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The Newcastle Journal. "Mr. Ambrose Pratt has with conspicuous success followed up his previous ventures in the world of romance with a tale that for sensation and daring originality goes to the furthermost limit. 'Vigorous Daunt' is an amazing creation."

The Sheffield Telegraph. "'Vigorous Daunt, Billionaire,' is worthy of a place among the best of its kind. The book is capital reading."

The Scotsman. "The novel is at once fresh, witty, ingenious, and full of entertainment. In his portrayal of character and the creation of incidents and situations, Mr. Pratt's audacity simply defies criticism; he has given free rein, with literary taste, to a vivacious imagination."

The Dundee Courier. "If you want innocent excitement read 'Vigorous Daunt.' His wild adventures will make you grasp your chair arms as you read."

The Hull Weekly News. "Well written, this book is one that can be well recommended. It is certain to keep the attention and to prove attractive."


Financial Times. "The book is written in a clear, lively style, and as the interest is well sustained to the end, it should enhance the author's already considerable reputation."

People's Saturday Journal. "A tale in no wise lacking in human interest. From the first page to the last the tale grips, and its pleasant humour is well handled and its cynicism will appeal to all who like a breezy tale well told."

The Bristol Times. "Mr. Ambrose Pratt has given us of the best of his work in this tale. We have not for some time read a novel that interested and held us right through as this has done."

Glasgow Herald. "The very considerable merit of the story lies in its vivid picture of the resolutely adverse and conflicting forces. Besides illustrating the author's grip of characterization, the story gives fresh evidence of his descriptive vigour and his literary accomplishment."

Northern Whig. "A tale at once cleverly told and absorbingly interesting throughout. It will appeal to all readers who relish rapid movement and imaginative sweep of a writer who evidently closely observes men and manners."


The Daily Telegraph. "Mr. Pratt is nothing if not startling. In this story he unfolds amazing experiences in such a dauntless and effective manner that he almost succeeds in making such curious and furiously exciting adventures appear to be real."

The Daily Graphic. "In 'The Counterstroke' the author has surpassed his previous efforts and given us a tale which is daring in its conception and powerful in its narration. From the first page, on which we are introduced to the 'Academy of ex Ambassadors' and Mr. Perigord, their mysterious master, down to the last, the book never loses its hold upon the reader."

Dundee Advertiser. "Ambrose Pratt is to be heartily congratulated on the imaginary gifts and the marvellous ingenuity displayed in his book. It is one of absorbing interest, and the reader pursues with almost breathless eagerness the many and varied experiences of Lord Francis Crossingham, the brave hero of the book."

The People's Journal. "There have been many Nihilist novels written, but few which contain the grip and strength of Mr. Ambrose Pratt's story. His plot is daring to a degree. It is worked out with an ingenuity which cannot but appeal to all those readers who like a cleverly constructed romance in which the interest is kept up to the end."

The Evening News. "A novel never to be forgotten."

Belfast Northern Whig. "A story which keeps the reader absorbed all the time."

The Dublin Daily Express. "A novel which should be eagerly read, and anyone who reads it will look eagerly for further books from Mr. Pratt's pen."

The Newcastle Chronicle. "Tremendously exciting."

Southport Visitor. "Crowded with incident, is full of excitement, and abounds in dramatic and delicate situations."

Leeds Mercury. "Written in vigorous and dashing style, the story will certainly commend itself to a wide circle of readers... Continue reading book >>

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