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Summary

Hannay to the rescue once more! This time...our hero is summoned from his tranquil life in rural Oxfordshire to save the world from a financial conspiracy which threatens the global economy. Hannay comes to believe that the villain behind all this must be Dominick Medina.

But can such a brilliant, charming idol of the nation be using Eastern magic to suborn industrialists, magnates and other such pillars of society as his slaves? Is Medina also capable of holding hostages as insurance against the failure of his dastardly schemes and to guarantee his escape from justice?

Infiltrating the organisation, Hannay befriends Medina and starts to investigate. His mission takes him from England to Norway and culminates in Scotland, where the protagonists stalk each other in a most thrilling chase and the outcome is death - but who will be the victor?

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would if they liked boyish adventure or were interested in history or social history

What did you like best about this story?

It continues the adventures of Hannay and he has a realistic shaped life

Have you listened to any of Peter Joyce’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Peter Joyce plays it marvellously, his character is realistic and he hits the right tones for coin of phrase. I happily listened for hours at a time

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had time yes

Any additional comments?

Loved it, not as thrilling as the others, but a good tale.

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Refreshing to hear our language used fully!

I'd never heard of this book by Buchan so decided it was a must.
Peter Joyce has an excellent narrating accent, although his intonation is a little over-undulating.
Buchan's language is wonderful to listen to - full of words I remember from my childhood, but which are rarely used these days. English has always been known as a rich language, but sadly that richness is being depleted. If only we could go back to the English of Buchan's time, when descriptive and expressive words that we've lost were still in everyday use.
I need to listen to the story again as I tend to listen to audio books over many, many sessions, varying from a few minutes to perhaps 20 minutes, so it's not too conducive to following a complicated plot.

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EXCELLENT

Very good but a bit slow in places. Set in an interesting time. Enjoyed ut.

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Perfect Narrator Gripping Adventure

Let me start by saying the performance of Peter Joyce is excellent and brings the story to life. If I had been asked I would never have called myself as a Buchan fan as having read the 39 Steps had found it awkwardly written and the plot unlikely. But now I am delighted to be a Buchan fan.
I do put the caveat that it is of its time and all the accepted social mores and manners that accompany that period.

This wonderful, fourth in the series, Sir Richard Hannay adventure, sees Hannay, ex-General and under-cover agent in WWI, now 42, dragged from his wife, child, and Cotswold farming existence, back into harness to help the rescue of three young hostages, taken so that the villain can, as well as furthering his craze for crime and stopping his activities being investigated, obtain complete mental control over his acolytes.

Well-written, witty and exciting, it shows again Buchan's great narrative and descriptive skills. In a few phrases he can convince one that one is with Hannay as he tramps through the Cotswold meadows, or stalks his enemy in the Highlands.

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Good traditional simple romping thriller for most ages.

Love the traditional pro’s and sense of honour, with an unusually strong female character for the day.
Often claimed as a boy’s adventure author … I’m a lady in her 40’s and too enjoy his work. Clean, honourable fun and adventure.
Character References are stereotyped regarding classes and ‘foreigners’ from French to Arabs would not be acceptable for a current author (and rightly so on the whole), but this is a story of its time, written I believe by an honourable man of that time and class, and of historical value to understand the accepted ethical attitudes then.

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A world of coincidences

One of Dickens' characters suggested that coincidences were more likely to happen in London than anywhere else. This proves that coincidences are more likely to happen in a John Buchan novel.