Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment. However, this is only the beginning of a thrilling adventure which takes him back to Scotland for more exploits in the manner of The Thirty Nine Steps, to France again and on to Switzerland, pitting his wits against the mastermind behind the sinister organisation ‘the wild birds’.
All his old friends are with him and our hero has to convince Bullivant, Blenkiron, Peter Pienaar, and the love of his life, Mary Lamington, that he would recognise the chameleon like villain again who must be hunted down and destroyed to avoid defeat of the Allies. The riveting tale contains some chilling descriptions of ‘modern warfare’; the new weapon, gas; and comes to a climax with the brave antics of that new breed of men, the Royal Flying Corps.
"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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Brilliant -- but with blemishes
Of course ! Any Buchan enthusiast -- as I am -- would enjoy this.
All by the same reader, and this is just as good as the others.
The opening scene in Fosse Manor with Mary Lamington's wonderful aunts.
Don't know what that phrase means.
Peter Joyce has the perfect voice, excellent elocution and is an expressive and most talented reader. But there are persistent mispronunciations of foreign words, place-names and ordinary words that were differently pronounced then. I do not remember the writer himself, but his world was completely familiar to me, and I certainly as an adult met his daughter Alice and his eldest son, and their speech reflected what I say. Just 1 example: in that era, the word "ate" was pronounced to rhyme with "et," not with "eight," and it is still always so pronounced by those of us that remember that era. But I still admire the reader, and, if I need to prove that, can say that I have bought his version of 7 Buchan novels !
- PGA Eyre