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The Second Seal

(Duke de Richleau #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  72 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Apr 1914 - 18 Sep 1914
Spring 1914. At a masked ball, the Duke de Richleau has an intriguing meeting with a beautiful woman.

An incident that was to lead the Duke into a series of desperate adventures as he became involved, firstly with The Black Hand, a Serbian, secret, terrorist society, and then, as a British secret agent, at the Austrian Supreme Headquarters.

Finally, at
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Hardcover, 483 pages
Published November 2nd 1964 by Arrow (first published November 1950)
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K.J. Charles
Nov 23, 2017 marked it as pass
Shelves: dnf
I have read some of Wheatley's black magic stuff before, from charity shops with appalling covers, and found it highly amusing in an unjustifiable way. Apparently most of his work was straight pre Bond thrillers though. The Wheatley estate is obv very keen to promote these as readable too because money. However, this book starts with a massive dose of misogyny (women sure do love a manipulative or abusive man!) and then moves into a twenty page detailed infodump of the geopolitical causes of WW1 ...more
Harry Yoder
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've EVER read-bar none. It's a wonderful mix of desperate action,intrigue,war and a great,great love story. All of these elements are skillfully woven together by a master storyteller. The intrepid Duke de Richleau overhears Winston Churchill at a party,speaking of the coming WWI. Then he meets the love of his life,the beautiful Princess Ilona Theresa of Austria. Unfortunately,even though he is a Duke, She is far out of his league,socially. Also, the Duke's allegi ...more
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Vikas Datta
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skillful rendition of ante-bellum Europe..
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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.

His first book, Three Inquisitive People, was not immediately published; but his first published novel, The Forbidden Territory, was an immediate success when
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