While holidaying in Bali recently, I needed a book suitable for reading by the pool. Something simple; a getaway type of book that was not too taxing. I settled upon “Greenmantle” having previously read “The Thirty Nine Steps” a couple of times many years ago.
In essence, “Greenmantle” is a sequel to “The Thirty Nine Steps”. It is a boys’ own type of adventure thriller written early last century and set during the First World War. It covers the exploits of Richard Hannay as he aims to unravel a mystery in present day Turkey. He has a small team of supporters who manage to cross enemy lines from Britain before gathering in Constantinople. Here, they have many close shaves before stumbling upon critical military intelligence that would be useful to the Russians as they faced the Ottomans.
While the book is a fun read, it could never be described as great literature. The language is also very dated and the racial stereotypes jar on the modern ear. Nonetheless, for a book to read by the edge of the pool in the sun it is more than adequate. Indeed, Richard Hannay could be best be described as an early version of James Bond. In other words, all good fun but not to be taken too seriously.
- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Independently Published (4 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1793165149
- ISBN-13: 978-1793165145
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 417 g
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