Regular price: £17.49
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for £17.49
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....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The best known of John Buchanan's books is the Thirty Nine Steps. The best of his novels is Greenmantle. The heroic loyalty and goo-humoured courage is of another era, but so very refreshing in today's climate. In the genre of the Clubland Heroes spanning from the Scarlet Pimpernel, to Bulldog Drummond, the Saint, James Bond and arguably George Smiley, the adventures of Richard Hannah are exhilarating, straightforward and nostalgic, filled with the hope, heroism and British values that leave us wistful in our egotistical modern age. But with all of that, Greenmantle is a great book, based on a theme that is strangely modern given the current wave of twenty-first century terrorism. A book that can be read and re-read, or listened to, many times with its wonderful array of memorable characters, including the chilling Madam Von Einem. Mad and bad she may have been, but also she was great!
Whilst a jolly romp happy coincidences take away from the plausibility Bd it drags in the middle.
This is the second in the series and a great second act. An action story the gas some basis in truth.