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Mufti   By: (1888-1937)

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Mufti by H. C. McNeile is a fascinating and thrilling novel that takes readers on a fast-paced adventure through the world of intelligence and espionage. Set during World War II, the story follows Major Hugh Strangeways, a British officer whose exceptional skills and intelligence make him an indispensable asset to the military.

What sets Mufti apart from other war novels is its focus on the inner workings of intelligence operations. McNeile's detailed and well-researched portrayal of the intelligence services provides readers with an insightful glimpse into the high-stakes world of espionage. From decoding enemy messages to organizing covert missions, the author's depiction of the strategic planning involved in these operations is both stimulating and enlightening.

The protagonist, Major Hugh Strangeways, is a compelling character. He possesses a sharp mind, unwavering loyalty, and nerves of steel, making him the perfect fit for the dangerous and demanding tasks he is assigned. However, what truly sets him apart is his human side. Strangeways is flawed yet relatable, allowing readers to connect with him on a deeper level. His struggles with personal demons and the toll that war takes on one's mental and emotional well-being add depth and complexity to his character.

The plot of Mufti is expertly crafted, with twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout the book. The narrative moves at a brisk pace, guaranteeing that there is never a dull moment. McNeile's skillful storytelling keeps the reader engaged and invested in the outcome of the missions and the fate of the characters involved.

Furthermore, the atmosphere and setting of the novel are vividly depicted. McNeile's attention to detail transports the reader to war-torn Europe, immersing them in the chaos, fear, and uncertainty of the time. The author's descriptive prose and ability to create tension make the reader feel as if they are right alongside the characters, experiencing the danger and suspense firsthand.

One aspect that may be of note to readers is the occasional use of outdated language and cultural references. While these elements are reflective of the time period in which the novel is set, some readers may find them challenging or off-putting. However, it is important to approach the book with an understanding of its historical context and appreciate it as a product of its time.

In conclusion, Mufti by H. C. McNeile delivers an exhilarating, action-packed story that will captivate fans of war literature and espionage thrillers. With its well-developed characters, intricate plot, and richly detailed setting, the novel proves to be an entertaining and enlightening read. McNeile's expertise in crafting a story that seamlessly combines history, intrigue, and human drama makes Mufti a standout addition to the genre.

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"No Man's Land," "Men, Women and Guns," "The Human Touch," "The Lieutenant and Others," "Sergeant Michael Cassidy," etc.

Hodder and Stoughton London New York Toronto MCMXIX

To P. B. D.




The officer lying back in the home made chair tilted the peak of his cap over his eyes and let his book slip gently to the ground. A few moments later, after various unavailing waves of the hand, he pulled out a handkerchief of striking design and carefully adjusted it over his face. Then, with his hands dug deep in his pockets to remove even a square inch of skin from the ubiquitous fly, he prepared to slumber. And shortly afterwards a gentle rise and fall of the centre bulldog, so wonderfully portrayed on the bandana, announced that he had succeeded.

To anyone fresh from England who desired to see War the scene would have been disappointing. There were no signs of troops swinging down a road, singing blithely, with a cheery smile of confidence on their faces and demanding to be led back forthwith to battle with the Huns. There were no guns belching forth: the grim Panoply of War, whatever it may mean, was conspicuous by its absence. Only a very fat quartermaster sergeant lay asleep in the sun and snored, while an ancient and dissolute old warrior, near by, was engaged in clearing out a drain as part of his Field Punishment, and had just discovered a dead dog in it... Continue reading book >>

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