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Mr. Standfast

Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
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In "Mr. Standfast," John Buchan once again delivers a thrilling spy novel filled with intrigue, danger, and heroism. The protagonist, Richard Hannay, is a compelling and complex character who must navigate a web of deception and betrayal as he works to uncover a sinister German plot during World War I.

Buchan's writing is sharp and engaging, drawing the reader into the heart-pounding action from the very first page. The pacing is swift, with twist and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. The detailed descriptions of the British countryside and the tense political climate of the time add depth and richness to the story.

What sets "Mr. Standfast" apart is its exploration of themes of patriotism, sacrifice, and friendship. The characters are well-developed, each with their own motivations and struggles, making them relatable and believable. Hannay's unwavering determination and bravery in the face of danger make him a truly memorable hero.

Overall, "Mr. Standfast" is a riveting and thought-provoking read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page. Fans of espionage thrillers and historical fiction will not be disappointed with this gripping tale of courage and resilience in the face of adversity.

Book Description:
This is the third of Buchan's Richard Hannay novels, following The Thirty-nine Steps and Greenmantle. Set, like Greenmantle, durinig World War I, it deals Brigadier-General Hannay's recall from the Western Front, to engage in espionage, and forced (much to his chagrin) to pose as a pacifist. He becomes a South African conscientious objector, using the name Cornelius Brand. Under the orders of his spymaster, Sir Walter Bullivant, he travels in the book through England to Scotland, back to the Western Front, and ultimately, for the book's denouement, into the Alps. Those who know Greenmantle will meet some old friends again here, including Bullivant, the American John Blenkiron, the South African Peter Pienaar and others.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 8, 2015
Subject: Great historical fiction!
I know of no finer author of early 20th century war and espionage fiction than Mr. Buchan. I wish I could shake his hand and thank him for all the hours of pleasure he has given me. MR STANDFAST is a prime example.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: Wonderful war story
Vivid portrayal of mystery, spies and war

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