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The Angry Mountain

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Dick Farrell is a man haunted by his wartime memories of torture and fear - a time better forgotten. But past and present merge when a trip to Eastern Europe embroils him in the twilight world of the industrial spy. Farrell becomes a reluctant player in a lethal game as the hunt shifts from Czechoslovakia to southern Italy. And there, beneath the blazing summit of Vesuvius...more
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Published 1952 by Bantam Books
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This book farted in my mouth in the first chapter. It spent a few chapters trying to convince me that I was actually enjoying a nice ice cream sunday, but by about chapter 5 there was no doubt that the taste in my mouth was indeed fart.

The front cover makes promises that "she was beautiful and depraved..." and suggests some hilarious 1950's misogyny with an image of a naked woman covering herself on the cover. The text excerpt on the back cover is misleadingly pieced together from sentences in v...more
Hammond Innes (b1913-1998) was born in Horsham Sussex (I have been to Horsham!!) and was a great story teller. This story is gripping and tense. Innes saw active service in World War II and brings his experience to the narrative of the novel. This book was published in 1950 and the plot culminates with the explosion of Mount Vesuvius and was based on the author's own experience as he had witnessed an eruption of the same volcano. ""It was Pompeii over again. We knew what was going to happen, yet...more
An adventure thriller set in the 50s, after World War II but prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, of which said eruption happens to be the book's finale. The main character has to deal with his own demons as well as the enemies of his past as a simple trip ended up with him being embroiled in industrial espionage. I wasn't much impressed with this, but that could be due to the setting and my youth).
a solid thriller from a master of the genre. It was a little slow in build-up, and the style is slightly dated, but when it got to the actual mountain getting angry, it became a gripping tale. Characters and plot are pretty standard fare.
Conclusion: a good enough choice for a holiday or for an airplane trip
Phillip Smith
Slow start but soon had me hooked. First Hammond Innes book I've read, will be looking out for more.
Sep 28, 2013 Frank rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Frank by: my brother
Enjoyed it immensely!
Loved the suspense!
Another superb Hammond Innesmystery!
John Conrad
I really enjoyed a number of Hammond Innes books as a teenager.
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Ralph Hammond Innes was an English novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books.He was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire) in 1978. The World Mystery Convention honoured Innes with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bouchercon XXIV awards in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct, 1993.

Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, and educated at the Cranbrook School in Kent...more
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