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The Red Planet

The Red Planet by William John Locke
By: (1863-1930)

The Red Planet by William John Locke is a captivating story that delves into the complexities of human relationships, ambition, and the pursuit of happiness. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century England, the novel follows the lives of two brothers, Jack and Herbert, as they navigate the challenges of love and duty.

Locke does an excellent job of creating well-rounded characters that are both relatable and flawed. Jack is a struggling writer who dreams of achieving literary success, while Herbert is a successful lawyer who is determined to climb the social ladder at any cost. Their contrasting personalities and desires create tension and conflict throughout the story, making for a compelling and engaging read.

In addition to the rich character development, Locke's writing is beautifully descriptive, transporting the reader to the lush English countryside and bustling city streets of London. His attention to detail and vivid imagery bring the setting to life, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative.

Overall, The Red Planet is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that explores themes of ambition, family, and the fleeting nature of happiness. Locke's skillful storytelling and engaging prose make this a book that is sure to stay with readers long after they turn the final page.

Book Description:
Set during WWI in England, The Red Planet is a rich tale about the life in a little English town from the point of view of Major Duncan Meredyth, a disabled veteran of the Boer Wars. As he struggles to keep his life and the lives of those he cares for in harmony, he must also shelter a dark secret regarding one of the village's favorite sons.

The Red Planet was the third bestselling novel in the United States for 1917.

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