Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2 : Richard Hannay

  • by John Buchan
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • Series: Richard Hannay
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The second of Richard Hannay's adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive. Pursued by the barbaric General Stumm, Hannay and his old South African friend and teacher Peter Pienaar with fellow soldier Sandy Arbuthnot and American engineer and less than 'nootral' John S. Blenkiron make their different ways to Constantinople to find the elusive Greenmantle and do what they can to avert disaster.
But who is Greenmantle and what dastardly part has the sinister fanatic Hilda von Einem to play in the game which will determine the outcome of the war. Packed with incident and incredible feats of derring-do the story culminates at the offensive. Buchan's life in politics and his work for the Intelligence Corps gave him knowledge and an insight that few others could have at the time. With remarkable prescience he reveals the main theme and keeps the attention to the last.
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What the Critics Say

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)


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If you enjoyed the 39 steps - dont read this

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is a repetition of the 39 steps just in a different context

What could John Buchan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Thought of a new plot

Did the narration match the pace of the story?


Could you see Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

dont know but I;m not sure that I would watch - it would need a lot of screenplay work to make it a thriller

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- Brocklebank Malcolm A V

Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life...

I was really unsure about this one.

I love John Buchan and particularly the BBC Drama production of The Thirty-Nine Steps starring Tom Baker (available on Audible) but having it read to me by one person seemed to be a second-rate affair.


Peter Joyce portrays the cast well and his range of accents are convincing and different enough to avoid confusion.

The sound quality is good - at the beginning of the book, 'side 1' is announced so I can only assume that this production has been remastered from tape.

The story is typical Buchan - wild and fanciful and very much using language and terms that shouldn't be used today, but as this was published in 1916, we can forgive the author.

The plot has winds and twists and gets a little odd towards the end. It's not as clean as the Thirty-Nine Steps but is thoroughly enjoyable and the next step along the road for our here, Richard Hannay.

Will try Mr Standfast next....
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- Lee Grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2010
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories