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Biggles - Secret Agent

(Biggles #19)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This is the story of how Biggles missed a visit to the pictures and chanced upon one of his most hazardous adventures.

The facts were laid before him. Professor Becklinder, a naturalised Lucranian, had discovered the formula for a deadly poisonous gas. While on sick leave from England he had been reported killed, but in doubtful circumstances.

British Intelligence were
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Hardcover, 255 pages
Published 1949 by Oxford University Press (first published May 1st 1940)
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Gerry
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As a boy, starting a new Biggles adventure always made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up - the anticipation was astounding. So, nothing changes - I must just be a big kid!
As always the action begins immediately and is breathtaking throughout as Biggles, naturally enough with Algy and Ginger, rescues a professor who has a valuable formula for world domination from an enemy power. Tremendous suspense (for a boys' story) and interesting to see how foreigners were viewed at the time of
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Tommy Verhaegen
Het verhaal speelt zich af in een klein (fictief) land in Europa dat grote gelijkenissen vertoont met Andorra. De plot is onwaarschijnlijk maar dat doet niets af aan de spanning en het avontuurlijke gehalte van het verhaal. Eens de gebeurtenissen zich razendsnel opvolgen, denk je er zelf niet over na.
Een kasteel met geheime gangen prikkelt natuurlijk altijd de jongensfantasie, althans, toch toen ik jong was. En dat was de doelgroep waarvoor het verhaal werd geschreven. Zoals me steeds vaker
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Michaël Van Caeneghem
Pure nostalgie. Als tiener las ik nogal wat Biggles-avonturen in vertaling. Ik heb mij nu voorgenomen ze te herlezen in de originele versie. Een beetje naïef escapisme, met soms ongeloofwaardige plotwendingen. Een held die die alles kan, kent en durft ! Bovendien geschreven in een tijd dat er geen internet, smartphones, enz.. waren. Spionnen, die verdorie nog postduiven nodig hadden om met het thuisfront te communiceren. Uitroepen als als By Jove ! Of What the deuce ! What the dickens ! Love ...more
C
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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My first Biggles book! Given its intended audience, I enjoyed it hugely; it was a good plot, with lots of cliffhangers, but sane and believable ones. It didn't try to do too much or shoehorn in coincidences, and whilst it had to reach a fairly obvious conclusion, it was good fun getting there!
Daniel Bratell
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Thriller/agent/spy novels was an undeveloped genre in the 1930s. At least it seems so to me because every one I read is rather bad and so is this one. One of the main ingredients of such a novel is the plot. It can be intricate but it must not be full of holes. This plot is full of holes.

A genius professor who was on the brink of inventing a chemical weapon that would determine the fate of the world has "died" in a car crash in a hostile country in Europe. Only Biggles and his friends have a
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Edwin
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Biggles wordt gevraagd om te onderzoeken of een professor aan de gevolgen van een autoongeluk is overleden, of dat hij door de vijand gevangen is genomen.

In dit verhaal ontmoet Biggles zijn tegenstander Erich von Stalhein weer eens.
Salome
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this adventure. And how they said that they are ready to sacrifice each other, but still saved everyone, yay!
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