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The Yellow Crayon   By: (1866-1946)

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The Yellow Crayon by Edward Phillips Oppenheim is an intriguing and thought-provoking novel that explores the complex world of espionage and political intrigue. Set against the backdrop of post-World War I Europe, the story follows the life of Richard Glynton, a talented artist turned spy.

What makes this book unique is the author's skillful blend of suspense and mystery, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. Oppenheim's writing style is smooth and engaging, effortlessly transporting readers into a world of danger and deception. The pacing is excellent, with a perfect balance of action-packed sequences and quieter reflective moments.

The protagonist, Richard Glynton, is a highly relatable character. Despite being initially portrayed as an unassuming artist, Glynton undergoes a profound transformation as he becomes entangled in a web of international conspiracies. His journey is not only physical but also psychological, as he grapples with the moral dilemmas of his chosen profession.

The plot of The Yellow Crayon is intricate and multi-layered, filled with unexpected twists and turns. Oppenheim skillfully weaves together multiple storylines and subplots, creating a rich tapestry of intrigue that keeps readers guessing until the final pages. One highlight of the book is the author's depiction of the intelligence networks of the time, which feels authentic and meticulously researched.

Furthermore, Oppenheim excels at capturing the atmosphere of post-war Europe, adding depth and realism to the narrative. From the opulent Parisian salons to the dangerous backstreets of Berlin, the settings are vividly described and serve as an integral part of the story. This attention to detail enhances the overall reading experience, making the book feel immersive and engaging.

If there is one aspect of The Yellow Crayon that could be improved, it is the character development of some secondary figures. While the main characters are well fleshed out, certain supporting cast members feel somewhat two-dimensional, lacking the depth and complexity that the story deserves. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

In conclusion, The Yellow Crayon is a captivating spy thriller that combines fast-paced action, intriguing plotlines, and well-crafted characters. Edward Phillips Oppenheim demonstrates his prowess as an author, delivering a thrilling read that will leave readers eager for more. Whether you are a fan of espionage novels or simply enjoy a well-told tale, this book is definitely worth picking up.

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By E. Phillips Oppenheim


It was late summer time, and the perfume of flowers stole into the darkened room through the half opened window. The sunlight forced its way through a chink in the blind, and stretched across the floor in strange zigzag fashion. From without came the pleasant murmur of bees and many lazier insects floating over the gorgeous flower beds, resting for a while on the clematis which had made the piazza a blaze of purple splendour. And inside, in a high backed chair, there sat a man, his arms folded, his eyes fixed steadily upon vacancy. As he sat then, so had he sat for a whole day and a whole night. The faint sweet chorus of glad living things, which alone broke the deep silence of the house, seemed neither to disturb nor interest him. He sat there like a man turned to stone, his forehead riven by one deep line, his straight firm mouth set close and hard. His servant, the only living being who had approached him, had set food by his side, which now and then he had mechanically taken. Changeless as a sphinx, he had sat there in darkness and in light, whilst sunlight had changed to moonlight, and the songs of the birds had given place to the low murmuring of frogs from a lake below the lawns.

At last it seemed that his unnatural fit had passed away... Continue reading book >>

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