibly the vaguest mission ever given to spy catcher. The “intelligence” services believe the Germans are up to something involv...more
John Pendergraft
This is book three of Buchan's Richard Hannay novels. Buchan writes about common men who simply and cheerfully go about their business of saving the West from evil no matter the cost. Buchan wants his readers to understand that it is not the actions of the enlightened few or the avante garde that build, sustain, and protect civilization but every day decisions and actions of the common folk. Thus, in Mr. Standfast, it is the actions of the common soldier, farmer, and laborer that give comfort an...more
Nov 14, 2013 Keeley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buchan fans
Shelves: cheapthrills
Mr. Standfast eventually warms up into a satisfying Hannay thriller like The 39 Steps, but it is slow compared to the exuberance of Greenmantle. This time, Hannay is taken out of his role as a British general to engage in undercover work in Scotland (the secret sign of St. Andrew's cross is a plot element that feels like it didn't get thoroughly worked in -- or was thrown in as an afterthought to get our hero out of some sticky situations). He falls in love with a teen girl -- yes, you heard me...more
David Hambling

This is a decidedly inferior Hannay , not in the same league as the previous two. It still has some panache, but the racism is downright embarrassing (although understandable in wartime) as well as laughable and the plot just falls apart never gets itself back together. What are those chickens about...?

Quite fun in places, but doesn't cut the mustard and you can see why it's been forgotten.
Onward, Richard Hannay! Now a General, Hannay is pulled from active duty to help uncover the master spy who is behind the whole game. And horror of horrors, the great war hero has to go undercover as a non-combatant on the home front! At least he gets a love interest out of it. I found this one a little less interesting than Greenmantle. Maybe it was the excess philosophizing, or possibly the style is wearing thin, but I give this one only three stars. More fun than good. A plot point here is th...more
Another story featuring Richard Hannay. This time, he has to pretend to be against the English and the war, going amongst conscientious objecters and deserters, all to track down a ring of German spies stealing British secrets. And he meets Mary, falls in love and has to protect her too. But it's an old enemy that he has to come up against and everything is almost lost when Hannay realises that he has been tricked.

I think I liked this a bit more than the other two - the action was better paced w...more
Action, adventure, romance--before there was James Bond, there was Richard Hannay,Buchan's bold yet modest hero. A bit dated but good fun and rather uplifting in the end.
Todd Evans
Continuing to read this series. I enjoy the stories, but also that it's written so close to the war. interesting to read a perspective from the WW1 era.
Helen Walton
There's something strangely comforting about buchan, despite his occasional touches of racism and other unpleasant aspects of his time. I think it's something about seeing a world of certainties, moral conviction and belief. It feels as alien as a fantasy novel. I've had a month of reading Edwardian literature and nobody does it quite like Buchan and Nesbitt.
This is the third book featuring Richard Hannay--a series begun with The 39 Steps. This book is longer than its predecessors, and at times I felt impatient reading. However, the finish was worth the wait. The first half of the book brings Hannay back into the spy work he began in earlier novels. The second half of the book, however, moves very quickly and brings Hannay back to the trenches in time for the reader to be thoroughly immersed in a World War I battle. Once I reached the half-way point...more
John Buchan's works are obviously somewhat dated as regards racial and social attitudes, but that does not in any way diminish his ability to tell a great story with wonderful, fully-developed characters.
Mr. Standfast concludes the Hannay trilogy, which begins with The Thirty-Nine Steps, and continues through Greenmantle.
In this instalment, Hannay is called in to help discover the identity of a masterspy. There are the usual characters - Blenkiron and Piennar - and the addition of a female character, Mary.

The novel roams all over the British Isles, and onto the continent. There's goodies and baddies galore, red-herrings, romance, manoeuvres and more. Buchan doesn't disappoint. This is another cr...more
There are better books to read. This one's okay for the most part.
An enjoyable thriller but being written almost 100 years ago makes it heavy going at times. Some of the chase sequences, such as around Scotland or across the Swiss Alps are as good as anything today, but some of the lengthy political discourses are horribly dated. The class system was still firmly established around the time of the Great War and it shows in the way the common soldiery are casually discarded. The protracted denouement is a bit tedious too.
This is one of the trilogy of Richard Hannay books Buchan wrote back in the WWI years. He wrote more with Hannay later, but these are the cornerstones. I've read them all a couple of times over the years and just finished another visit. My review of "Greenmantle" contains the appropriate caveat for strangers to Buchan's writings, so consider the source as you read and just enjoy a good tale well told.
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John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir) was a British novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada.

Buchan was born in Scotland and educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in law he went to Sou...more
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