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Kingdom of the Blind   By: (1866-1946)

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Kingdom of the Blind by Edward Phillips Oppenheim is a thrilling novel that intricately weaves together mystery, suspense, and espionage. Set against the backdrop of post-war Europe, the story follows the protagonist as he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, betrayal, and unexpected alliances.

The narrative unfolds through a series of cleverly constructed plot twists and turns, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. Oppenheim's adept storytelling skills are apparent as he skillfully builds the suspense and maintains it throughout the book. Each chapter offers new revelations and insights, ensuring a compelling reading experience from start to finish.

The character development in this novel is remarkable. The protagonist, a seemingly ordinary individual, is thrust into a complex world of espionage and secret societies. As the story progresses, the readers witness his transformation from an unsuspecting pawn to a determined player in the high-stakes game of international espionage. Oppenheim's ability to depict the psychological and emotional growth of his characters adds depth and authenticity to the narrative.

One of the book's strengths lies in the author's vivid descriptions of the various settings. From the luxurious estates to the dimly lit alleyways, Oppenheim paints a vivid picture of the world in which the story unfolds. The attention to detail creates a palpable atmosphere, making the reader feel immersed in the story.

Another commendable aspect of Kingdom of the Blind is the author's insightful exploration of the complex moral dilemmas faced by the characters. As they navigate a world where loyalty and betrayal often go hand in hand, Oppenheim raises thought-provoking questions about the true nature of right and wrong. This philosophical undertone adds an additional layer of depth and complexity to the narrative.

However, some readers may find the pacing of the book to be a bit uneven. While the suspenseful moments are thrilling and engaging, there are occasional lulls in the story that may test the patience of the more action-oriented readers. Nevertheless, these moments are counterbalanced by the author's masterful ability to build tension and deliver satisfying payoffs.

Overall, Kingdom of the Blind is a captivating novel that combines elements of mystery, espionage, and moral ambiguity. Edward Phillips Oppenheim's impeccable storytelling skills, vivid descriptions, and well-crafted characters make it a worthwhile read for fans of suspenseful and thought-provoking literature.

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by E. Phillips Oppenheim


Lady Anselman stood in the centre of the lounge at the Ritz Hotel and with a delicately poised forefinger counted her guests. There was the great French actress who had every charm but youth, chatting vivaciously with a tall, pale faced man whose French seemed to be as perfect as his attitude was correct. The popular wife of a great actor was discussing her husband's latest play with a Cabinet Minister who had the air of a school boy present at an illicit feast. A very beautiful young woman, tall and fair, with grey blue eyes and a wealth of golden, almost yellow hair, was talking to a famous musician. A little further in the background, a young man in the uniform of a naval lieutenant was exchanging what seemed to be rather impressive chaff with a petite but exceedingly good looking girl. Lady Anselman counted them twice, glanced at the clock and frowned.

"I can't remember whom we are waiting for!" she exclaimed a little helplessly to the remaining guest, a somewhat tired looking publisher who stood by her side. "I am one short. I dare say it will come to me in a minute. You know every one, I suppose, Mr. Daniell?"

The publisher shook his head.

"I have met Lord Romsey and also Madame Selarne," he observed. "For the rest, I was just thinking what a stranger I felt... Continue reading book >>

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