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The Complete Richard Hannay Stories (Richard Hannay #1-5)

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Major General Sir Richard Hannay is the fictional secret agent created by writer and diplomat John Buchan, who was himself an Intelligence officer during the First World War. The strong and silent type, combining the dour temperament of the Scot with the stiff upper lip of the Englishman, Hannay is pre-eminent among early spy-thriller heroes. Caught up in the first of thes ...more
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Published July 5th 2010 by Wordsworth Classics (first published 1932)
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked John Bucan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, and I enjoyed reading it again on my kobo arc.
John Buchan's was a great writer, thrills and suspense on every page. I recommend his writing to anyone willing to go back to the 'old' books.
Michael Sterckx
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely un-PC, right wing, colonial, pro-war, unbelievably ludicrous plots but great to read.
Pramod Nair
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, adventure
Further adventures of Richard Hannay, in a convenient single volume edition for all the lovers of 'Thirty-nine steps'.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This 'omnibus' includes the five Richard Hannay stories in 'novella' form. I read these back to back. They are: The Thiry Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr Standfast, The Three Hostages and The Island of Sheep. Buchan is best known for the first of these because at least two films have been produced based on the work. It is not the best of the bunch, though, and the films viewed now are second rate. I would say Greenmantle or Mr Standfast are better books as they go into character and place in more de ...more
Kris Van Laer
old fashioned adventure stories, not every story is that exciting all the time and sometimes too long. I would advise read them not five in a row as it sometimes gets too much
39 steps is short and probably the best, at a good pace 4 stars
Greenmantle is situated in the first world war, nice adventure but probably not really believable, 4 stars
Mr Standfast was the least for me, a little bit slow and if you know who is the bad guy halfway, it's not that exciting anymore 4 stars
The Three Hostages th
Riju Ganguly
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Once again, I had to read a door-stopper of a book to re-realize the reasons that had compelled me to concentrate upon short-stories, and had led me to abandoning novels. The 5 adventures in this book, all involving the heroic activites of Richard Hannay, were classic examples of something being wrong with my idea of readable reads, as they established the follwoing: -

1) As long as the story was short, compact, and the hero had to rely on presence of mind, physical fitness, and practical courage
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book is actually 1 short story and 4 novels in one. I got through the short sort, The 39 Steps, which is terrific. I loved being able to reconcile the story to all the movie versions I have seen. Then I res the next two novels, which were overly long. Too much political ruminating and just plain too much of everything. I finally decided I had had enough Richard Hannay and didn't bother reading the last 2 novels.
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who is a fan of old movies -- and especially Hitchcock -- will recall "The Thirty-nine Steps," the quintessential spy thriller involving the ordinary guy dragged into a war-time conspiracy. Our hero, Richard Hannay, sorts out the mess and prevents the bad guys from winning by a combination of luck and grit, with touch of 'brains'. It's good, rollicking fun, and the author of the original novel, John Buchan, went on to write 4 more Richard Hannay novels to meet a never-ending demand for sp ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most reviewers I came to this omnibus via Hitchcock's 1930's film of the 39 Steps, one of my favorite films. If I was to review that story alone I'd give it a clear 4 stars, but I've averaged it out for the collection at 3.

These books were written almost as British Empire propaganda and daring do. As such the pattern of improbable plots, narrow escapes, and world wide conspiracies, which only a lone hero can resolve, wears a bit thin with repetition. The stories reminded me of the Boys Own
Heather Gordon
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've finished reading the 39 Steps, and find the style quite stilted and the plot too straight forward to keep my interest for long. I know why I enjoyed this book as a teenager, as it is simple, clear, with not too many complex ideas to explore (as an adolescent one needs one's resources for other things). Reading this was a bit like eating pancakes for lunch, they are filling, tasty with toppings, but don't give you much nutrition and you end up feeling hungry soon after, and wishing you'd eat ...more
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John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir) was a Scottish novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada.

Buchan was educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in 1902 wh
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Other Books in the Series

Richard Hannay (5 books)
  • The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
  • Greenmantle (Richard Hannay #2)
  • Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay, #3)
  • The Three Hostages (Richard Hannay #4)
  • The Island of Sheep (Richard Hannay #5)