The Best of John Buchan
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Long before James Bond was born, the man of action to whom His Majesty's Government turned when there was a devious espionage ring to be infiltrated, or an evil international super-spy to be brought to justice, was Richard Hannay. The most famous fictional creation of author, politician and statesman John Buchan, Hannay averted disaster for king and country on many occasions, in the process being hounded by ruthless villains from Scotland to the Swiss Alps and the wilds of Turkey. Together in this one volume are his three thrilling First World War adventures. In The Thirty-Nine Steps Hannay first becomes involved in the skulduggery of a German spy network, battling to expose them while being pursued by the police for a murder he didn't commit and by the enemy as well. Greenmantle begins just as Hannay finishes convalescing from wounds received on the battlefield in France. Now Major Hannay, he is reunited with some old friends and sent to thwart German plans to instigate a holy war in the Middle East. In Mr Standfast, Hannay is drafted back into the Secret Service once more and working undercover as a pacifist to bring down German operations in Britain.He comes up against the enemy's most cunning master spy, meeting the love of his life along the way.
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