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The Green Rust

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The chase is on to stop Dr. Van Heerden before he can release the threat of the Green Rust and take over the world in this exciting page-turner, originally published in 1919, from the undisputed "King of Thrillers, " Edgar Wallace. During the 1920's and 30's, it was said that one of every four books read in England was written by Wallace, who ultimately produced 173 books...more
Published September 1st 1999 by Pulp (first published 1919)
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Anna L. Peak
Maybe I should feel guilty about loving Edgar Wallace's books, but I don't. They are great fun and I will always love Edgar Wallace for writing the only books that could help me relax during the month between turning in my dissertation and my dissertation defense. I remember especially liking The Green Rust the first time I read it, when I was about fifteen, and I was very pleased when I finally found it again online for free (it took me a while, because for a bit I was somehow convinced that th...more
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The plot is a little farfetched as are most of Wallace's books, but it is a good read. It begins with the murder of a very rich man who has just written his will leaving his money to his poor niece who is not supposed to know about the legacy until the day she is married (to prevent treasure seekers). It involves a plot by a German after WWI to kill all the corn in the developed world and force them to buy corn from Germany (who still has its own and all of Russia's corn) at greatly inflated pri...more
Librivox audio edition
I love Edgar Wallace, his fantastical plots and predictable but passionate heroes.They are great to listen to while I'm at work weaving. I had listened to all of the canon on Librivox and I'm glad to see they have added a few more.
This book has a great "McGuffin" of the green rust that will destroy all the corn crops of the world, throwing economies into chaos, almost like a Dr No or other James Bond villian.
The book is dated with a strong anti-German bias.
I believe that John Christopher must have read this book before writing his novel, No Blade of Grass. I consider this book to be the prequel to No Blade of Grass. So as you can imagine, I enjoyed reading this thriller even though the dialogue was ridiculous and it was very annoying that every bad person and good guy kept revealing their hand of cards each time they thought they had succeeded only to have the rug pulled out from beneath their feet.
Hmmm! I like this one but not as much as his others. A tale of national terrorism, written some time after WW1, but it seemed too farfetched to me. It was a free Kindle download and I really liked all the others by Wallace that I have read. This one just didn't appeal as much. I can recommend the others without restraint; I don't think I will recommend this one.

I listened to a great audio recording from Librivox. The Green Rust kept me entertained while I weeded the garden and harvested vegetables. I enjoyed the adventures very much. I am compelled to listen to more audio books by this very prolific author. Thank you again Librivox and the iPod Shuffle for all you do to enliven my daily activities and chores.
Jason Hyde
Thrilling stuff, surprisingly witty, vehemently anti-German, which is odd when you consider that Wallace's most lasting popularity has been in Germany.
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That ending went on for a long time.
absolutely loved the mystery element.
a fun but predictable read.
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I was fascinated by this book from the first sight.
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Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875-February 10, 1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals.

Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author.

In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.

He i...more
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