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by John Buchan

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ISBN: 140763304X
ISBN13: 978-1407633046
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: John Buchan
Language: English
Publisher: HardPress Publishing (January 29, 2010)
Pages: 280 pages
ePUB size: 1307 kb
FB2 size: 1637 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 545
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Along with Greenmantle, I'd place The Three Hostages and The Island of Sheep as John Buchan's best "Hannay" books.

The Three Hostages takes place in 1921 when (now) Sir Richard Hannay is about 44. He is approached by the Home Office to assist when the loved ones of 3 prominent political and business figures are kidnapped by a nefarious local businessman who is touted to become an important political figure in the future of mother England. Hannay is tasked with working undercover discovering the whereabouts of the hostages while Scotland Yard investigate the abductions officially. Hannay is their 'secret weapon' and he enlists the aid of a few old faces from previous stories and even his wife in the course of the story. The writer weaves an intricate and suspenseful tale and I found the book hard to put down. It's a long while since I read a book that -figuratively at least- had me on the edge of my seat. The denouement didn't disappoint either, but like all good books, I was sad when it ended. This is writing at it's finest.

The Island of Sheep sees Hannay called by an old oath to protect the son of a man he knew when a young man in South Africa before WWI. This chap apparently safeguards the secret of what is referred to as "the greatest treasure on earth". Young Peter John, Hannay's son is also focussed in this story. He is now a bright, if serious teenager, and a falconer of some talent, who finds himself abducted and used as leverage by the syndicate of ne'er do well's hunting for this 'great treasure'.

This one is another page turner. Didn't quite have the suspense of The Three Hostages, although it's still a well written book and a fun read.

I love these 'old' stories for the insight they give to how people lived thought of life in the early 20th century. I like to compare my impressions of life then with life in the early 21st century and how much things have changed....or not. Politics certainly seems to be politics regardless of the century!
OK, I've had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. I think the story itself was a little weak compared to the twists and turns of modern spy thrillers, but I am absolutely enthralled in how the story was told. Picture after picture were painted in my mind, and I found the idioms extremely delightful. Comparing a persons personality to "a different pair of shoes" was one that has stuck in my mind.
I had a little trouble with the mental pronunciation of some of the names of the people and the places, but soon adopted my own pronunciation. Once I had adapted to the style of writing ( early 20th Century) the reading became easier.
Having said that, I intend to reread this book...and maybe even tackle Pilgrims Progress (you'll understand this after reading the book). Stand Fast, Mr. Standfast!
This is a world war 1 story full of incident: spy rings led by evil geniuses, chases, mountain climbing, dramatic battles and a romance. All well done.
This book does not stand the test of time! It is objectionably jingoist and patronising.
This is my favorite John Buchan novel. I was delighted to find it available on Kindle. It even has the same cover as my very old paperback copy. I highly recommend John Buchan and especially this novel.
Good read. If you have read "The 39 Steps" this is a fitting companion book. Try to read this series in proper sequence, I did not but that only makes the books better.
This book requires a good Bit of knowledge about the Scottish highlands to fully understand it. It was not easy to stay interested for me.
Of course, there is an end to every book. This one was a book to enjoy, every word and turn. Females do not often get excited about war books, but this series contains enough British humor to keep it lighter than most war books. Loving the Richard Hannah series!