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Greenmantle by John Buchan
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Jun 29, 11

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The second of the Richard Hannay stories. Once again Hannay finds himself embroiled in a spy mystery. World War I rages and Britain has caught whispers that Germany intends to wrest Africa out of British control by finding a new holy man of the Islamc faith to stir up the native peoples. Hannay, his friend Sandy and an American named Blenkiron who has a stomach problem, set out to stop this, for if Africa is out of British hands, vital resources and military routes are barred to the British. Hannay falls in with his friend Peter Pienaar, a South African hunter and tracker of legendary reputation and together they sneak into Germany disguised as Boers to see if they can find any leads. They do, but Hannay ends up beating up a German officer, Colonel Strumm, with a nasty reputation because the man was a bully and thus make a powerful enemy who pursues them to Turkey. Along the way the group finds important German military documents and manage to get them into British hands to turn the tide of the war in that area. The trio find that a German woman behind all the trouble a woman who is distorting the pure message a legitimate holy man who incoviniently dies. Sandy, who has been working undercover with the woman and the holy man named Greenmantle, is chosen by the lady as the successor to Greenmantle and for a while becomes a bit of a force to be reckoned with in Islam. However, Hannay and his friends foil the plot, and Sandy is rescued from the clutches of the lady and the book ends with a siege in the mountains between the heroes, and Colonel Strumm, who ends up being overrun by British forces who have broken the German lines thanks to the aforsaid information. Another triumph.

A good book, although I preffered the 39 Steps but it's nice to see Richard Hannay be a decent hero once again, and his stomach plays a leading role yet again in this book as he struggles to be properly fed on the road to Istambul.

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