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A Lost Leader   By: (1866-1946)

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A Lost Leader by Edward Phillips Oppenheim is a captivating novel that explores themes of political intrigue, betrayal, and personal redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century Europe, the author weaves an intricate tale that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

The story revolves around the character of Felix Hollinshed, a charismatic political leader who mysteriously disappears during a critical juncture in European politics. As the repercussions of his absence ripple through the political landscape, his friends and foes alike are left questioning his motives and intentions.

Oppenheim skillfully develops the plot, creating a narrative filled with suspense and unexpected twists. The author's vivid descriptions transport the reader to opulent European cities, where power struggles and secret alliances dominate the political landscape. The pacing is well-maintained, ensuring that the readers' attention never wavers.

What sets A Lost Leader apart from other political thrillers is its exploration of complex characters. Hollinshed, the titular lost leader, is not a one-dimensional hero. Oppenheim delves into his inner conflicts, revealing the vulnerabilities that make him both relatable and flawed. The development of other key characters further enhances the depth of the story, creating a rich tapestry of motivations and personal histories.

The author's writing style is elegant and eloquent, immersing the readers in the story's atmosphere. Oppenheim's attention to detail helps bring the historical backdrop to life, making the reader feel as though they are watching events unfold firsthand. His ability to seamlessly blend political intrigue with personal drama is commendable and keeps the reader engaged throughout.

A Lost Leader, however, is not without its flaws. Some readers may find certain sections of the novel overly descriptive or slow-paced, interrupting the overall driving narrative. Additionally, while the story's conclusion ties up loose ends, it may leave some readers craving more resolution and closure for certain characters.

Overall, A Lost Leader is a well-written and engaging novel that fans of political thrillers will enjoy. Edward Phillips Oppenheim's masterful storytelling, rich character development, and immersive historical backdrop make this an intriguing and thought-provoking read. Despite its minor shortcomings, the novel is a testament to Oppenheim's skill as a writer and his ability to craft an enthralling tale of political intrigue.

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Author of "A Maker of History," "Mysterious Mr. Sabin," "The Master Mummer," "Anna the Adventuress," Etc.

Illustrated by Fred Pegram

Boston Little, Brown & Company





I Reconstruction

II The Woman with an Alias

III Wanted A Politician

IV The Duchess Asks a Question

V The Hesitation of Mr. Mannering

VI Sacrifice

VII The Duchess's "At Home"

VIII The Mannering Mystery

IX The Pumping of Mrs. Phillimore

X The Man with a Motive

XI Mannering's Alternative


I Borrowdean makes a Bargain

II "Cherchez la Femme"

III One of the "Sufferers"

IV Debts of Honour

V Love versus Politics

VI The Conscience of a Statesman

VII A Blow for Borrowdean

VIII A Page from the Past

IX The Faltering of Mannering

X The End of a Dream

XI Borrowdean shows his "Hand"

XII Sir Leslie Borrowdean incurs a Heavy Debt

XIII The Woman and the Other Woman


I Matrimony and an Awkward Meeting

II The Snub for Borrowdean

III Clouds and a Call to Arms

IV Disaster

V The Journalist Intervenes

VI Treachery and a Telegram

VII Mr. Mannering, M.P.

VIII Playing the Game

IX The Tragedy of a Key

X Blanche finds a Way Out


I The Persistency of Borrowdean

II Hester Thinks it "A Great Pity"

III Summoned to Windsor

IV Checkmate to Borrowdean

V A Brazen Proceeding





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