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The Kidnapped President   By: (1867-1905)

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In "The Kidnapped President" by Guy Newell Boothby, readers are thrust into a thrilling world of political intrigue, daring adventures, and gripping suspense. Set during a turbulent era in a fictional South American country, this fast-paced novel weaves together a captivating story that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end.

One of the strongest aspects of Boothby's writing is his ability to create vivid and atmospheric settings. From the bustling streets of the capital city to the dense jungles and treacherous mountains, the author's attention to detail transports readers into a world that feels both unfamiliar and incredibly real. This level of immersion enhances the story, making the danger and challenges faced by the characters even more palpable.

Speaking of characters, Boothby excels in crafting a diverse and multi-dimensional cast that readers can connect with. The protagonist, President Gabriel Fergusson, is portrayed as a charismatic and strong-willed leader, determined to navigate the treacherous political landscape. His relentless pursuit of justice and unyielding determination to protect his people make him a truly admirable and relatable character.

Another noteworthy aspect of the book is the intricate plot, full of unexpected twists and turns. The titular event, the kidnapping of the President, kicks off a chain of events that exposes deep-rooted corruption and a web of conspiracy. As President Fergusson's allies and enemies become entwined in a dangerous game of power, readers are kept on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning the pages to uncover the truth.

Additionally, Boothby skillfully addresses themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the complexity of political systems. The author explores the moral dilemmas faced by the characters, forcing readers to question their own ethical boundaries and the realities of governance in a volatile world. This thought-provoking aspect adds depth to the narrative, elevating it beyond a mere adventure story.

If there is one aspect that deserves criticism, it would be the occasional tendency for the narrative to become overly convenient at times. Some plot developments and fortunate alliances may feel somewhat contrived, diminishing the realism that is otherwise a strength of the novel. However, this is a minor flaw in an otherwise gripping and enjoyable read.

In conclusion, "The Kidnapped President" by Guy Newell Boothby is a captivating thriller that successfully blends politics, adventure, and suspense. With its immersive settings, engaging characters, and a plot that keeps readers guessing, it is a book that will surely satisfy fans of the genre. Whether you are a political aficionado or simply looking for a thrilling escapade, this novel is an excellent choice that will leave you eagerly awaiting Boothby's next work.

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Transcriber's Note:

Inconsistent hyphenation and spelling in the original document have been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected.

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[Illustration: "'STOP!'"]

THE

KIDNAPPED PRESIDENT

BY

GUY BOOTHBY

AUTHOR OF

'DR. NIKOLA,' 'A BID FOR FORTUNE,' 'THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE DEVIL,' ETC.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY STANLEY L. WOOD

LONDON

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED

NEW YORK AND MELBOURNE

1902

'THE KIDNAPPED PRESIDENT'

CHAPTER I

I suppose to every man, at some period in his life, there comes some adventure upon which, in after life, he is destined to look back with a feeling that is very near akin to astonishment. Somebody has said that adventures are to the adventurous. In my case I must confess that I do not see how the remark applies. I was certainly fourteen years at sea, but in all that time, beyond having once fallen overboard in Table Bay, and, of course, the great business of which it is the purpose of this book to tell you, I cannot remember any circumstance that I could dignify with the title of an adventure. The sailor's calling in these times of giant steamships is so vastly different from what it was in the old days of sailing ships and long voyages that, with the most ordinary luck, a man might work his way up the ratlines from apprentice to skipper with little less danger than would be met with in a London merchant's office... Continue reading book >>




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