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Never-Fail Blake   By: (1874-1950)

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Never-Fail Blake by Arthur Stringer is a gripping page-turner that transports readers into the thrilling world of espionage and danger. Set in the backdrop of World War II, this action-packed novel follows the life of protagonist Blake, an undercover agent who is assigned with an almost impossible task - to infiltrate and dismantle a powerful spy ring.

From the very first page, Stringer succeeds in capturing the reader's attention with his masterful storytelling. The plot is tightly woven, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat throughout. The author effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance into a seamless narrative that never loses its momentum.

One of the standout features of Never-Fail Blake is the compelling and complex characters that populate its pages. Blake himself is a flawed but charismatic hero, making him relatable and easy to root for. His internal struggle with his own identity and loyalties adds depth and dimension to his character, making him feel like a fleshed-out individual rather than just another 2D action hero. The supporting cast is equally memorable, with each character playing a crucial role in driving the story forward.

Stringer's writing style is concise and effective, allowing the story to unfold at a brisk pace. His vivid descriptions transport readers to various locations, from the gritty back alleys of wartime Europe to the opulent corridors of power. The author's attention to detail is commendable, painting a realistic and immersive picture of the era.

While Never-Fail Blake may primarily be classified as a thriller, it also explores deeper themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the murky nature of morality during times of war. The moral dilemmas faced by the characters add an intriguing layer of complexity to the story, forcing readers to question their own ethical boundaries.

However, despite its many strengths, the novel does suffer from occasional pacing issues. At times, the plot can feel rushed, with certain events unfolding too quickly to fully appreciate their significance. Additionally, some readers may find the romantic subplot to be slightly predictable and lacking in originality.

Overall, Never-Fail Blake is an exciting and engaging read that will captivate fans of espionage thrillers. Arthur Stringer delivers a thrilling narrative that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end. With its compelling characters, well-crafted plot, and thought-provoking themes, this novel is a must-read for anyone seeking a thrilling adventure set against the backdrop of World War II.

First Page:

Supertales of Modern Mystery




[Frontispiece: "Then why can't you marry me?"]

Mckinlay, Stone & Mackenzie New York Copyright, 1913, by The Bobbs Merrill Company



Blake, the Second Deputy, raised his gloomy hound's eyes as the door opened and a woman stepped in. Then he dropped them again.

"Hello, Elsie!" he said, without looking at her.

The woman stood a moment staring at him. Then she advanced thoughtfully toward his table desk.

"Hello, Jim!" she answered, as she sank into the empty chair at the desk end. The rustling of silk suddenly ceased. An aphrodisiac odor of ambergris crept through the Deputy Commissioner's office.

The woman looped up her veil, festooning it about the undulatory roll of her hat brim. Blake continued his solemnly preoccupied study of the desk top.

"You sent for me," the woman finally said. It was more a reminder than a question. And the voice, for all its quietness, carried no sense of timidity. The woman's pale face, where the undulating hat brim left the shadowy eyes still more shadowy, seemed fortified with a calm sense of power. It was something more than a dormant consciousness of beauty, though the knowledge that men would turn back to a face so wistful as hers, and their judgment could be dulled by a smile so narcotizing, had not a little to do with the woman's achieved serenity... Continue reading book >>

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