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Trapped by Malays A Tale of Bayonet and Kris   By: (1831-1909)

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Trapped by Malays A Tale of Bayonet and Kris by George Manville Fenn is a captivating adventure novel set in the heart of Malaysia. Fenn skillfully weaves a story of survival, betrayal, and bravery, taking readers on a thrilling journey into the dangerous depths of the tropical rainforest.

The story follows the odyssey of Tom Hardysman, a resourceful and courageous young man whose life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself caught up in a treacherous civil war in Malaysia. Fenn's vivid and evocative descriptions effortlessly transport readers to the lush surroundings of the Southeast Asian country, immersing them in the harsh realities of the protagonist's struggle for survival.

One of the most impressive aspects of this novel is Fenn's ability to bring the characters to life. Each individual is well-developed and multifaceted, making it easy for readers to empathize and deeply engage with their journeys. Tom's steadfast determination and quick-thinking make him a compelling protagonist who continually defies the odds.

Additionally, Fenn's attention to detail and extensive research shines through in his portrayal of the local culture and customs. From the vibrant markets to the rituals and beliefs of the indigenous tribes, every aspect feels authentic, adding depth and richness to the narrative.

The pacing of the novel is impeccable, with Fenn masterfully balancing moments of intense action with periods of reflection and character development. The suspense and tension are palpable, leaving readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate countless twists and turns.

While the narrative is primarily focused on the harrowing experiences of the characters, Fenn also explores underlying themes of honor, loyalty, and the clash of civilizations. Tom's encounters with both enemy combatants and sympathetic locals force him to question his own beliefs and challenge societal norms.

However, it is worth noting that Fenn's prose occasionally falls into predictable patterns, and some phrases and descriptions may feel repetitive. Similarly, the dialogue can occasionally feel stilted and lacks the nuance and authenticity found in the rest of the narrative.

Nonetheless, Trapped by Malays A Tale of Bayonet and Kris is an enthralling adventure that will appeal to lovers of historical fiction and tales of survival. Fenn's vivid storytelling and expertly crafted characters make it a worthy addition to the genre, serving as a testament to his skill as a writer.

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Trapped by Malays, A Tale of Bayonet and Kris, by George Manville Fenn.

This is good lively yarn by the master of suspense. There is continuous action throughout the book, and you are kept on your toes wondering how we are going to get through the latest apparent disaster. Sometimes just a little reminiscent of The Middy and the Ensign, set in a similar location, with similar personnel, but different enough to escape too much criticism. Makes a good audiobook.




"Oh, bother!" The utterer of these two impatient words threw down a sheet of notepaper from which he had been reading, carefully smoothed out the folds to make it flat, and then, balancing it upon one finger as he sat back in a cane chair with his heels upon the table, gave the paper a flip with his nail and sent it skimming out of the window of his military quarters at Campong Dang, the station on the Ruah River, far up the west coast of the Malay Peninsula.

"What does the old chap want now? Another wigging, I suppose. What have I been doing to make him write a note like that? Note?" he continued, after a pause... Continue reading book >>

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